Scholarship Timeline

Learn the steps of the 2020 Community Foundation of Macon County scholarship process.

The CFMC scholarship application opens January 1, 2020 and closes at 11:59pm on March 1, 2020.

Before the Application

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA

October 1
Visit to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You’ll need the Student Aid Report (SAR) in a PDF form to upload to your scholarship application within the financial information section.

Step 2: Start Thinking about Letters of Recommendation

November 15
You’ll need two letters of recommendation to apply for CFMC scholarships.

  • One from a teacher at your high school
  • One from a community member (clergy, employer, high school counselor, etc.)

Ask early to allow time for your references to complete the letters of recommendation. You will be asked to upload these letters to the application.

Step 3: Learn of Other Local Scholarship Opportunities

November 20
Visit your guidance counselor to ask for a list of scholarship opportunities available for students within your school.

Step 4: Make a List of All Extracurricular and Community Service Activities

December 1
Write down your involvement with sports, clubs, community service activities, and work. Make sure to note when you were involved, if you held a leadership position, how many hours you spent at each, and if you have accumulated more than the required amount of community service hours for graduation.

Step 5: Collect Your Academic Information

December 7
You will need the following information to complete the Academic Information section of the application:

  • High School transcripts through seventh semester for high school seniors (includes first semester senior year)
  • SAT or ACT or both scores uploaded
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Your major/field of study you plan to pursue
  • Name and approximate cost of attendance for the college/university you plan to attend

Step 6: Begin Drafting Essay Responses

December 15
Each scholarship application requires an essay to be written. Almost every scholarship requires an answer to the following prompt:

  • Please write a one-page response answering the following questions: what are your educational goals and how do you hope to achieve them while attending college? What are your long-term or career goals/plans and what steps will you take to achieve them? What personal characteristics or experiences qualify you to receive a scholarship?

Specific scholarships may require an essay in addition to those listed above. Scholarships which require further essays may be found on the essays page.

During the Application

Step 1: Create an Account on the Scholarship Application Portal

January 1
Visit and click “Scholarship Application Portal”. On the log on page, click create new account and fill in your personal information to create your account.

Step 2: Complete the Eligibility Form

January 1
The eligibility form will automatically match you with every scholarship for which you qualify. You must fill out an application for each scholarship, however you can copy your application answers into each separate scholarship.

Step 3: Complete the Personal and Academic Information Sections of the Application

January 1
Enter your personal information (email, county of residence, contact information) and academic information (from step 5 above).

Step 4: Complete the Extracurricular Activities and Financial Information Sections of the Application

January 10
Enter your list of extracurricular and community service activities (collected in Step 3 in BEFORE THE APPLICATION). Upload your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) into the application and enter your Expected Family Contribution (EFC Number) which is located on your SAR.

Step 5: Enter Essay Responses

January 20
Paste your essay responses into the application. Be sure to check if a scholarship requires another essay in addition to the prompts listed above.

Step 6: Upload Letters of Recommendation

February 15
Upload one letter of recommendation from a teacher at your high school and one from a community member.

Step 7: Copy Application into All Scholarships You Qualify For

February 20
Copy your application responses for each scholarship you matched with.

Step 8: Submit Your Applications

February 28
After reviewing all items on your applications for completion and accuracy (did you double check your essay prompts?), complete the electronic signature, enter the date, and submit.

Step 9: Application Deadline

March 1
You must submit your application(s) by 11:59pm on March 1, 2020. No late applications will be accepted.

After the Application

Step 1: Staff Screens All Applications

March 2
CFMC staff members screen each application for completion and accuracy.

Step 2: Scholarship Committees and Reviewers Go To Work

March 5
Nearly 100 volunteer committee members will read and score the applications during the review process. The committees will submit their reviews of each application by mid-March.

Step 3: High School Guidance Counselors Notified of Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients will be invited to their school’s award ceremony, typically held in May. We will announce all scholarship recipients on May 29th.

Step 4: Scholarship Awards Reception - Canceled

CFMC will gather donors and awards recipients for a scholarship celebration. During this event information regarding how to receive scholarship monies is discussed.

Step 5: Checks are Delivered to Colleges/Universities

CFMC will mail a check directly to your college/university provided all prerequisite steps are completed by the recipient.