Scholarships

The online scholarship application window is:

CLOSED


The application deadline was March 14.

Come Home applications are accepted year-round.

The Community Foundation of St. Clair County administers a variety of scholarship funds - both traditional scholarships and nontraditional - Come Home Award and Complete Your Degree. The scholarship funds were established by individuals and organizations wanting to assist students in obtaining a college or vocational education and each have their own set of specific criteria.

The scholarships listed below with the expandable boxes are all traditional scholarships. These are awarded at the ‘front-end’ of your college education and paid directly to your college or university. Traditional scholarships are available beginning in early January of each year with a priority deadline of mid-March.

We also offer a Come Home Award. This scholarship may be awarded once you have completed your degree, as an incentive to come back to St. Clair County to work and live. Come Home Award applications are accepted year-round.


Community Foundation
Scholarship Funds

Frequently Asked Questions

1Do I have to reapply if I received a Community Foundation scholarship last year?
Yes, the majority of scholarships are one-time awards. If you have received a renewable scholarship you will be notified by the Foundation in January and instructed to reapply.
2Is it possible to apply for Community Foundation and SC4 Foundation scholarships at the same time?
No. Students interested in applying for SC4 Foundation scholarships must apply through the SC4 financial aid website.
3How do I get an application started?

Answer the pre-qualifying questions completely and honestly. This will generate a list of scholarship funds for which you are eligible. Checkmark all that appear and create your profile. Returning students should log in to your existing profile.

Once you answer the pre-qualifying questions and start an application you do not need to answer them again. Doing so will only create duplicate applications. Instead, log into your account and resume your application via the Student Dashboard.

4What if I can’t remember my username or password for the online scholarship portal?
If you are having issues logging in, please contact Lindsay Sheckler for help at lsheckler@stclairfoundation.org or 810-984-4761.
5Are scholarships available for current college students?
Some scholarships are available for current college students. Students are always encouraged to answer the pre-qualify questions when the application portal is open to help determine what is available.
6Is an unofficial transcript of my grades OK?

College students – An unofficial transcript or internet printout of your transcript is acceptable as long as it is a complete transcript of your college work to date, is clearly labeled with your name, current academic year, your cumulative grade point average, and the name of the college or university.

High school seniors – your complete transcript, including: your first semester senior-year grades, cumulative grade point average, SAT score, and class rank is required.

7How do I find my SAT/ACT test scores?

An older student trying to track down ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or Compass test scores for the required upload may contact the testing center at their college or university, or reach out to the high school from which they graduated as test scores are part of a student’s permanent record.

More recent high school graduates may log into their profile on the SAT or ACT website if the test scores are not already listed on a transcript.

8How do I calculate my GPA if I have a GED?
Identify Your Score in Each GED Section

List your score of each section of the GED test. Must students are tested on five sections. This score should be between 200 and 800; your percentile score, which is under 100, indicates how well you did compared to other test-takers but does not directly correspond to a GPA. The score for each of the sections can be used to determine your average GED score, which is the first step in converting it to a GPA.

Divide the Sum of Your Scores by the Number of Sections

Add together the scores from each section of the GED, then divide this number by the number of sections you took to find your average GED score. For example, if your total score is 3000 and you took five sections, your average GED score would be 600.

Use Your GED Average to Determine Its GPA Equivalent

Convert your GED score into an approximate GPA using the following information. A GED score of below 300 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 1 or below. A GED score of 300 to 400 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 1.5 to 2.0. A GED score of 401 to 500 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 to 2.9. A GED score of 501 to 600 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 3.0 to 3.4. A GED score of 601 to 700 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 3.5 to 3.7 while a GED score of 701 to 800 is the approximate equivalent of a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0.

9When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
All applicants are notified of award decisions via email by the end of May. Some recipients may also be notified during award ceremonies, but it is important to check email because if you are approved an acceptance link is included.
10May I receive scholarships from more than one fund?
Occasionally a student may be selected to receive a scholarship from more than one Community Foundation scholarship fund. However, this is the exception rather than the rule.
11If I am awarded a scholarship, how is it paid?
Checks are made payable to and mailed directly to the college after you have returned the required scholarship acceptance paperwork, thank you note and photo. This is usually by early July.
12What can these scholarships be used for, and are they taxable?
These awards may be applied to expenses built into a college’s cost of attendance. Tuition, fees and books are nontaxable. If a student has other gift aid that covers those expenses it may then be used for taxable expenses such as room and board, and the college will issue a 1098-T to the student.
13If I receive an award, is it important to send the donor a thank you note?
Absolutely! These awards are generous gifts from donors and should be acknowledged as such. All thank you cards are gathered at the Community Foundation office and given to the individual donors who read and cherish them.