Scholarships awarded in 2016 - 194

Scholarship dollars awarded in 2016 - $433,057

Overall scholarships dollars awarded - $1,789,583

Total Grants Since Inception

$159 Million

Application Process

Every year, scholarship funds supported by our donors enable hundreds of students to pursue their educational goals. Search below to discover how our scholarship program can help pave the way for your goals and dreams.

Most applications for our 2019 scholarships will open Tuesday, January 1. The Vancouver Rotary Scholarship will open on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

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