This year, donors to the Vanderburgh Community Foundation are again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.
“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Sidney Hardgrave, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”
Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the specific eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Vanderburgh.
Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.
The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:
- Begin working on the application early.
- Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.
- Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
- Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.).
- Ask a teacher, parent or friend to read your application and essays for any mistakes that you may have missed..
- Check and double-check your application before submitting
Applications are accepted through the link on the website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Vanderburgh. The deadline is midnight on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
About the Vanderburgh Community Foundation
The Vanderburgh Community Foundation is one of 9 county affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life in their local communities, with charitable assets nearing $100 million. During fiscal year 2017, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit the programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled nearly $2,366,000. The Alliance provides each affiliate with management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local Foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and making a difference in their community.