Scholarships Awarded in 2023 - 394

Scholarship Dollars Awarded in 2023 - $1.1 Million

Overall Scholarship Dollars Awarded - $6.9 Million

Total Grants Since Inception

$311 Million

Application Process

Every year, scholarship funds supported by our donors enable hundreds of students to pursue their educational goals. Complete our Eligibility Quiz below to discover which scholarships might help pave the way for your goals and dreams.


Applications for the 2024-25 academic year are open December 5 – April 30.

 The Vancouver Rotary Scholarship (Apply Here) is open November 6 – February 26.

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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, and a few benefit graduate students and those pursuing vocational/ technical training.
How much funding do Community Foundation scholarships provide?
Individual scholarship awards range in size from $1,000 to $10,000, but the average gift is roughly $2,500.
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 or the time it takes to complete a degree.
Are your scholarships extremely competitive?
Not generally. Many of them are specialized for students graduating from certain high schools, residing in a specific geographical area or those pursuing a defined career path. Others benefit employees or children of employees of specific businesses, or others with an organization affiliation.
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, you can upload a note, picture, or video in the online scholarship acceptance form, or you can send your personalized cards and letters to the "CFSWW Scholarship Manager" and mail it to our physical address: 610 Esther Street, Suite 201 Vancouver, WA 98660.
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, fees, and required books and supplies. If this happens, the school adjusts your unmet financial need accordingly.

Hamilton Vuu, Scholarship Recipient Portrait“You have lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope that one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.” 

– Hamilton Vuu, Roy F. Mather Scholarship recipient