The Community Foundation has nearly 100 scholarship funds available, from which we awarded more than $498,000 in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Scholarships can be used for tuition, books and academic fees, but not for room and board. Scholarship payments made for room and board are taxable to the recipient. Click here to access the IRS website for more information.
Traditional Scholarships (General Scholarship Application)
Deadline: March 15 @ 4:30 p.m.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
An eligible applicant can be a current high school senior, high school or homeschool program graduate, or have received a GED or TASC certificate. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a higher education program for the upcoming academic year.
The general application (March 15 deadline) is open to both traditional and non-traditional students.
Traditional students are defined as those who transition straight from high school to college or a vocational/technical program.
The Community Foundation defines non-traditional students as those who 1) do not immediately continue their education after completing high school or a GED/TASC program, or 2) have continued their education but were interrupted for personal or financial reasons that resulted in a break from their education for more than a year. Non-traditional students are generally over the age of 20. Non-traditional students can apply for scholarships anytime throughout the year using the Non-Traditional Scholarship Application.
People who are ineligible include:
- Any member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and their “related persons*.”
- Any employee of the Foundation and their related persons.
- Any donor/advisor or substantial contributor to the Fund making the award and their related persons.
- Any member of a selection committee for the fund for which they are helping select and their related persons.
*”Related persons” include an individual’s parents, grandparents, great grandparents, spouse, siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the spouses of all of the above.
How the Community Foundation Determines Financial Need
The majority of our scholarships require financial need as an eligibility factor. This requirement is made by the donor at the time they established the scholarship fund.
The Community Foundation may consider two factors when determining financial need: 1) Your Expected Financial Contribution (EFC), which is issued to you on your Student Aid Report after you file FAFSA, and 2) Your response to a question about need on your application. We will not allow you to receive Community Foundation scholarships in excess of your tuition costs, since our scholarships do not cover room and board.
If you have additional scholarship questions, please contact our program staff or call 574-267-1901.
For Profit Colleges
The Community Foundation may not be able to award a scholarship to a student attending a for-profit college, university or trade school. For more information, click here.
This is an incredible resource for college bound students and their families to compare college costs among several different schools, complete with estimated aid packages, based on information you provide. This service is FREE.
Provides information about a loan forgiveness program for qualified Kosciusko County residents.