How to Apply for and Renew Your Scholarship

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Whether you are a current high school senior, home schooled senior, early college senior, current college student or non-traditional student, we may have a scholarship for you!  The Community Foundation for Muskegon County manages one of the largest scholarship programs in our area, with $1,500,000 committed to students across four counties and over 600 new and renewed scholarships awarded each year. But it’s not about the money. It’s about the future we’re making for our community.  

Scholarships are paid to accredited institutions and divided equally between the terms of the academic year.  The scholarship award will be used toward the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books, or other educational expenses the student may incur.

We use a “single application” method to select scholarships. We consider each application and match it with the best-fitting scholarship source. You can see a complete list of scholarship funds managed by the Community Foundations in Muskegon, Mason and Oceana counties here

How did 2015 look? Download the infographic to learn about last year's scholarship recipients!


To maximize scholarship support for all students in Muskegon County, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County will focus scholarship dollars on students who are not eligible for the Muskegon Promise – either due to the school they plan to attend or due to grade point average. Muskegon Promise eligibility requirements for 2015 and 2016 graduates:

  • Graduate of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, or Holton Public Schools
  • Grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • Attending Baker College or Muskegon Community College

For additional information about the Promise, visit

Graduates of Promise schools are welcome to apply for a Foundation scholarship, but if the Scholarship Committees see a grade point average solidly above a 3.5 with plans to attend Baker College or Muskegon Community College, applicants will not be considered for a Foundation scholarship. If applicants are determined to be Promise-eligible after they are awarded a Foundation scholarship, the Scholarship Committees will award that scholarship to another student.


If you are a Promise recipient, once you have completed two years at Baker College or Muskegon Community College, you are encouraged to apply for a Community Foundation scholarship to support your remaining higher education.


You will be asked to register with eGrant before beginning your scholarship application. There will be one general application that all applicants will need to complete.

How to Apply for a Scholarship – Muskegon County
We award scholarships once per year. To be eligible, you must be a resident of one of the 12 local constituent school districts of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and a graduate of a Muskegon County school, private or public. There some exceptions to this rule. Our staff and their family members may not apply. Some awards for current High School students may require an interview. You will be notified when interviews begin. Questions about your eligibility? Please call Dana Scott (231-332-4104).

How to Apply for a Scholarship – Oceana County

How to Apply for a Scholarship – Mason County

When will scholarship awards be announced?
If you are a graduating high school senior, scholarships will be announced at your high school awards ceremony.  If you are a current college student, you will be notified by mail mid to late June.

How to Renew Your Multi-Year Existing Scholarship
If you received a multiple-year scholarship in the previous year(s), you must submit an official transcript of your fall grades and renewal application by February 15, 2016. You will be contacted by our Scholarship staff early February, 2016.

Note: Not all scholarships are renewable.
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Questions about our scholarship program? Call Dana Scott, Scholarship Coordinator, at  231-332-4104.