Application Process


 

The application process, while streamlined from previous years, still requires that the applicant gives each separate scholarship opportunity some serious thought and effort.

1. Carefully review available scholarships to determine which is the best fit for you based on the criteria.

2. Plan to attend a scholarship application workshop offered at all local high schools or at the community foundation in the community room.

3. Find a scholarship(s) that fits your need and you meet the criteria, download and print the document.  Hint: This document can be completed online and printed, however they cannot be saved.

4. Each application form will include sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 7. These sections must be completed in full by the student with the assistance of family, school administrators and others as required.

5. To finish the application, the applicant must provide section 5 which is, generally, a written essay unique to that scholarship.

6. The applicant’s school must provide section 6 - an official academic transcript.  The completed sections 1 through 7 must be stapled together, in numerical order, at the upper left hand corner and submitted to the community foundation by the application deadline.

 

Selection Process

The scholarship selection committee is made up of community residents from all geographic areas of LaGrange County and from a variety of professions.  An equal number of scholarship selection committee members will read and score each qualified application per scholarship based on the criteria listed in the application. Following these scoring steps, the applicant or applicants with the highest average score or scores will, after final board of director approval, be awarded the scholarship.

Notification

Due to the volume of applications only applicants who have earned a scholarship award will be notified. This notification of award will be made by mail. However, any applicant who has a question about their application status may call the community foundation at any time during normal business hours. 

Payment of Award

Once the recipient completes and submits a (provided) scholarship voucher along with official school confirmation of enrollment, award payments are mailed directly to the school and the check is in the name of the school and the recipient.  To avoid late payment, all vouchers and enrollment confirmation should be turned in to the community foundation a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the due date.  Paperwork will not be accepted after September 15 and the student will forfeit award. Renewable scholarships are to be re-applied for by the standard scholarship due dates. Information on the criteria and processes for those awards are provided on the title pages of the individual scholarship applications.