Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to reapply 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 December and instructed to reapply using the online application process.
Is an unoffical transcript of my grades ok?
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.
High school seniors – your complete transcript, including: your first semester senior-year grades, cumulative grade point average, ACT or SAT score, and class rank, is required.
Which scholarships are available to current college students?
How important are the essays?
Why are most Grand Haven Area Community Foundation scholarships limited to Tri-Cities residents?
When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
Are all Foundation scholarships need-based, and why do I need to complete the FASFA?
No, not all of our scholarships have a financial need component. However, we feel that FAFSA completion is an important part of the college application process. We do require that the FAFSA be completed and the Student Aid Report (SAR) report submitted with your application before you will be considered for any of our scholarships. We have free resources that are available to you if you need help filling out this form––just call us for more information. If you have unusual circumstances that will make it impossible to complete your FAFSA, please call our office and ask for Holly Cole.
If I'm awarded a scholarship, how is it paid?
How 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 SAR is issued.
What happens if I don't attend my first-choice school or change my mind on where I'll be attending after the scholarship application deadline?
May 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. It’s important to note, however, that this is the exception rather than the rule.