Independence Scholarship Award

To help further diversity, equity, and inclusion at the College Internship Program by subsidizing the cost of tuition for motivated individuals of color and those who are economically disadvantaged who may personally and professionally benefit from the CIP program

About the Independence Award

The Independence Award Scholarship strives to help keep education within reach by providing financial support in the form of scholarships to qualifying students. Qualifying students meet CIP’s admissions criteria, have been accepted to CIP’s Full Year Program, and are either economically disadvantaged or of minority heritage, including but not limited to Black, African-American, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Latinx, Chicanx, Native American, and multiracial.

Recognizing the need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Independence Award aims to provide greater opportunity and access to those who wish to enroll in the College Internship Programs Full Year Program offering.

The CIP Independence Award Scholarship supports individuals’ success by helping students achieve a personalized education and invest in a better future. Established in 2021, CIP’s Independence Award Scholarship is committed to providing a limited number of up to $19,000 annual scholarships to qualified new and returning Full Year Program students.

Eligibility Requirements

All Independence Award applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Meet CIP’s admissions criteria and have been formally accepted into a CIP Full Year Program 
  • Are either economically disadvantaged or a part of minority heritage, including but not limited to Black, African-American, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Latinx, Chicanx, Native American, and/or multiracial
  • Are U.S. citizens
  • Have access to the remaining required funds for enrollment in the Full Year Program

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply by the preceding April 30th of the program year. The window for applying is between January 1st and April 30th annually. Applicants must have previously applied and been accepted to CIP’s Full Year Program. An online scholarship application form must be submitted in full to be considered eligible for an award. The application form is available at the bottom of this page.

Selection & Awards

The CIP selection committee will communicate decisions to all applicants no later than May 30th annually. The recipient and their financial sponsor will be notified via mail, email, and by phone. Awardees must respond within two (2) weeks to notify CIP of their acceptance of the award and intent to enroll.


  • Awards are eligible for use in CIP’s Full-Year Program only and apply as discounted annual tuition only (not applicable to pay for fees). Students whose tuition is funded wholly by other means are not eligible. Discounts have no actual cash value and cannot be applied to another program or service outside of CIP’s Full Year Tuition
  • A scholarship is awarded on a recurring basis annually until graduated/withdrawn for three (3) consecutive year periods. Applications for extensions after three years are allowed
  • Students must maintain sufficient performance in the program as determined by CIP in order to remain eligible for enrollment and Independence Award contributions
  • Award funds can be used in conjunction with CIP’s Summer Program discounts and/or sibling discounts. No additional restrictions apply to CIP’s monthly payment plan options. Funds cannot be used for a non-refundable enrollment deposit or any other fees
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The application deadline for the next program year commencing in the fall is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted. The annual window for applying to the Independence Award scholarship program is between January 1st and April 30th for the coming program year beginning in the Fall.

Admissions Questions?

Contact our National Admissions Office at +1 (877) 566-9247, email us at, or complete our Online Request Form.