How to Apply

Applying for a scholarship from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation is easy. Just follow these simple steps.

All Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarships (the scholarships with a green circle icon on our Scholarship Search) may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses associated with the cost of education.

Step 1

Visit the Scholarship Search page of this website and look for the scholarships offered by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (those highlighted with a green circle). Carefully read each one's eligibility criteria and application requirements, and take note of application deadlines. The application deadline for most of our other scholarships is March 1.   

Step 2

Determine the scholarships for which you are eligible and want to apply. The online scholarship application is available in January. You will only use this online application to apply for the scholarships highlighted with a green circle.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

After you create your login ID and password, click Opportunities on the left side of the screen and select the application. You don't have to finish your application all at once. Be sure to click Save before exiting. To return to work on your application another time, enter your login ID and password, then click Draft and select the application you want to work on.

In addition to your online scholarship application, you also will need to upload the following (if required):

  • One copy of your official high school transcript (including SAT/ACT scores) or college transcript. For scholarships with spring deadlines, the transcript must include the fall semester/trimester.
  • Letters of recommendation. Most of our scholarships require at least one letter of recommendation, but a few do not require any. Carefully read the application requirements for the number that should be submitted. The application will guide you through the process for contacting those who will be writing your letters of recommendation. Make sure your recommenders submit the recommendations by the stated deadline.
  • Additional forms that are specific to the scholarships for which you are applying. In the online application you will be instructed to "Browse" to upload your completed form(s).

If you have applied for financial aid and are applying for a need-based scholarship, please provide us with a copy of your college/university award letter and FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) that includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) so that we may determine your financial need.

Step 5

Print and review your completed online application before submitting it to make sure all the information you have provided is complete and accurate. Be sure your essay(s) appear in their entirety. Any information that does not appear on the printed page will not be seen by the scholarship committee.

Step 6

Submit your application by using the Submit button on the online application's Submit screen. Your online application must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. of the deadline. After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirming your submission with a PDF attachment of your application.

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