Apply for a Scholarship

Apply for a Scholarship2021-09-07T14:59:11+00:00


2022 General Scholarship Application
Deadline for high school seniors – Feb. 10, 2022
Deadline for adults, current college students – May 26, 2022.

2022 Skills Scholarship Application
For high school seniors and adults pursuing a Skills Certificate or Associate’s Degree.
Deadline – March 10, 2022.

Check out our revised guide with screenshots and written explanations help you complete the online application.

General Scholarship Application Guide 2022

Skills Scholarship Application Guide 2022

Find out which scholarships might be available to you.

Adult Scholarship List 2022

Scholarship List by School 2022

Skills Scholarships List 2022

Scholarship list for Outside Shelby County

Scholarship Grid
Our Scholarship Grid provides basic information about scholarships available through the Community Foundation of Shelby County online applications. The grid is an Excel spreadsheet that may be sorted by high school, major, grade point average, residency, participation and other factors. Most scholarships have other eligibility factors not shown on the grid. To sort in Excel, select a single column and use the Sort & Filter tool in the Excel toolbar. You can also use the Custom Sort tool in the Sort & Filter section to sort by multiple columns.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, some of the information you provide on the General Scholarship Application will carry over to multiple scholarships. However, some scholarships may require additional information, such as an essay or specific questions pertaining to a scholarship.  You will need to click Submit on all of the scholarships you are applying for in order to be considered.

The 2021 Skills Scholarship Application is a separate application that will need filled out and submitted on it’s own.  Click on the 2021 Skills Scholarship Application, see above.

If you have questions, please contact us in the days and weeks BEFORE the deadline.  We will not accept a printed paper application form, but you may mail, email or deliver items you are unable to attach, such as letters of recommendation, your FAFSA EFC document or your transcript.

Yes! We will gladly scan your documents and attach them to your online application, if submitted before the deadline. All items must be attached and the online Submit button must be clicked by you before the deadline.

This may occur if you have not gone back to the original link on our web page and clicked: 2021 General Scholarship Application, see above. You must return to this link each time you want to enter the application again. It is also possible that you registered for an account, but have not yet started the application. Click on the application link above, log in and click Begin Search to start an application. See the Scholarship Application Guide for help in working through the application.

No, your application will go forward to be considered for June 3 scholarships for which you applied and are eligible. When you clicked Submit your application locked. Should you want to view or add information to your submitted application, contact us at to have your application unlocked. Once unlocked, you can view and edit your application, but you must again click Submit to have your application resubmitted to us and able to be considered for scholarships that have a June 3 deadline.

No, the Skills Scholarship Application is a separate application that does not require all of the information on the General Scholarship Application.  In order to apply for the Skills Scholarships you must complete the separate application by clicking on the 2021 Skills Scholarship Application.

Yes, if you are pursuing an associates degree or a certificate at an accredited college or school you may be eligible for scholarships by completing both applications.  The Skills Scholarship is not for students pursuing a bachelors degree or higher.

Start with the green Begin Search button by clicking on the 2021 General Scholarship Application to start the process of matching you to any of the 70+ scholarships for which you may be eligible. Once you answer the questions, a screen will come up that has a list of scholarships on it.  Your answers to questions about your high school, residency, college, major, grade point average or other factors determine the scholarships shown to you.  Be truthful about your answers so that the right scholarships appear on the screen for you to consider.  Click all of the scholarships you want to apply for and then hit the Save to My Applications button at the bottom of the page.  You must check My Applications in the top right of the application screen, complete and Submit each of the scholarships you are eligible for.  If you do not hit Submit for each scholarship in your My Applications list, your application will not be considered for scholarships.

The first set of questions are what we call ‘matching questions,’ meant to match you to all Community Foundation of Shelby County scholarships for which you may be eligible. You need to provide some of the same information again in order for it to appear on all scholarship applications you submit.  The information will auto fill into the other individual scholarship applications. You will need to check My Applications in the top right of the application screen to complete any additional requirements of each scholarship listed and click Submit to apply for each scholarship.

Yes, unfortunately scholarships you receive from groups outside your college may affect loans and grants awarded to you by your school or the federal government. Each college may look at your numbers differently, but in general the formula looks like this:
College Cost of Attendance (found on each college’s website)
MINUS Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated when you complete the FAFSA
     = Your Unmet Need

Your unmet need is where loans and grants are typically offered to you to assist with your college costs.  When you submit a scholarship check from an outside group (Community Foundation, other community groups, your parent’s employer’s scholarship program, etc.), the college may be obligated to reduce your financial aid package (need-based scholarships, subsidized and unsubsidized loans, work/study, and grants). According to College Board: “If all the aid you receive — outside scholarships, financial aid from your college, and government grants and loans — ends up being $300 or more above your calculated need, the federal government requires your college to reduce the amount of need-based financial aid it awards you.”  Each college handles the reduction differently. Please contact your college’s Financial Aid office to get their help in making this work as well as possible for you.

No. At this time, we will only accept the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (go to for our scholarships that have ‘financial need’ stated as a selection criterion.  There are a few scholarships that do not require you to submit financial information. By answering ‘No’ to the question regarding your intent to submit financial information, you will be given the opportunity to continue to apply for scholarships that do not have ‘financial need’ as a selection criterion. This will greatly reduce the number of possible scholarships available to you.

Students who answer ‘Yes’ will be given the opportunity to view scholarships that do and do not require your EFC information.

Often a scholarship selection committee must consider many factors when selecting a scholarship recipient. Your EFC number is only one piece of what is considered. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA, attach your EFC document and answer ‘Yes’ to the financial information questions on the Community Foundation scholarship application.

We do not require an ‘official’ transcript (one that is printed on special paper or with a raised seal in one corner).  You may include with your application a scan of an official transcript, an unofficial transcript, your college advising report or, if necessary, grade cards (least preferred).  We will not accept grade information you type yourself.

Your home is within a school district where you or your parents pay school district property or income taxes. Real estate tax invoices or pay stubs noting a School District Income Tax (SDIT) may provide that answer. If you or your parents vote, you are sometimes given the opportunity to vote for the school board members or levies for the district in which you live. If you still do not recall the district where you reside, you may need to call your county Board of Elections or Treasurer’s office to ask.  The answer you give on the scholarship application may enable you to be considered for scholarships that are for people who live in a particular school district or region. With Open Enrollment or attendance at a private or parochial school, the high school you attend may be different than the school district in which you live.

Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction at an accredited educational institution.