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General Scholarship Application

Access dozens of scholarships with just one application.

SACF General Scholarship Application

SACF offers scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors and current college students who graduated from high schools in St. Joseph County, Michigan, and are pursuing a college degree (2-year and 4-year). With 46 different scholarships available, applicants completing SACF's General Scholarship Application will be automatically reviewed for every scholarship they are eligible to receive. 

Application is open from December 1 to March 1

General Scholarship FAQs

  • December 1st, 2023

  • March 1st, 2024, at 11:59 PM

  • Graduating high school students of St. Joseph County and current undergraduate college students who graduated from a high school in St. Joseph County.

  • To access the online application, click HERE

    Or find the "Scholarship Portal" button near the top of the page.

  • Yes, once you reach the login page of our scholarship application portal, you will need to create an account by clicking the button "Create New Account"

  • Please use an alternative email address from your high school email. College students may use their college/university email address.

  • No, you do not have to complete the FAFSA to apply. However, you must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for our Financial Need Scholarships. We also strongly recommend you complete the FAFSA to qualify for federal student loans, college grants, work-study funds, and certain state-based aid.

  • Yes, an unofficial transcript is acceptable as long as it is clearly labeled with your name, current academic year, cumulative grade point average, and the name of the high school, college, or university. For high school seniors, your first-semester senior-year grades must be recorded, along with your cumulative grade point average. Grade point average must be reported based on a 4.0 unweighted scale.

  • Each essay is read and reviewed as part of the selection process. Applicant essays will be scored on:

    • Content: The ideas are substantial and well-illustrated. The writing demonstrates a high level of development and sophistication, with well-crafted ideas that are effectively communicated.

    • Quality: The essay has a well-organized format and contains few spelling and grammar mistakes.

    The essay may be the most challenging part of your application to complete. But, it is also where you can stand out from the crowd. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include details you feel comfortable sharing about yourself so the reader can get to know who you are and what you stand for. Be truthful and honest.

    Scholarship committees may have 100+ essays to review. It is your job to get their attention. Remember to:

    • Think before you write. Brainstorm to generate some good ideas and create an outline to help you get going. Make sure to address the prompt you choose clearly.

    • Be original and be creative in your answers. Show, don't tell. Use examples to individualize your essay. Demonstrate the point you want to make. Avoid vagueness to make a strong impression.

    • Proofread. This is very important! You want to avoid any typos in your essay. Check spelling and grammar. Share your statement with a friend, parent/guardian, or teacher. Another pair of eyes can catch errors you might miss!

    • Create a portrait of a winner. By doing this on paper, you create a vivid portrait that will depict the person behind the grades, activities, and awards. If a reviewer feels like they know you, you have done your job and created a powerful emotional connection that elevates your application and makes it stand out.

    The Foundation expects scholarship applicants to write their own original essays without the assistance of artificial intelligence (AI) programs. If it is suspected or discovered that an applicant has used AI to complete their essay, the applicant will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Yes. Occasionally a student may be selected for more than one of the Community Foundation scholarship funds.

  • On April 5th all applicants will be notified via email about the status of their application.


Contact us at (269) 659-8508 or email

Applicant Resources

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for federal, state and college grants, loans, and work-study.

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Scholarship Timeline

Application Opens

December 1, 2023

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024


All submitted applications will be processed and reviewed by independent scholarship committees. Throughout the month, trained committee members will carefully consider and score scholarship applications based on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to, academic performance, work experience, financial need, and community involvement. 

April - May

On April 5th, all applicants will be notified via email of the status of their application. Applicants who receive an award will be invited to a scholarship awards luncheon on May 5th to celebrate and recognize their award. 

June - August

All award money will be sent directly to the college/university of the recipient. Before checks are mailed to the college/university, each student must complete a College Confirmation Form to receive the funds. This form is due June 16th, 2024, and can be reached through the button below.

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