How do I apply for a Scholarship?
This section is for students and educators who are interested in learning about the scholarship programs of the Community Foundation. If you are interested in establishing a Scholarship Fund, click here.
How to Apply
The steps outlined below will help you select the scholarship that best suits you and allow you to apply in a timely manner.
If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact Laura Pynn, Director of our Scholarship program.
STEP 1: Read the following requirements and guidelines in their entirety.
- Online Guide to Scholarship Funds
- Scholarship Application FAQ
- Applicants Guide to the Online Scholarship Application
STEP 2: Select the scholarships for which you are eligible to apply.
STEP 3: Complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
Did you know…the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available to complete beginning in October of each year! Don’t delay. You must upload the Student Aid Report (SAR) by our scholarship application deadline to be considered for a scholarship. Please, we need the entire SAR report, not just the FAFSA confirmation and snapshot of expected family contribution you receive immediately after completing the FAFSA. The SAR is sent to you via email about three days after you complete the FAFSA online. Visit www.fafsa.gov to get started!
STEP 4: Request a letter of recommendation and your academic transcript.
Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for a letter of recommendation and academic transcript! As soon as you know you are going to apply for a scholarship that requires a letter of recommendation, start putting the necessary documents together, then select and ask your ideal ‘recommender’ if they would be willing to help you out.
STEP 5: Complete the Financial Statement and Statement of Parental Refusal (if applicable).
You will need to upload these completed forms to the Online Scholarship Application.
- Financial Statement for Scholarship Application
- Statement of Parental Refusal to Complete FAFSA and Provide Student Support
STEP 6: Complete the online scholarship application.
All scholarship applications must now be submitted through our online scholarship management system. So when you’re ready to apply, click the “Apply Now” button below. If you have technical difficulty with our system, please read our helpful guide or contact CFNRV.
Important Dates for 2017-2018
- Online Application Opens: Monday, October 9th, 2017
- Application Deadline: Friday, February 9th, 2018; 5 pm
- Recipients Announced: Last week of April 2018
- Funds Awarded: The first week of May 2018
- Funds Sent: The scholarship will be sent directly to the applicant’s selected college in early July.
Note: ALL application components, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by this deadline.