How to Apply for a Scholarship

If you’re a high school or homeschooled senior, current college student, early college senior, or adult learner/returning student, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFMC) may have a scholarship for you. We manage one of the largest scholarship programs in our area, with $1.2 million committed to students and over 800 new and renewed scholarships awarded each year.

Our scholarship application period opens October 19, 2018 and ends February 1, 2019. Our scholarships are awarded once per year. Scholarship recipients will be notified about their awards in April and will be recognized at their high school awards ceremony. Current college students will be notified by mail in late June.

To be eligible, you must be a resident of one of the 15 local school districts of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and a graduate of a Muskegon County school, either private or public, with certain exceptions.

Scholarships are paid to accredited institutions and divided equally between the terms of the academic year. The scholarship award is used toward the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books, or other educational expenses the student may incur. While many scholarships are for specific types of students, colleges, or fields of study, the Foundation’s process is a “general application.” Each individual application is reviewed and matched with the best-fitting scholarship source. If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, contact Dana Scott, Scholarship Coordinator, or 231.332.4104.

A complete scholarship application has three parts: submit the online application, request a transcript be sent to the Foundation, and provide a Student Aid Report (provided you can complete your FAFSA). Be sure that you have completed all three parts! Before you start your application, read through our handy 2019 Scholarship Application Checklist. Detailed instructions for the Submittable application portal are located here. Click this button below to create an account with our online scholarship application or to login to finish your application and submit. submit

Renewing a Multiple-Year Existing Scholarship

If you received a multiyear scholarship in the previous year(s), you must submit an official transcript of your fall grades with your renewal application by March 1. You will be contacted by our scholarship staff in January. Not all scholarships are renewable.

Our Scholarships and the Muskegon Area Promise

In order to maximize scholarship support for all students in Muskegon County, we concentrate our scholarship dollars on students who are not eligible for the Muskegon Area Promise. To be eligible for the Promise, a student must: be a 2018 graduate of Calvary Christian Schools, Fruitport Community Schools, Holton Public Schools, Mona Shores Public Schools, Montague Area Public Schools, Muskegon Catholic Central, Muskegon Covenant Academy, Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy, North Muskegon Public Schools, Oakridge Public Schools, Orchard View Schools, Ravenna Public Schools, Reeths-Puffer Schools, Western Michigan Christian, and Whitehall District Schools; have a grade point average of 3.5 or above; and be attending Baker College or Muskegon Community College. Graduates of Promise schools are welcome to apply for a CFMC scholarship, however, applicants with a grade point average solidly above 3.5 and plans to attend Baker College or Muskegon Community College will not be considered. If an applicant is determined to be Promise-eligible after being awarded a CFMC scholarship, the Scholarship Committees will award that scholarship to another student. If you are a Promise recipient, once you have completed two years at Baker College or Muskegon Community College, you are encouraged to apply for a CFMC scholarship to support your remaining higher education.

Recent Scholarship Recipients

View a complete listing of recently awarded scholarships, including the recipient and amount awarded for each scholarship.

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Available Scholarships

View a complete list of scholarship funds managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

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