ALPENA – The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) is accepting applications for its 2019 competitive scholarship season. Current and former graduates of high schools in the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle are invited to apply.
Scholarship opportunities through CFNEM are based on a wide variety of criteria including the student’s high school, year of graduation, college they plan to attend, or their planned field of study. Many scholarships are for students who have already graduated from high school, and also for those planning to attend a certificate program or trade school. To be eligible, students must complete the application by the March 1, 2019 deadline.
“For those who are familiar with our scholarship program, there are a few significant changes this year,” said CFNEM Program Director Julie Wiesen. “While the applications are available sooner, the application deadline has been moved to an earlier date as well. All scholarship applications are now due on March 1st.”
Additionally, Wiesen says the majority of scholarships must be applied for directly through the Community Foundation’s online platform. Students applying for awards will complete one online application, and will be considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.
New scholarships, or those being awarded for the first time this year, include:
The Community Foundation also holds scholarships that are available for students through CFNEM’s affiliate foundations: the Iosco County Community Foundation (iccf-online.org), the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (ncmcf.org), and the Straits Area Community Foundation (sacf.net). These counties include Cheboygan, Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Iosco. Affiliate scholarship applications are accessed through a separate online platform, available through each affiliate website.
Wiesen says that while most of the awards are for one year of study, some of the available scholarships are multiple-year awards.
Scholarship applicants should visit the “Scholarships” section of the Community Foundation’s website at cfnem.org, as well as the affiliate websites.
Scholarships awarded during the 2019 competitive scholarship program are for the 2019-20 academic year, and are paid directly to the educational institution the student has chosen. The application deadline for all CFNEM and its affiliate foundations’ scholarships is March 1, 2019.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is a charitable organization committed to providing people who care about the future of our area with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come. Led by a volunteer board of local citizens, the foundation oversees a group of permanently endowed funds from a wide range of donors. Gifts of all sizes from individuals, families, businesses and agencies are invested in a balanced, well-managed portfolio to build endowments, enabling support for students and local community nonprofits now and forever.