By Jared Lindell
Most college students have returned home for the summer from their respective schools. With final exams complete, the last thing most of these students want to think about at this point is another year of lectures, class projects, and all-nighters. However, there is a positive to be gained by thinking about one’s next year of college; and that is the possibility of a scholarship to help pay for some school expenses. This is where the Community Foundation comes in. This July 15th is the deadline for college students to submit their college scholarship applications to take advantage of the financial assistance the Foundation can provide.
To be eligible for a college scholarship from the Community Foundation, students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and must be a graduate of a Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, or Allegany County high school. It should also be noted that both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
The Community Foundation staff is often asked what type of student receives a college scholarship award, and the answer is not always what one might think. The Foundation administers approximately 200 scholarship funds, each with their own specific criteria. Therefore, some students will receive scholarships based on academic achievement, while some will receive assistance for community service work they have done, and others might receive a scholarship based on their career goal. The point is, no matter what your personal or academic background, take the time to fill out and submit an application. With the financial rigors of college, every single potential dollar can help you through the school year. Additionally, 81% of students that applied for a scholarship from the Foundation last year received some type of assistance (both high school and college scholarships combined). So there is a greater chance that you will receive help than not.
The easiest way to acquire a college scholarship application is to go to the Community Foundation’s website at www.crcfonline.org. You can download the application from the website’s “Scholarship” link. You will also want to make sure you download the college financial aid report as well. This form needs to be filled out in addition to your college scholarship application. You can also visit the Community Foundation office at 418 Spring Street, Jamestown, to pick up the necessary forms or simply call 661-3390. Just make sure you have enough time to fill everything out, including the financial aid form.
Even though summer is virtually here, take one more moment to think about college next year. In that same thought, remember the Community Foundation and the assistance it can provide in your next year of school. No matter what, do not forget to fill out a college scholarship application and submit it to the Foundation by July 15th. If you have any questions regarding the college scholarship process, call the Community Foundation staff at 661-3390. Now, take a breather and relax in the warm summer sun…but get your application in first!
Published in the June 11th edition of The Post-Journal