The Community Foundation manages over 70 scholarship funds totaling over $6.4 million. Scholarships are available to graduating high school students (including home school) and college students residing within Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. In 2012, over $316,000 was awarded to students who are now fulfililng their educational goals and dreams.
How Our Scholarships Work
Determination of Awards
Scholarship recipients are selected on an objective and competitive basis considering academic and non-academic factors as well as demonstrated financial need. Some awards are made only on the basis of past student performance. Each scholarship has its own award level and selection committee, which recommends applicants to the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee and Board of Trustees for approval.
Determination of Financial Need
Because financial need is a factor in virtually all our scholarships, the Community Foundation looked for an equitable way to access need among applicants with a variety of family financial situations. Applicants are required to provide the Estimate Expected Family Contribution number calculated by completing the FAFSA or the online FAFSA4caster. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Statement of Financial Need can be found here.
Announcement of Awards
In most cases, if you are awarded a scholarship you will learn about it at your high school graduation ceremony or senior award night depending on how your particular high school chooses to announce scholarshiips.
Payment of Awards
Payment is always made directly to the college or university. Initial payment of any scholarship is made upon receipt of a signed agreement from the scholarship recipient. If the scholarship award is designated to be paid over multiple years, subsequent payments are made with documentation the student has had a successful academic year and continues to meet the scholarship requirements.