Scholarship FAQs

 

Q.Who is eligible?

Q. What is the selection criteria?

Q. How is financial need determined?

Q. How does a student apply?

Q. How are scholarships announced?

Q. How do I receive a copy of the Scholarship Directory?

 


Q.Who is eligible?

A. The eligibility criteria are given under each of the funds listed in the Scholarship Opportunities section of our website.  Each fund has specific eligibility requirements that must be met before one is eligible for a particular scholarship. Some are restricted to students from a specific school or those pursuing a particular field of study, while others are more general. Most of the scholarships, however, require that applicants:

  • Be a graduating high school senior from a public or independent high school located in Palm Beach or Martin County
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Plan to attend an accredited vocational school, two or four-year college or university
  • Be a full-time student
  • Demonstrate academic achievement

All scholarships are for colleges, universities or vocational schools in the United States. Individual awards vary from a one-time award of $1,000 to multiple year awards of $7,500 per year. Scholarship awards may be used to subsidize the student’s attendance at the college of their choice.  This usually consists of on campus costs including tuition, fees, books and supplies as listed in the school’s “cost of attendance.” These awards are charitable grants that are not required to be paid back. The online application allows students to be considered for more than one scholarship.


 

Q. What is the selection criteria?

A: Scholarship recipients are selected by the Community Foundation's Scholarship Committee on the basis of the applicant's academic record; potential to succeed; demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities; work experience; a statement of education and career goals; and unusual personal or family circumstances.  Recipients are selected on an objective and competitive basis considering academic and non-academic factors.  A personal interview for finalists is required.  All scholarships are approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors. 


 

Q. How is financial need determined?

A: A needs analysis is conducted by the Community Foundation that considers the total cost of education, the expected family contribution, and other grants and loans awarded to the student. Scholarship finalists will be contacted in March or April to schedule an interview and are asked to provide information to the Community Foundation on other grants or loans awarded by schools and other funding sources. This data is used to determine the amount of each award from the Community Foundation's Endowed Scholarship Funds. The information is held in strictest confidence. 


 

Q. How does a student apply?

A: Online applications will be accepted from November 1 through February 1 (by 5:00 p.m.).  Interested students must complete the online application and submit all required supporting information to the Community Foundation by deadline.  All information will be uploaded into your application. No information will be accepted via fax, email or U.S. mail unless you are instructed to do so by the Scholarship Committee.


 

Q. How are scholarships announced?

A: Students who are selected to receive scholarships will be advised by email, by a school advisor or at their school's award ceremony.  


 

Q. How do I receive a copy of the Scholarship Directory?

A:  The directory is available to view and download only. No printed copies are available.  The directory is divided into two versions. One version lists organizations offering scholarships that are only for Martin County students.  The second version lists organizations offering scholarships that are only for Palm Beach County students.  Both versions offer extras such as statewide and nationwide organizations offering scholarships as well as links to other helpful scholarship search websites along with a glossary of financial aid terms.