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Scholarship Search

There are literally thousands of scholarships available to students today. We want to help you find and take full advantage of all the opportunities available to you. This scholarship search tool focuses on the sources of aid available in Kalamazoo County, including scholarships offered by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Many of the scholarships listed here are for high school seniors, but there also are several for students already enrolled in college and non-traditional students. The descriptions shown are a summary and may not provide complete eligibility requirements. All Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarships (those denoted by ) may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses associated with the cost of education.

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Scholarship Details

Wade and Clio Van Valkenburg Scholarship

Community Foundation Scholarship
Scholarship Type
Undergrad/Post-Secondary Education

Multiple awards of at least $500

March 1

Scholarship Information

The honorable Wade Van Valkenburg was a Circuit Court judge in Kalamazoo for six years. He was concerned about the youth in this community, especially those who have had to overcome circumstances or obstacles that may otherwise hinder them from seeking training or higher education. This Scholarship Fund was established in 2004 through the Wade Van Valkenburg Trust to provide educational scholarships for students in Kalamazoo County.

Eligibility Criteria

Kalamazoo County resident who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a vocational, technical or trade school or a two- or four-year college or university full or part time. Must have, either through a plea bargain or conviction, been found guilty of a criminal offense and be able to document how he or she has overcome adversity and/or obstacles in his or her life. Must demonstrate financial need.

Application Requirements

  1. eGRANT scholarship application. Complete and submit one eGRANT scholarship application. We will match you to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarship(s) that you are eligible for.
  2. If you are matched to this scholarship we will notify you, via email, that official documentation of the criminal conviction will be required.
  3. In addition, if you are matched to this scholarship we will notify you, via email, that one copy of the Scholarship Recommendation Form and Letter of Recommendation completed by someone verifying the obstacles and/or adversity the applicant has overcome will be required.
  4. An official cumulative high school or college transcript through the most recent term.
  5. This scholarship requires that you demonstrate financial need. Please complete the student section of the Financial Information Summary form and then forward the form to the college financial aid office where you have been accepted. They will complete the form and return it to our office. 

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