In an effort to narrow your scholarship search, BCF has developed a tool that will guide you to the best scholarship choices for you.
Please select the school district in which you reside.
HEEF- Hastings Education Enrichment Foundation
Provides scholarship assistance to Hastings High School graduates for post secondary education. Please visit www.hassk12.org for information on how to apply to these scholarships.
Click logo to download more informationor visit the website at www.elks.org/enf
Marshall Community Foundation
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation offers a Women’s Education Coalition Grant to Barry County Women. Click on the logo to download application or visit www.kalfound.org
The American Legion Department of Michigan
The American Legion offers scholarships online. Click on the logo to be redirected to their website. Or visit www.michiganlegion.org.
Michigan Promise Scholarships
This site provides information about the Michigan Promise Scholarships based on the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). Click on the logo or visit www.michigan.gov/promise.
U.S. Department of Education FREE Application for Federal Student Aid Web Site.
FAFSA filing season begins January 1. Be sure you file well in advance of any pertinent state and/or college-imposed deadlines. (For Michigan students, your FAFSA must be received by the federal processor no later than March 1 to qualify for state-based grant assistance.) Click on the logo to be redirected to the site or visit www.fafsa.ed.gov
This site matches students to scholarships, a source of local, national, and college-specific scholarships. Search and compare detailed college profiles including tailored scholarship matches Click on the logo or go to www.fastweb.com to visit the site.
Q. When is the scholarship deadline?
A. March 15th. That means a copy of your application along with the necessary attachments is delivered or postmarked by March 15th to the Barry Community Foundation.
Q. If I am applying for multiple scholarships and each require letters of recommendation, how many letters do I need to send in?
A. You only need one set of letters of recommendation. If one scholarship requires three letters and another requires two, it is only necessary to submit three letters.
Q. Do I need to submit a copy of my FAFSA?
A. No. It is not required to submit a copy of your FAFSA. You will need to complete the FAFSA in order to complete the online scholarship application, but it is not necessary to submit a copy of the FAFSA with your application.
Q. If a scholarship requirement states, “The preferred student will be chosen based on the following considerations: school and community activities, work experience, essay content.” Does that mean I need to complete an additional essay?
A. No. This is just to give you an indication of what the scholarship review board will be looking for. You only need to complete the essay portion of the online application. Scholarships will give specific information if they require additional essay submissions.
Q. Do I need to complete all of the essay questions?
A. Yes. All of the questions are required. It is important to spend time on the essay questions. Make sure to edit and spell check your work. Essays can be written in Word and copied into the application. The essays are what will set you apart from other applicants. Spending extra time will improve your chances of being selected for a scholarship.
Q. Can I save my work, or does the application have to be completed all at once?
A. You can save your work and return to the applications as many times as you need prior to March 15th.
Q. What happens if I don’t get all of my attachments in by the deadline?
A. Incomplete applications, or applications without the appropriate attachments, will not be considered by the scholarship committee. It is important to read the instructions completely. You are required to submit an official transcript, so make sure you contact your guidance counselors well before the deadline.
Q. How do I know what scholarships I am eligible for?
A. There is a list of scholarship requirements listed on the Barry Community Foundation website, redirect to that page by clicking here. Read through the list. Each scholarship has unique specifications that may fit well with your qualifications.
Q. The Essay section says I have 3500 characters, what does that mean?
A. 3500 characters includes letters, punctuation and spaces. You are allowed 3500 characters per essay.