GUIDELINES

You must follow all of the requirements below to qualify for a Midland Area Community Foundation scholarship.

Residency Requirements

In order to be considered for the Midland Area Community Foundation scholarships, you must be a resident of the appropriate county(ies) the scholarship serves.  NOTE: some specific company and member organization
scholarships are exempt from this requirement.

Residency Definition

For purposes of the Midland Area Community Foundation scholarship program, you are considered a resident of either Midland or Gladwin County if you are a United States citizen and one of the following additional conditions apply:

  • Applicant has been a legal resident of either Midland or Gladwin County for at least a year
  • Applicant is a current high school senior graduating from a Midland or Gladwin County high school
  • Applicant is a college student who is a Midland or Gladwin County resident and moved out of the county only for the specific purpose of going away to college

For purposes of the Midland Area Community Foundation scholarship program, you are ineligible if you are:

  • An individual who moved to the area for the specific purpose of attending college here
  • An individual who moved away from Midland/Gladwin County for a purpose other than going away to college
  • An individual who has never lived in Midland/Gladwin County 
  • Not a United States citizen

Scholarship Descriptions

After you have read through the guidelines, select the "Scholarship Search" page and carefully choose the scholarships for which you would like to apply.  Be sure to read each description closely to make sure that you fit all requirements.

Scholarship Limits

An applicant who is nominated for more than one scholarship will be awarded the two highest-valued scholarships, or, if the total value of those two scholarships is less than $2,000, the minimum number of remaining scholarships, if any, for which the student was nominated shall be awarded, in decreasing order of value, until either a) all remaining scholarships are awarded, or b) the sum of all scholarships awarded equals or exceeds $2,000.

Essay Requirements

Essays should to be written prior to accessing eGRANT so that when prompted, you can copy the essay into your electronic application.

Please see the individual scholarship descriptions to know what information should be included in each essay. Students are permitted to submit the same essay for different scholarships.  Please note, all scholarship essays must be 400 words or less. Any text over 400 words will not be accepted.

Other Requirements

  1. Applicants must request official transcripts from ALL schools attended since 2005 (high school and all colleges). High school transcripts will be requested through e-grant as part of the application process (a drop down list of all area high schools is provided there for you to choose from). Most college/university transcripts must be requested and/or purchased by you directly, please have them sent directly to the foundation at 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640 or have them emailed to the foundation at hcrowl@midlandfoundation.org. (Please note: transcripts delivered by the applicant or a family member will NOT be accepted).
  2. Applicants must request that TWO individuals complete a reference form. References CANNOT be family or friends, they should be from an employer, teacher, professor, etc. These requests will be made through e-grant as well as part of the application process. The references MUST appear on the forms in the space provided ONLY.  Physical letters sent to the foundation will not be accepted. Further instructions appear on the reference form.
  3. The application must be completed IN ITS ENTIRETY and MUST BE SUBMITTED on eGRANT by 5 PM on Monday, March 2, 2015. The applicant is responsible to assure that all other materials which are being sent by others (two reference forms, transcripts from all schools attended) have also arrived by the same deadline. Please call our office if you want to confirm that materials have arrived (989-839-9661).
  4. DO NOT send materials other than those requested -- for example, resumes, cover letters or other materials, attachments or extra sheets will not be seen by the selection committees.
  5. FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY. Variations will cause immediate disqualification.
  • All required materials are due by Monday, March 2, 2015. This includes all transcripts from all previously attended educational institutions (both high school and college(s) if applicable).
  • If the APPLICANT or APPLICANT'S FAMILY/FRIENDS delivers the transcripts or reference forms to the Foundation directly, the application will not be accepted.
  • Information submitted in an unapproved format is disallowed. For example, if your reference writes "SEE ATTACHED" on the form and attaches a reference letter, it will be disallowed.

You may need to make your reference and transcript requests VERY EARLY to assure timely delivery of your materials.

Information that may be Needed for eGRANT Form

There are a number of items that are required to filling out the eGRANT form. Use the following check-off list to ensure you have the information you need. (Not every piece of information you will need is on this list such as name, address etc, but we have included the information that we feel you may not know from memory.) We offer a wide range of scholarships to people in all walks of life, therefore, all information may not apply to you. If something does not apply to you, please skip the question and continue.

If you've applied previously you should use the same login and password to access your eGRANT profile.

___ County of Residence

___ Last Four Digits of Social Security Number

___ ACT Score

___ SAT Score

___ High School Grade Point Average

___ Number of College Semesters Completed by Aug. of This Year

___ College Grade Point Average

___ Anticipated Expenses (tuition, room/board, books, for the coming college year)

___ Current Household Income of Parent(s) or Spouse

___ Estimated Value of Home

___ Current Personal Income Per Year

___ Anticipated Personal Income While in College

___ Personal Savings From Which you Could Draw College Expenses

___ Total Value of Any Other Scholarships you Have Received

___ Amount of Eligible Student Loans Available

___ Description (100 characters or less) of Any Applicable or Unusual Financial Situations

___ Description (400 characters or less) of Extracurricular or Community Service Activities

___ Description (400 characters or less) of Employment History

Please Complete Before Accessing eGRANT

Make sure you complete the following steps before accessing the eGRANT form:

___ Read the scholarship guidelines and requirements

___ Read the scholarship descriptions and decide which you would like to apply for

___ Write your essays electronically, ready to copy/paste into the eGRANT form