Apply for Scholarships

The SouthCoast Community Foundation is proud to offer scholarship opportunities to students in our community. We manage on of the largest scholarship programs in our area, with more than $400k awarded to local students each year.

The SouthCoast Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarship awards and support to students throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you are an accepted high school senior, current college student, or adult learner, the SouthCoast Community Foundation offers a range of scholarship options that will help you pursue your educational goals.

Scholarships: How to Apply

 

If you are an accepted high school senior, current college student, or non-traditional/adult-learner, the SouthCoast Community Foundation may have a scholarship for you. Check out our Scholarship Opportunities Packet, and take our Scholarship Eligibility Quiz to find and apply for SouthCoast Community Foundation scholarships.

Applications will be accepted for two months starting, January 1st, 2021.

 

STEP 1: Determine if you are eligible.

Review the 2021 Scholarship Opportunities Packet. This packet contains eligibility requirements for scholarship funds administered by the SouthCoast Community Foundation. We strongly encourage you to go through this booklet prior to beginning an application to gauge your eligibility.

STEP 2: Take the Scholarship Eligibility Quiz.

Each question on the quiz is designed to gauge your eligibility for each of our unique scholarship opportunities. After submitting the quiz, you will be re-directed to a results page with a listing of all of the scholarships for which you are eligible to apply. Click on the small box next to each scholarship you would like to apply for and then click on the button at the bottom of your screen to add the scholarships to your virtual bin and to create an applicant account.

STEP 2: Take the Scholarship Eligibility Quiz.

Each question on the quiz is designed to gauge your eligibility for each of our unique scholarship opportunities. After submitting the quiz, you will be re-directed to a results page with a listing of all of the scholarships for which you are eligible to apply. Click on the small box next to each scholarship you would like to apply for and then click on the button at the bottom of your screen to add the scholarships to your virtual bin and to create an applicant account.

STEP 3: Review the Application Deadlines

While the deadline for most scholarships is March 1st, some vary. Incomplete applications and/or late applications, including late attachments, will not be accepted.

STEP 4: 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:

  • The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • A personal essay and any additional material required for specific scholarships. (i.e., a letter of recommendation).
  • An updated transcript clearly stating your name, school name, and GPA.

Scholarship FAQs

When will the Scholarship application be available?
Applications are available on January 1st. Visit our website to take the scholarship eligibility quiz, the first step in the application process, and review scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible to apply.

What scholarship programs do you offer?
The SouthCoast Community Foundation manages a number of scholarship programs with varied eligibility requirements defined by the donor when the fund is established. Review our Scholarship Opportunities Packet for information on 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 per semester. Your transcript will verify that you maintained your enrollment and met all requirements relevant to your scholarship. Redemption Forms submitted without all requested materials will not be processed.

Are Scholarships open to current college students, graduate students or non-traditional students?
The majority of scholarships require that you be a graduating high school senior; however, there are numerous scholarships that are open to graduate and non-traditional students. Please review our Scholarship Opportunities Packet, and take our Eligibility Quiz to determine scholarships for which you are eligible to apply.

How do I apply for a scholarship?
Most SouthCoast Community Foundation scholarships are available on our online portal. To access our portal and apply for scholarships, you must first take the Scholarship Eligibility Quiz.

Once you’ve taken the quiz and have identified which scholarships you may apply, check the box next to each opportunity and add them to your application bin. You will then be prompted to create an account and begin your 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’s process differs. Most applications require that an applicant electronically submit a transcript, letters of recommendations, FAFSA Student Aid Report, resume, essay, and other supporting documents.

What is a FAFSA and SAR report? 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 number. For more information regarding the FAFSA process, please visit Studentaid.ed.gov.

What should I submit if I am ineligible to apply for FAFSA due to citizenship?
You should submit a statement explaining why you are ineligible to apply for the FAFSA.

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 accounts or financial aid office. Scholarship payments are made on the student’s behalf for qualified educational expenses.

Read inspirational stories about our scholarship recipients.