Scholarships

Supporting Students to Achieve Their Goals

Scholarships align with the Community Foundation’s mission: connecting people who care with causes that matter. As part of our support for education, we administer scholarship funds established by individuals and organizations. Whether it’s medical school, journalism, ministry, nursing, or engineering, our scholarship donors make pursuing a career more attainable for all our high school and professional school students.

A large variety of scholarships are available and are based on a field of study, merit, financial need, and community involvement. Our simplified Universal Application seamlessly matches students’ interests and financial needs with specific scholarship criteria.

2024 Scholarship Application Update

As of May 15, 2024, all scholarship applicants who will be receiving a scholarship have been contacted via email with follow-up instructions and next steps. We congratulate the recipients on their achievements and look forward to supporting them in their educational endeavors.

The 2025-26 scholarship application cycle will open in December of 2024. We invite all prospective applicants to stay tuned for updates and to take advantage of the resources provided to prepare their applications effectively.

Thank you for your interest in the Community Foundation of Lorain County’s scholarships, made possible by the generosity of our donors. We wish all applicants the best of luck in their academic pursuits.

Application Procedure

All applicants must complete our Universal Application, designed to automatically match their skills and financial needs with specific criteria for each scholarship.  This streamlines the application process, eliminating the need for multiple submissions.

  • Starting December 15, you may apply for the 2024 school year.  Begin by creating a profile and selecting the scholarship option.
  • Applications must be submitted by April 1st, 2024 at 11:59 pm.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified via email no later than May 31, 2024.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA or higher, as specified by individual scholarships. 
  • Official transcripts are required, obtainable only from your College Bursar’s Office or High School Guidance Office.
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit the page showing their Student Aid Index (SAI).  
  • Students eligible for scholarship renewals will be contacted via email in January. 
  • Renewable scholarships require annual reapplication and are subject to competitive review by the committee.
  • Awards are disbursed directly to post-secondary accredited educational institutions, not to individuals or bookstores.
  • Decisions recommended by the scholarship committees receive approval from the Community Foundation Board of Directors and will be finalized in May.

3K

number of students

$9M

scholarship dollars given