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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 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 may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses associated with the cost of education.

Click on the name of the scholarship to see detailed information and eligibility criteria. To view information for more than one scholarship, use the check boxes to select the scholarships you are interested in, then click the blue View All Checked button at the bottom of the screen

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Scholarship Details

E. Earl Wright Scholarship

Scholarship Type
Undergrad/Post-Secondary Education

One or more awards of up to $1,000

Renewable for one year

March 1

How To Apply

Complete and submit one online scholarship application. We will match you to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarship(s) that you are eligible for.

Click here to apply online

Scholarship Information

This award was originally established by friends and family of Dr. E. Earl Wright as the E. Earl Wright Community Achievement Award Fund to honor community activist Dr. Wright by naming someone who had contributed to improved quality of life in areas such as education, community service, community management, research and evaluation and problem-solving in Kalamazoo County. In 2002 the Steering Committee of the E. Earl Wright Community Achievement Award voted to change the fund to a scholarship fund named the E. Earl Wright Scholarship Fund.  This fund will award a scholarship for students enrolled or planning to enroll in a two-year program at a community college or a technology curriculum in a community college, technical, vocational, or trade school.

Eligibility Criteria

Kalamazoo County resident who is a graduating high school senior or graduate or graduating or graduated from a high school alternative school or GED program within Kalamazoo County. Enrolled or planning to enroll full time in a two-year associate degree program at a community college or a technology curriculum at a community college, trade or vocational school. Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA (with preference given to 2.0 to 3.2 GPAs) extracurricular or community volunteer activities and work experience. Financial need may be a consideration in the final step of the selection process but is not a requirement for application.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete and submit one online 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 two Letters of Recommendation and recommendation forms, completed by adults other than family members, will be required. One letter of recommendation must be completed by a teacher/instructor and one must be completed by an employer or volunteer supervisor.
  3. Also, in addition to the general essay question, please include the type of degree or training you plan to receive and how this degree will help you reach your career goals.
  4. An official cumulative high school or college transcript through the most recent term.
  5. Financial need may be a consideration for this scholarship. If you have applied for financial aid by filling the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are applying for a need-based scholarship, 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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