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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.

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Derek Jeter Scholarship

Scholarship Type
Undergrad/Post-Secondary Education

Two $1,000 awards, one to a female and one to a male

Awards are renewable for three additional years.

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.

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Scholarship Information

In an eighth grade paper Derek Jeter predicted his future as a shortstop for the New York Yankees. Although many young people dream of being sports stars, there were few that doubted it would be a dream come true for Jeter. He worked to make his dream of becoming a professional athlete a reality by playing Little League, on a summer all-star team, and his high school baseball team at Kalamazoo Central High School. As a professional athlete, Jeter's concern for youth led to the establishment of the Turn 2 Foundation, which supports signature programs and activities that  motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. In addition, in 1997, Turn 2 established at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation the Derek Jeter Scholarship, which provides scholarship support for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate leadership in their community while promoting abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Eligibility Criteria

Graduating high school senior who is a Kalamazoo County resident or attends a Kalamazoo County high school; planning to enroll full time in an accredited college or university to earn a two- or four-year degree. The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum 1060 SAT or minimum 21 ACT score. Must be able to demonstrate leadership and involvement in school and community activities that advocate abstinence from drug and alcohol use and promote a healthy lifestyle.

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, to please describe the ways in which you have promoted a healthy lifestyle including a drug and substance-free educational environment during your high school years.
  3. Two Letters of Recommendations and recommendation forms are required and must be completed by adults other than family members. At least one letter of recommendation should come from someone who can confirm the student's leadership abilities, advocacy for drug and alcohol abstinence, and healthy lifestyle. 
  4. Official cumulative high school transcript through the first semester or trimester of the senior year including SAT/ACT score(s).

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