Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions

Want to know more about the application process or if you've received an award? You've come to the right place!

Through the generosity of our donors, The Community Foundation of Macon County awards approximately 70 scholarships each year to high school seniors who have been accepted at an accredited college or university. Most of the scholarship funds have been established as endowments, which allow for student benefit long after the donor’s lifetime.

Scholarship awards vary in size from $250 to $6,000.

Scholarships are awarded based on, and not limited to, the following criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Financial need
  • Pursuit of specific majors or careers such as agriculture, business, engineering, etc.
  • Athletic excellence
  • Demonstration of citizenship and leadership through community service and extracurricular activities
  • Other

The deadline to apply for the 2020 academic scholarship program is March 1, 2020.

The scholarship application requires the following:

Personal Information

  • Name, email, address, parent information, etc.

Academic Information

  • GPA, Seventh Semester Transcripts, SAT/ACT Score, Major, etc.

Financial Information

  • FAFSA Upload and EFC Score

Extracurricular Activities

  • Community Service, Extracurricular Groups, Work History, other activities that demonstrate leadership and character

Short Essay Questions

  • Many of the scholarships require the following short essay that answers 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 and what steps will you take to achieve them?
    • What personal characteristics or experiences qualify you to receive a scholarship?
  • Please note not all scholarships will ask for these essays and specific scholarships may ask for further essays and questions to be answered.

Two Letters of Recommendation

  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • Letter of recommendation from a community member (clergy, employer, community service coordinator, etc.)

Individuals from the community are invited to serve on the scholarship selection committee according to the requirements of each scholarship. These committee members review applications and submit their selections to The Community Foundation of Macon County.

The high school guidance counselors will be notified by May, prior to the award ceremonies.

You will receive further information regarding the monies being disbursed at the scholarship reception held in June.