First Time Applicants Overview

The key to success is to start early so that all parts of your application will reach us by the deadline of March 1, 2019.

You must register for a student account on this website in order to apply.  Once your account has been approved, you can log in to your new account and fill out the application. 

The online application has four parts:

  1. Personal Information;
  2. Short Essays (2)
  3. Financial Information of Student and Parents
  4. Certification of Accuracy / Materials Release Form

The following information is also required as part of your application:

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation: 

    - Contact the people whom you will ask for a recommendation and provide them with a copy of the Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation. Please note: one letter of recommendation must be from a teacher or counselor who is familiar with your academic and performance abilities. The second letter should be submitted by someone who supervised you in an extracurricular activity such as a student club, sport, or volunteer organization, who has employed you or who knows you well in another context. Letters of recommendation should be sent as an attachment directly from the letter writer's e-mail account to applications@igcscholarships.org.

    Be sure that the people you ask to write your recommendations know that their letters must be received by our deadline of March 1, 2019, in order to be considered. 
     
  2. Transcript

    If you are a high school student, please provide an electronic copy of an official high school transcript that verifies a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.  If you are applying as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year college student, provide an electronic copy of an official transcript from your current college that verifies a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (some exceptions to the GPA of 2.7 requirement may be considered for those applicants who have only completed their first year of college.)
     
  3. SAT and/or ACT Scores

    If you have taken the SAT or ACT or both, submit an electronic copy of an unofficial copy of your total scores.
     
  4. One page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) taken from FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.

    Complete your FAFSA report early so you will receive your report with the amount of your EFC in time to include a copy of the report with this scholarship application.

    - If You Are Not a Citizen you will not be eligible for federal student aid, but you may be eligible for aid from the State of California or from your college.
    - If you submitted the CA Dream Act application last year you should complete it again now. 
    - If you did NOT submit a CA Dream Act application last year, please consult your advisor for the best current advice about the wisdom of applying for Dream Act funding.

    The application is now available at https://dream.csac.ca.gov. This should be done in time to include a copy of your EFC with this scholarship application.
     
  5. Personal Photo.

    Upload a recent high-resolution digital photo of yourself (at least one megabyte) to your student account. Most phone camera pictures are the correct resolution. Upload your photo "actual size" to insure it will be large enough.  Your application is not complete until we receive your photo.

Please scan and upload the requested documents listed in items 2 through 5 to your account. Documents received after the deadline of March 1, 2019, will not be accepted.