Application Process

Every year, the goodwill of our donors enables hundreds of students to pursue their educational goals through numerous personalized scholarship funds that are managed through the Community Foundation. We are excited to offer a new, online portal which we hope will make the application process more efficient and intuitive. Discover how our scholarship program can pave the way for your goals and dreams today.

The Vancouver Rotary Scholarship application is now available!

Applications for all other 2018 scholarships will be available January 1.

Scholarship Applicants : Fast Facts

Who can receive a scholarship through the Community Foundation?
Our scholarship funds support a diverse range of students, but the majority are designed for graduating high school students. A number also benefit students currently enrolled in colleges or universities.
How much funding do Community Foundation scholarships provide?
Individual scholarship awards range in size from $1,000 to $5,000, but the average gift is roughly $1,800.
How many years do the scholarships last?
Scholarships may be awarded for one year only, while others are awarded for the customary four years of post-secondary education.
Are your scholarships extremely competitive?
Not generally. Many of them are specialized for students graduating from certain high schools or those pursuing a defined career path. Others benefit employees or children of employees of specific businesses.
How do you select scholarship recipients?
Each scholarship fund has its own selection committee. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington processes the application materials for these committees to review.
If I receive a scholarship, where should I send a thank you note?
Foundation staff and donors appreciate thank you notes. If you would like to show your gratitude, please address your letter to the "Scholarship Program Associate" and mail it to our physical address.
Does the amount I receive in scholarships affect my eligibility for financial aid?
Yes. Often the scholarship provider gives your award to the college you are attending as credit towards your tuition. If this happens, the school adjusts your unmet financial need accordingly.

“Your financial assistance does more than just provide a means for me to finance my education, it also encourages me. Thanks to you, I will be able to provide a much more valuable future for myself, my family, my friends and my community.” 

– Gabriel H. Dunham,     Jay and Diane Zidell Scholarship Recipient