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?
We have some scholarships available for current college students, however, the majority are for graduating high school seniors. For a complete list, see Current College Scholarships. (coming soon)
How important are the essays?
If you are chosen to receive 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’s important to read the instructions so your best work is represented in the essay. Grammar and punctuation are factors considered in scoring.
Why 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.
When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
High school recipients are notified at 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 or university before tuition is due, keep in mind that in order to avoid late fees, it is your responsibility to pay tuition by the due date.
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?


Checks are made payable and mailed directly to the college after you have electronically submitted a signed scholarship agreement and thank you note. Payments will not be made until formal acceptance of the scholarship is completed. 
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?


Please let the Foundation know before scholarship decisions are announced. Some scholarships are specific to the school you will be attending and will not be able to be utilized if you no longer meet the requirements. 


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.

Are these scholarships taxable?
These awards are applied directly to college expenses at the institution, such as tuition, fees, and books. 
If 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.