Community Foundation Scholarships
Are you a dedicated student? Have you overcome considerable obstacles? Is the cost of going to college a financial strain on your family? No matter what your talents, abilities, or circumstances, your Community Foundation wants to help.
The Community Foundation of NCW is home to over 100 scholarships to help North Central Washington students pursue their dreams and goals at colleges, universities, and trade or technical schools. These scholarship funds were established by caring, generous donors who have a passion for providing higher education opportunities through financial assistance to worthy students.
The application process is completed entirely online.
Once you create an online account, you’ll be asked to take an eligiblity quiz that will help you determine which of the 100-plus scholarships you’re eligible for.
Once you apply for the first scholarship, you can copy your previous answers into all of the other scholarship applications. This makes the process of applying for multiple scholarships quick and easy.
The online system also provides an easy, electronic process for requesting your letters of recommendation.
Applying for Multiple Scholarships
You may apply for any of the scholarships for which you’re eligible. After you submit your first application and have logged into your second application, select the “Copy Previous Answers” button at the top right of the screen to copy your answers and save time.
Please note: Some scholarships require supplemental material in addition to the general application questions. If those questions aren’t answered, the program will not allow you to submit the application.
Every application is reviewed by members of the Community Foundation’s volunteer scholarship selection committees. The application is reviewed first for eligibility as the Community Foundation must adhere to the specific eligibility criteria established by scholarship fund donors. After review, scholarship applications are evaluated on an objective and competitive basis, considering academic and nonacademic factors such as financial need, leadership, community service, and special circumstances.
Determining Financial Need
Because financial need is an eligibility factor in many of our scholarships, the Community Foundation looked for an equitable way to request this information. All applicants are required to provide the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number calculated by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Most scholarships require you to upload a document that verifies your EFC.
Award Announcement and Payment
Students will be notified of award status by May 1. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided instructions via email. You will need to sign a scholarship agreement and provide verification of enrollment. Once we receive the required signatures and documentation, we schedule payment directly to the school of your choice.
Open a Scholarship Fund
Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? Opening a scholarship fund at the foundation allows you to support a field you love, honor a loved one, or leave a lasting legacy while giving many students opportunities through higher education. Learn how to open a fund.