Building Communities Through Education

Building for the future by supporting education for young peoples—how great is that! Each year, donors who have trusted the foundation to manage their funds provide scholarship support for high school seniors planning to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities—both academic and vocational.

Honoring guidelines set by the donors, committees comprised of high school counselors, college financial aid professionals, community volunteers and Foundation board members review the scholarship applications and select award recipients.

View The Community Foundation’s scholarships, and respective application processes here.

Learn More About Scholarships

Scholarship Resources

U. S. Department of Education

www.studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

The Student Guide to Financial Aid is a comprehensive source of information to explain the financial aid and how to apply for it. 

FAFSA

www.fafsa.ed.gov

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form that provides the data on which financial aid decisions are based. Students may complete the FAFSA starting on January 1 prior to the fall when they will enroll. 

The WashBoard

www.theWashBoard.org

A free, web-based, nonprofit scholarship clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships. In one stop, you can search and apply for verified scholarship opportunities specific to your academic interests, college or university, or other criteria.

College Affordability & Transparency Center

www.collegecost.ed.gov

Here you will find information about tuition and net prices at post-secondary institutions. The site highlights institutions with high and low tuition and fees, as well as high and low net prices (the price of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid). It also shows institutions where tuition, fees, and net prices are increasing at the highest rates.

Washington Student Achievement Council

www.wsac.wa.gov

The WASC has information about preparing for college and paying for it that is particular to Washington State.

Ready, Set, Grad

http://www.readysetgrad.org/

Cash Course

http://www.cashcourse.org/

Cappex

www.cappex.com

Your college decision headquarters - search for colleges, read reviews, and search for available scholarships.

Scholarship Search Sites

Avoid Scholarship Scams

We remind students that scholarship applications and search engines should not cost them money. A scholarship is meant to help you, not cause you to pay more.

Below are links to sites that will provide more information about recognizing and avoiding scholarship scams.

FinAid.org

http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml

Advice on identifying, avoiding and reporting scholarship scams.

StudentAid.ed.gov

http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/scams

More info on scholarship scams 

U.S. Department of Education

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/misused/sscams.html

Tips from the federal agency about safe searches for financial aid.

The Community Foundation Scholarship Winner

2016 McGimpsey Scholar from North Thurston High School, Hannah Martinez, flanked by Daniel McGimpsey and David McGimpsey, grandsons of the scholarship funder.