Student Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible to apply?
Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor when the fund was established. Please read through the specific criteria in each of the scholarship listings to see if you are eligible. Additionally, before you are able to begin an application in our online scholarship system, you will be prompted to complete an eligibility quiz, which will tell you which scholarships you can apply for based on each one's criteria.

How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
There is no charge to apply.

Are the scholarships awarded sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?
No. These scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for scholarships through the Foundation, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, loans and work-study awards. A complete financial package can be put together by your college financial aid office and may include a portion of each of the above types of financial aid.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get?
Scholarships offer varying award amounts, which range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the size of the particular fund, the number of qualified applicants, and the wishes of the donors. Some are renewable based on GPA.

May I receive grants from more than one scholarship?
Yes, you can apply to all the scholarships for which you are eligible and can be selected as a recipient by any or all.

How do I apply?
You may browse the scholarship listing on our site and look at application requirements. Applications become available online on November 1 each year. Before filling out an application, you'll need to create an account in our online scholarships system (click here to create an account) and complete the eligibility quiz to determine which scholarships you may apply for. You may also browse through the scholarships and their requirements on our scholarship listings pages.

Before filling out an application, be sure to have the following information on hand

  • High School and/or College Transcripts.
  • Essay: Topic of essay varies with each scholarship.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • You may need to submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) indicating your EFC (Estimated Family Contribution). The SAR will be sent to you after you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA), which is available at FAFSA.ed.gov
  • Review the scholarship criteria for any additional materials you may need to submit.

Can I send in my documentation separately?
No. All documentation must be included when you submit your online scholarship application.

How do I attach letters of recommendation to my online scholarship application?
In the application, you will be able to enter an email address to send a link to the person providing your recommendation. The link will allow your reference to directly upload the letter of recommendation to your application. If your reference provides you with an electronic copy of your recommendation, you may send the email to your own email address and upload it yourself.

Do you accept applications after the deadline?
No.

Do I need to pay scholarship money back?
No. These are charitable grants that do not need to be paid back. However, the Nabstedt loan must be repaid.

How are the scholarship decisions made?
A panel of community volunteers appointed by the Foundation's Board will meet after the deadline to review all applications and select recipients based on the criteria established by the donors.

How will my application be evaluated?
Depending on the scholarship criteria, the committee may consider the applicants' academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, community involvement, financial need, and recommendations about leadership and character.

If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
No. To ensure your check is credited to your student account, scholarship award checks are sent directly to the institution.

What can my scholarship be used for?
The scholarships are for any educational expenses: tuition and fees, books, and room and board, unless otherwise stated in the scholarship criteria.

If I am awarded a scholarship, what are my responsibilities?
Scholarship recipients must attend college on a full-time basis in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded and continue in college that entire academic year without interruption, barring illness or emergency. It is requested that recipients keep the Foundation updated on their status and achievements to pass on to the donors who established the fund.

When will I be notified?
All applicants will be notified by mid-May. Denied applicants are notified only by email. Recipients are notified initially by email, with a followup letter. 

How do I contact the Community Foundation if I have additional questions?
Call 563-326-2840 or email scholarships@cfgrb.org.

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