to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis which
considers financial need, academic achievement, and personal
and career goals. An interal process exists for scholarship
selection based on questions answered in the body of the
application, however, if you wish, you may address specific
scholarships in the essay section of the application.
2014 Scholarship applications for the Grand Haven Area Community
Foundation and affiliate foundations (the Coopersville Area
Community Foundation and the Allendale Community Foundation)
must be mailed and postmarked no later than Wednesday, March
descriptions for Tri-Cities Area students.
descriptions for Allendale Area students.
descriptions for Coopersville Area students.
January --- Applications available online through
February --- Tri-Cities College Access and local
high schools host the Tri-Cities MI College Goal where
families can come take advantage of FREE help to complete
the FAFSA form. Contact your local high school for time
order for us to have accurate EFC numbers, please file
the FAFSA in early February after you have filed
your taxes. We do not want estimated EFC numbers.
---Application must mailed to the Foundation Office
and must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, March
1 --- Financial information due from college
--- Application processing and selection meetings
--- Notification letters sent to college students
and presentations made at local High School Awards Ceremonies
--- Deadline for Scholarship Agreement Forms, thank
you notes and pictures
- October --- Checks mailed to Colleges
I have to re-apply if I received a Grand Haven Area Community
Foundation Scholarship last year?
Yes, the majority of scholarships are one time awards. If you
have received a renewable scholarship, you will be notified
by the Foundation in the spring and asked to complete a renewal
form along with supporting documents.
an unofficial transcript of my grades okay?
For college students, an unofficial transcript or internet
printout of your transcript is acceptable as long as it is
a complete transcript of your college work to date, is clearly
labeled with your name, current academic year, your cumulative
grade point average, and the name of the college or university.
For high school seniors, your complete transcript including
your first semester senior-year grades, cumulative grade point
average, and class rank is required.
scholarships are available to current college students? Please
see the list of those scholarships in the description of available
scholarship offered by the Foundation, (see link above).
important are the essays?
If you are chosen to recieve a scholarship, your essay will
be shared with the donor or donor's family. Each essay is read
and reviewed by the scholarship committee members as part of
the selection process. It is important that the applicant address
each point. Neatness is a factor considered in scoring.
are most Grand Haven Area Community Foundation scholarships
limited to Tri-Cities residents?
Donors select criteria that are important to them and supporting
local students remains a top priority with many of our donors.
If you reside in another area, you may want to check with your
nearest community foundation.
will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
High school recipients are notified at the individual high school
awards ceremonies in May and June. College students are notified
by mail by the end of May. While we make every effort to
get the scholarship gift to the College before tuition is due,
keep in mind that in order to avoid late fees, it is your responsibility
to pay for the tuition by the due date.
all Foundation scholarships need-based?
Most of our scholarship donors have elected to make need an
important factor in scholarship consideration. The Alex Crum
Scholarhsip, The E.V. Erickson Field of Interest Education Fund,
the Kyle Moreland Memorial Endowment Fund, the Harold and Eleanor
Ringelberg Scholarship Fund, the Ken and Sandy Sharkey Family
Scholarship Fund, and the Mary E. Wilsberg Scholarship Fund
are not based on need and do not require the FAFSA.
I am awarded a scholarship, how is it paid?
Checks are made payable to and mailed directly to the college
after you have returned the signed scholarship award, thank
you note and photo usually by early August.
is financial need determined? Students
seeking financial assistance should begin the process by completing
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through
detailed information provided on the application, a Student
Aid Report (SAR) is issued. Students must also mail the Financial
Information Sheet to the college they intend to attend so
the college has time to return it to the Foundation by April
I receive scholarships from more than one fund?
Occasionally a student may be selected to receive a scholarship
from more than one Foundation scholarship fund however; it is
the exception rather than the rule.
do I need to complete the FAFSA?
Since most of the Foundation scholarships are need-based, it
is necessary to complete the FAFSA by mid-February.
these scholarships taxable? These awards are to apply
to direct college expenses at the institution, such as tuition,
fees, and books. The recipients of scholarships are responsible
for any tax liability incurred as a result of these awards.
Recipients should consult a tax professional for additional
most of the Foundation's scholarships are need-based, is it
worth applying if my parent’s adjusted gross income is
above a certain amount or if I know I am receiving a large scholarship
from the school?
As a general rule, if your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
as determined by the FAFSA, is more than the cost of attendance
at the school, you are not going to qualify for any of the Foundation's
need based scholarships. Likewise, if the school will be providing
you with a large sum in merit or other aid, you will probably
not qualify for Foundation need based scholarships.
I receive an award, is it important to send the donor a thank
you note? Absolutely!
These awards are generous gifts from donors and should be
acknowledged as such. All thank you cards are gathered at
the Foundation office and given to the individual donors who
read and cherish them.
good. For ever.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Haven Area Community Foundation
One South Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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