The SouthCoast Community Foundation is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to students in our community. We manage one of the largest scholarship programs in our area, with more than $540k awarded to local students each year.
The SouthCoast Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarship awards to students throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you are a high school senior, current college student, or adult learner, the SouthCoast Community Foundation wants to help you pursue your educational goals.
Who Should Apply
- High school seniors pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree or certificate program
- College students pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree or certificate program
- Adults returning to school to pursue a certificate or earn an undergraduate or advanced degree.
Applications open on January 1, 2023
Most SouthCoast Community Foundation scholarships are available through our online scholarship portal. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are available through the Universal Application, which automatically pairs eligible students with all available scholarships. You will also find additional scholarship opportunities accessible from our online portal which require separate applications.
Click on the button below to create an account or to log in to apply.
To review the scholarship opportunities we have available, click on the button below.
Most scholarships follow our spring cycle with an application deadline of March 1st. However, deadlines may vary. We do not accept incomplete or late applications. All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be completed by the deadline.
Online Scholarship Portal
There are multiple scholarship opportunities through our online scholarship portal. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships from the SouthCoast Community Foundation are available through the Universal Application, which automatically pairs eligible students with all available scholarships. You will also find additional scholarship opportunities accessible from our online scholarship portal which require separate applications.
Review the Application Materials
The specific materials needed for each scholarship are detailed in the online application. In general, you should be prepared to submit:
- FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- Personal essays and any additional material required for specific scholarships
- Letter of Recommendation
- Most recent transcript clearly stating your name, school name, and GPA
When will the scholarship application be available?
Applications are available through our website on January 1 and typically close on March 1st. However, some scholarship deadlines vary.
What scholarship programs do you offer?
The SouthCoast Community Foundation manages 60 scholarship programs with varied eligibility requirements defined when the fund was established. Review our Scholarship Opportunities for eligibility and application deadlines.
Are scholarships renewable?
Not all scholarships administered by the SouthCoast Community Foundation are renewable. However, if you received a scholarship award that is renewable for one or more years, your notification letter will indicate it as such.
To renew your scholarship, you must complete the online Scholarship Redemption Form each semester you are eligible. Your transcript will verify that you maintained your enrollment and met all requirements relevant to your scholarship. Redemption Forms without all the requested materials will not be processed.
Are Scholarships open to current college students, graduate students, or non-traditional students?
Most scholarships require that you be a graduating high school senior. However, there are some scholarships that are open to current college students, graduates, and non-traditional students. Look for these scholarship opportunities through our online scholarship portal.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Most SouthCoast Community Foundation scholarships are available through our online scholarship portal. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships from the SouthCoast Community Foundation are available through the Universal Application, which automatically pairs eligible students with all available scholarships. You will also find additional scholarship opportunities accessible from our online scholarship portal which require separate applications.
What email address should I use to create my login?
Use an email that you will check quite often. This should not be a high school email address.
What does the application process involve and what is required to apply?
Each application process differs. Most applications require that an applicant electronically submit a transcript, letters of recommendation, FAFSA Student Aid Report, essays, and other supporting documents.
Where can I find more resources for completing the application?
What are FAFSA and SAR reports? How do I obtain my SAR report?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that must be submitted annually by current and prospective college students (both undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to apply for federal student financial aid, such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and work-study programs. The FAFSA is also used to apply for most state and institutional financial aid.
Once the FAFSA is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, it will be processed, and a Student Aid Report will be produced. Beginning October 1st, you can start your FAFSA for the following academic year by going to the FAFSA website. Your uploaded Student Aid Report must include ALL pages of your processed report, including your full name and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. For more information regarding the FAFSA process, please visit Studentaid.ed.gov.
If I am awarded a scholarship, how do I receive the funds, and what do they cover?
Scholarship checks are sent directly to the school’s student account or financial aid office. Scholarship payments are made on the student’s behalf for qualified educational expenses.
Read inspirational stories about our scholarship recipients.