All About Scholarships

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You know your potential, graduate. Scholarships pave the way for your success.  This powerful passport is made possible through the support of the larger community and donors who believe in you.

In 2023, the Community Foundation awarded over $1.2 million dollars in scholarships to 116 students in Palm Beach and Martin Counties! We offer both need and merit based scholarships. When filling out our general scholarship application, you will automatically be considered for over 120 scholarships. The 2024 Scholarship Cycle will open the first week of January. 

Create a Scholarship Fund
Change a life. Make dreams come true. Shape the world. When you create a scholarship fund, you are the author of unlimited possibilities for a deserving student on their way to greatness.

For Donors

Create a Scholarship Fund

As a scholarship donor, you choose the name and structure of the scholarship. Community Foundation staff are available to help you establish related criteria and requirements for your scholarship.

Structuring Your Scholarship
Amount

You can decide how much the scholarship awards as well as how many students receive the award. Considerations for this process include projected students’ degree timeframe, other financial aid, and desired lifetime of the scholarship fund.

Length

You may choose not only how much a typical scholarship award is, but also how long the scholarship will be awarded to its recipients.

Disbursement

You may set restrictions on what costs are covered by the scholarship awards. Traditionally, scholarships are used to pay for expenses added to the student’s higher education billing (including tuition, meal plans, on-campus housing costs, books, etc.).

Selecting Your Ideal Recipient

When you establish your scholarship, you decide the type of student you would like to award. Due to IRS regulations, the selection criteria must create a broad applicant pool but there are still plenty of ways you can customize your selection criteria.

Achievements, Activities, & Aspirations

What a student does in and out of the classroom as well as their future plans are common selection criteria. If this is important to you, consider these factors:

  1. Do you have a qualifying high school GPA? Some donors have even established a maximum GPA requirement to support students who may not qualify for other scholarships.
  2. Are there any specific extracurricular activities you’d like to see on a student’s profile? These could be specific involvements, such as being an athlete, a nonprofit volunteer, or a quiz bowl leader.
  3. Is there a specific college major or career interest you would like your scholarship to support? Examples can include Journalism, Accounting, Biology, First Responder, etc.

Location

You may also have a preference to award scholarships based on where the student is from or where they will be completing their higher education. If this is important to you, we ask these questions:

  1. Do you want your recipient to come from a specific high school?
  2. Can your recipient attend a college or university in-state, out-of-state, or both?
  3. Will you require your recipient to be a U.S. citizen?

Administering Your Scholarship

The Community Foundation’s Scholarship Policies and Procedures are designed to help us administer your scholarship as efficiently as possible. We will ensure your scholarship recipients maintain certain standards. These standards include:

  1. Signing a Scholarship Agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of their scholarship.
  2. Full-time status at an accredited college, university, or vocational school is required of all Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients.
  3. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA while attending school. If the student’s GPA drops below the 2.5 minimum, they will have up to two semesters to raise their cumulative GPA back to the minimum requirement.
  4. Maintaining their original declared major or school choice if required during the selection process. Students are made aware they may lose their scholarships if they change schools or majors.
  5. Submission of an annual thank-you note to the fundholder of the scholarship.

2023 SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
$1.2 Million

2023 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
116

2023 AVERAGE SCHOLARSHIP
$10,021

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