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How do I complete a scholarship application?
The scholarship application should be completed online. Paper applications will not be accepted. The  application can be found in the Scholarship Portal linked above. Applications are accepted from January 1 through March 5 each year. Renewal Application are open from January 1 through January 31.

Can I apply for multiple scholarships?
Yes, you may apply for multiple scholarships. Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF) has one general scholarship application. Once students complete the eligibility quiz to see if they align with any of our available scholarships, the application will automatically filter which scholarships for which the student is eligible. Students will submit the full application for each scholarship for which they want to apply. Almost all of the responses automatically copy over for each individual scholarship, so the student is really only filling out one application for multiple scholarships.

What information is required in the application?
If you have taken the eligibility quiz and you were matched with one or more of our scholarships, then you will be asked a number of questions about your education, college and career goals, extracurricular activities and employment and family’s financial situation. The CCCF scholarship application requires submission of the following:

Your most recent transcript showing your GPA on a 4.0 scale.

A personal statement (essay): This essay should help the reviewer learn about your personal history, perspectives, goals, and interests. Be sure to include your education plans and career goals as well. Please review your essay for grammatical and spelling errors before you submit it. Your personal statement should not exceed 600 words.

The email address of two individuals (NOT family members) who will complete a recommendation form on your behalf. Please note: an emailed letter of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of the online recommendation form. Each applicant will be required to enter the email address of their references on the application. Each reference will then be emailed by the Foundation to request they complete a recommendation form in the system. These two recommendations must be completed no later than March 5.

Financial information to determine need. This may include your FAFSA EFC score or amounts like gross household income.

I do not plan to attend an institution of higher education in South Carolina. Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship from Central Carolina Community Foundation?
Yes. Although some of the scholarships we administer require the recipient to attend a college or university in South Carolina, it is not a requirement for all scholarships.

I’m a college student. Can I apply for a scholarship?
Yes, some of our scholarships are open to current college students.

I’m a junior or sophomore in high school. Can I apply for a scholarship early?
No, the scholarships are only available for students who will be enrolled in an institution of high education for the upcoming school year. You many apply during your senior year.

When will the Foundation notify students about their application status?
All students will be notified no later than May.  Please ensure all contact information you enter into the application is a reliable way to contact you. If your contact information changes after you submit your application, it is your responsibility to contact CCCF to update your information. We request that you use a personal email, not your high school email which may become inactive during the award process.

Where will my scholarship payment be sent?
If awarded a scholarship from CCCF, in mid-July we will send the scholarship check to your educational institution’s bursar or financial aid office, depending on the policy of the college or university you attend. No funds are awarded directly to students.

Do you have other questions? Contact [email protected] for help.