Apply for Scholarship

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The Midland Area Community Foundation sponsors over 250 scholarships to help deserving students (like you!) defray the cost of pursuing your degree. Materials must be received by March 1 in order to qualify. Good luck!

Note: Scholarship applications accepted ONLY between December 1 and March 1.

BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION

Applications accepted starting December 1, 2019 with a deadline of March 1, 2020.

Please note: if you are a registered eGrant user from prior years, you do not need to create a new account – simply use your previous username and password.

The following materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2020:

  • 2 Reference Forms
  • Official Transcripts
  • Electronic eGrant application

You will NOT be able to submit your application until your reference forms and transcripts have been received.

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES

One application, hundreds of scholarship opportunities. Students no longer need to choose from a list of scholarships. Simply fill out the application, and we’ll automatically match you with the scholarships you’re most likely to earn.

Please read all guidelines on this page before beginning your application. A link to the online application is provided at the bottom of this page.

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 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

All scholarships require an essay, which should be written prior to accessing eGRANT so when prompted you can copy the essay into your electronic application. Only one essay is required regardless of how many scholarships are matched to you. Please note that a few scholarships require a secondary essay that is more specific to that area of study. If you are matched with a scholarship requiring a second essay, you will receive an email with directions for this essay.

Please include the following details in your composition: personal background; involvement and achievements (personal, school, community, work, etc.), how the scholarship will help you attain your course of study and educational goals, your career choice and objectives, and how your career will contribute to society, and financial need. All scholarship essays must be 500 words or less. Any text over 500 words will not be accepted.

NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

In order to be considered for any need-based scholarships, applicants will need to include the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) information from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (To learn more about FAFSA, click here.) The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.

The EFC is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.

There are two forms of EFC confirmation that will be accepted for need-based scholarships: the page that is displayed immediately after FAFSA submission (save electronically) or the e-mail that is sent to you after FAFSA submission.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  1. Applicants must request official transcripts from ALL schools attended since 2009 (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 have references from TWO individuals. References cannot be family or friends; they should be from an employer, teacher, professor, etc. References should be uploaded through e-grant as part of the application process. Physical letters sent to the foundation will not be accepted. Further instructions appear on the eGrant site.
  3. The application must be completed and submitted on eGRANT by 5 PM on March 1, 2020. The applicant is responsible to assure that all other materials which are being sent by others (two reference letters, 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 March 1, 2020. 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.
You may need to make your reference and transcript requests 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)
  • 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 (1,000 characters or less) of Extracurricular or Community Service Activities
  • Description (1,000 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
  • Write your essay electronically, ready to copy/paste into the eGRANT form

Other Financial Aid Options

Additional Scholarships

Below is a collection of non-MACF scholarships that we think you might be interested in. We’ll keep adding to this list as we find more. This is by no means a complete list of all the scholarships available to you, so feel free to do some searching on your own as well – and if you find something good, please let us know about it!

Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a government program that provides money for post-secondary education to qualifying students with financial need. All the information you’ll need is available on the FAFSA website.  Here’s some information to help get you started:

  • The process of completing the application will be much simpler if you complete your taxes one week in advance, enabling you to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • If unable to utilize IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will need the following items to complete the FAFSA:
    • Social security numbers for parents and student
    • W-2 forms for parents and student
    • 2014 federal income tax return for parents and student
    • Current bank statements and records of stocks, bonds and other investments
    • Records of other untaxed income received such as social security, TANF, welfare or veterans benefits
    • Business or farm records, if applicable
    • Alien registration number if you are not a US citizen