How to Apply
Applying for a scholarship from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation is easy.
Just follow these simple steps.
The steps shown below walk you through the process of completing our online scholarship application. Students often tell us they found it helpful to read through these steps before beginning. You may even want to print this page so you have it on hand when you're working on your application. Once you've reviewed all of the steps, click on the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page to get started.
To apply for a Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarship (the scholarships with a green leaf on our Scholarship Search) you must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident alien (additional residency/ high school requirements may be listed in each scholarship's eligibility criteria). All Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses associated with the cost of education.
Visit the Scholarship Search page of this website and look for the scholarships offered by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (those highlighted with a green leaf). Carefully read each one's eligibility criteria and application requirements, and take note of application deadlines. The application deadline for the Clarence L. Remynse Scholarhip is December 1. The application deadline for most of our other scholarships is March 31.
Determine the scholarships for which you are eligible and want to apply. You may apply for up to eight scholarships using our online scholarship application. The online scholarship application is available three months before the application deadline. You will only use this online application to apply for the scholarships highlighted with a green leaf.
After clicking on the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page, set up your user account by creating a login ID and password.
After you create your login ID and password, use the Create New Application button to start your online application. You don't have to finish your application all at once. Be sure to click Save Your Work before exiting. To return to work on your application another time, enter your login ID and password, then click Edit.
As part of completing the online portion of your application, complete and upload the Activities/Employment History Form
(two pages) and any additional forms specific to the scholarships for
which you are applying. In the online application, you will be instructed to use "Browse" to upload your completed form(s).
Print and review your online application before
submitting it to make sure all the information you have
provided is complete and accurate. To do this, return to the online applications' Main Menu
, click on View
and print your application. Be sure your essay or essays appear in
their entirety. Any information that does not appear on the printed page
will not be seen by the scholarship selection committee.
Submit your application by using the Submit My Data button on the online application's
Finish screen. Your online application must be submitted by midnight of
In addition to your online scholarship application, you also may need to mail or deliver to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation the following:
- One copy of your official high school transcript (including ACT/SAT
scores) or college transcript. For scholarships with spring deadlines, the transcript must include the fall semester/trimester.
- One or more letters of recommendation. Check the application requirements for how many letters of recommendation you need to submit. It is your responsibility to
provide the Scholarship Recommendation Form to the people writing recommendations for you and to make sure we receive your recommendations by the deadline.
If stated in the application requirements for the scholarships for which you are applying, you also must:
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) to the Federal Processing Center by March 1. Do not mail a copy
of the FAFSA to the Community Foundation.
- Provide copies of the Financial Information Summary Form to the
financial aid offices of the colleges to which you have been or are most
likely to be accepted. You only need to complete the top portion of the form before you send it to the college/university.