apply for a scholarship
How to Apply
The Community Foundation's scholarship application portal opens November 2021.
Eligibility and application materials vary from scholarship to scholarship. Carefully review scholarship guidelines before applying.
Check our scholarship timeline to learn when area high school seniors may begin an online application. Students should complete the General Information section, then the Essay section. The application's qualifying questions will allow you to enter your high school and receive information about the scholarships to which you may apply. The online application will replicate your information for each qualifying scholarship opportunity, but students will need to provide a separate essay for each. You will be asked to provide information about your curricular and extracurricular activities, your work history, etc.
Students will use features within the online application to contact their school guidance counselor for transcript information. Students will also use the tools provided to request letters of recommendation from people who know you well and can speak about your character and accomplishments. Be sure to allow ample time for your chosen referral providers to return the recommendations.
Once you have begun an application, you may save your work and return to the application at any time.
Click here to access the online scholarship application portal and begin your scholarship application. The scholarship portal opens in November and closes at the beginning of March.
If you have questions, please contact Ali Thomas by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-373-9292.
You will be asked to provide:
- General Information
- An essay of up to 900 words for each scholarship fund to which you would like to apply.
- Your High School Transcript
You will need email contact information for your guidance counselor - you will use the online system to request your transcript.
- Your official SAT Scores
You will need email contact information for a teacher who knows you well - you will use the online system to request an academic recommendation.
You will need email contact information for a supervisor, employer, etc. who knows you well (not a relative) - you will use the online system to request an personal recommendation.
For athletic scholarships:
You will need email contact information for your coach - you will use the online system to request an athletic recommendation.
For scholarships with a faith-based component:
You will need email contact information for your minister, youth pastor etc. - you will use the online system to request a faith-based recommendation.
- You may also include the following, if applicable.
- Up to 5 Academic Honors
- Up to 5 School and Community Service Activities
- Up to 5 Work Experiences