Application Details

The Community Foundations administers scholarship funds established by individuals, families, corporations, and organizations to assist high school and other students in pursuit of educational opportunities which will help them meet and exceed their goals. These awards are charitable grants that the recipient is not required to repay. Scholarships may be used for legitimate educational expenses such as tuition, fees, and books.

Most of our scholarship awards have very specific eligibility criteria. While we have a single, Common Application  that covers over 50 awards, you may be required to answer specific eligibility questions, submit additional essays, and/or specific letters of recommendation, depending on the award(s) you are applying for.  

We suggest you start your scholarship search by downloading and reading our Scholarship Directory, or using the Search Feature on our website. We also recommend downloading and printing our Eligibility Worksheet to determine which scholarships to apply to, and the special letters of or essays you may need to complete. 
 

Please check this site periodically as more scholarships may be added over the course of the year.

If after reviewing the materials in this section you have any questions, please contact
Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs.


Components of a Good Application

Essay

  • Write about the subject matter that is listed
  • Tie your essay to the specific scholarship when possible (personal touches stand out in the crowd)
  • Use spell check and follow proper grammar, punctuation and capitalization rules
  • Proofread (at a minimum read 

Transcript

  • Obtain an official copy from your school, usually from a guidance counselor

FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)

  • You must fill out the FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid
  • This may be time consuming, so plan ahead
  • Information is based on your most recent tax information
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated from the completed FAFSA, and will indicate the amount of financial aid you are eligible for
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is usually located in the upper right corner of the SAR report

Letters of Recommendation

  • Should  be from employer, teacher, guidance counselor, clergy, or coach
  • Should not be from a relative
  • Pay special attention to scholarships which require specific letters be submitted
  • If using our third party email feature, be sure to double check the email addresses of those you are requesting a letter from

Resume

  • Should include: employment history, extracurricular activities, community service, athletic and leadership activities
  • Include awards and honors received
  • Include name of employer/activity/organization, position/role, dates of participation, time participated


Additional Resources for Scholarships

Our website and scholarships are just a starting point. It makes good sense to investigate all possible sources of assistance for which you may be eligible. Look into the following potential sources:
  • Guidance counselor/department
  • Hometown newspapers: prior year papers in April, May and June may list other scholarship programs (Contact sponsoring organizations for more information)
  • House of worship (see if your local or the national organization offers any student aid programs)
  • Local civic and fraternal organizations (ex. Rotary Club, Masons, Lions Club, Garden Clubs, etc.)
  • Religious Groups
  • Veterans' posts (many local, state and national units sponsor some scholarship program, especially for children of service members)
  • Employers (for you or your parent/guardian)
  • Labor unions or trade and professional organizations (check to see if you or your parents are members)
  • Military affiliation (children of active or veteran service members)
  • State Department of Higher Education
  • College Financial Aid Office
 
Most of our scholarship awards have very specific eligibility criteria. While we have a common application that covers over 50 awards, you may be required to answer specific eligibility questions, submit additional essays, and/or specific letters of recommendation, depending on the award(s) you are applying for.