How to Apply

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation scholarships are awarded competitively based on criteria set by donors. These criteria could include financial need, the school the applicant is attending, academic achievement, as well as personal or career goals. The Community Foundation has a rigorous internal selection process for each scholarship decision, and each applicant is reviewed in depth, and considered thoroughly.

Our scholarship program is simple. You are able to apply once for all foundation scholarships you may be eligible for. Once your application is submitted, you will be eligible for all those for which you meet the requirement.

The 2024 scholarship application is open and is due on February 1.

How to Apply

To apply for any of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Scholarships, you must be a permanent resident of the greater Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Allendale, or Coopersville area. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Holly Cole at

Review Available Scholarships

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has one application for all scholarships. Review the scholarship descriptions listed to the right to see which scholarships you might be qualified for, then check the boxes that correspond to your activities, field of study, and school of choice (if applicable). There is no need to list individual scholarships—you’ll be considered for those for which you meet the qualifications.

Begin Your Application

Click the Apply Now button to access our application portal, and create a login ID and password. Simply follow the directions through the application.

If you have any questions, contact Molly Cartwright at or 616-842-6378.

Additional Submission Requirements

In addition to the application, you’ll have to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your high school or college transcript
  • Any additional required documents for specific scholarships (like recommendation letters).
  • Page 1 of the Student Aid Report with your Expected Family Contribution included on the form.

Review Your Application

Please review your application carefully before submitting online, making sure you have answered all the questions accurately and completely.

Submit Your Application

Submit your application online. If you get an error message, please contact Molly, as your application will not be submitted correctly and information could be missing.

Holly Cole

Questions? Please contact Grants and Program Scholarship Vice President Holly Cole.