How to Apply
2020 Scholarship Season Opens December 2, 2019
In order to find out which scholarship(s) you are eligible to apply for, you are required to complete an Eligibility Quiz (EQ) after you have created an account. Please be sure you are completing the appropriate EQ (details below). After successful completion of the EQ, you will be provided access to the scholarship application(s).
Ronald McDonald House Charities Eligibility Quiz is for eligible graduating high school seniors seeking college scholarships
CFGC Scholarship Eligibility Quiz is for eligible graduating high school seniors and college students seeking college scholarships
Achieve the Dream Eligibility Quiz is for families seeking private secondary school scholarships
- You may apply for as many scholarships for which you meet the eligibility criteria.
- The applications differ and you must complete and submit the specific application for each scholarship for which you apply.
- Applications may be completed in a single sitting or saved as a draft and finished at a later date.
- Save your draft applications regularly as you work to avoid loss of data!
- To upload attachments to an application, refer below to follow directions in the Guide to Completing Your CFGC Online Scholarship Application.
For Letter(s) of Recommendation, follow directions in the Guide to Completing CFGC Your Online Scholarship Application.
- PLEASE, confirm that the teacher, other school personnel, or employer is willing to provide a letter of recommendation and obtain the email address of the recommender.
- In the Letter of Recommendation section of the application, provide the recommender’s email address and send the email.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the recommendation has been received.
- Letter(s) must be received by or before the application(s) deadline.
- Additional documents are also required for some applications.
- Read each application carefully to ensure you have provided the correct information.
- For assistance with saving your SAR into PDF format click here
- Example of a Student Aid Report (SAR)
Submitting Your Scholarships
An application is NOT ready to submit until:
- ALL required questions/fields have been completed;
- ALL required attachments have been uploaded; and
- Note: While you may submit your application before your letter of recommendation and/or official transcript is/are uploaded, your application is not complete until required document(s) are received. In addition, once the application(s) is/are submitted, you cannot make edits.
- Pay close attention to our scholarship deadline(s). The Community Foundation will not accept any late or incomplete applications.
Click the ‘Submit’ button once your application is ready to submit.
There is no charge to apply for a scholarship and every scholarship is a charitable grant so it will not need to be paid back.
Non- Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
Definitions/ Explanations of Financial Aid Terms
Terms to Know
- FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available October 1, 2019.
- SAR: The Student Aid Report (SAR) is a paper or electronic document that summarizes the information you provided on your FAFSA and lists your EFC. SAR Example
- EFC: The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or social security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size, the age of your parent(s), and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.
- Prior-Prior Year Income: Income from two years ago. The FAFSA form now asks families to report income and tax information from the prior-prior year or information from two years ago. For the 2020-2021 FAFSA, it will require 2018 tax information