2020 Scholarship Process Is Now Open
Community Foundation scholarships are offered annually for high school seniors and college students, as well as adults (for high school juniors, please visit the Mother Moon Service Scholarship). Scholarships are for students who will be attending a college, university, trade school, or community college this fall. Most scholarships are for one year, but some are 2-year, some 4-year, and some are renewable. Each scholarship may have its own eligibility requirements, but there is only one common application to complete.
The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2020
Am I Eligible?
Before applying you should determine if you are eligible for one or more scholarships. To do so, review the Scholarship Eligibility Checklist below. This checklist will help you determine if it is worth your time to complete the common application.
How Much Are Scholarships Worth and Other Frequently Asked Questions
This year, the Community Foundation is expected to award approximately $500,000 in scholarships. The average scholarship is about $1,800. Find out when scholarships are announced and the answers to other frequently asked questions by clicking the link below.
How to Apply
Once you have determined that you are eligible for one or more scholarships, you’ll need to complete the common application, which can be accessed by signing into the Scholarship Site. If this is your first time using the site, you’ll need to begin by creating an account. Once logged in, the application will be available. Applicants can work on completing the questions all at once or in stages, saving the application and logging back in as needed. The application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2020. Incomplete or hard copies will not be accepted.
To create an account in the online system, applicants will need an email address and a password. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use an email address that they will have access to even after graduating from high school because if awarded a scholarship, there are some extra steps to be completed in the online system during June and July. In other words, avoid using email addresses issued by your high school, as they are not usually accessible after graduation.
The common application requires the following:
- Basic information about who you are (name, address, birthdate, etc.)
- A summary of your extra-curricular experiences (activities, volunteering, jobs, etc.)
- A transcript of your academic record. (An unofficial transcript will work.)
- An essay that addresses the following: What are your educational goals and the steps that you will take to achieve those goals? What are your career goals and the steps you will take to achieve them? Why did you choose these goals?
- A letter of recommendation. (For more information about this, see the FAQ section.)
You have the option of submitting a copy of your Student Aid Report, which is what you receive after submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is not required, however, we strongly encourage you to submit your Student Aid Report so that you can be considered eligible for the many of scholarships that
After you submit your application, the online system automatically matches it to any scholarships for which you are eligible. Sometimes you may be matched to a scholarship that requires some additional information, which you can review and consider if it you wish to complete the additional details (See the FAQ section for additional information.)
- For high school students: Successful applications are announced in May at your high school’s award ceremony
- For all other applicants: Successful applications are announced in early June via email.
- For all applicants: You will know the results of your application—successful or otherwise—by email in mid-June.
Accepting the Scholarship:
Once awarded a scholarship, you will need to submit the scholarship acceptance materials by July 15. (See the FAQ section for more details.)
Checks will be issued to your college/university on August 5.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
The above instruction on how to apply for scholarships are specific to the Community Foundation funds that share the common application. (For more details about those funds, click here.) The Community Foundation also administers a number of funds that have an application process that is “external” to us (e.g., applications are handled by schools or community groups, not CFNEIA). For a list of those funds and how to apply to them, click here.