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General tips
Essay tips
Interview tips

General tips

Remember, your scholarship application helps us get to know you. Give it the time and attention it deserves. Some tips:

  • Complete all sections
  • Read and follow instructions carefully
  • Proofread your work
  • Be punctual. No applications will be accepted after March 1

Essay tips

Your personal essay may be the most challenging part of your application, but it also gives you a chance to stand out from the crowd.

The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include details about yourself so that the reader gets to know you and what you stand for. Be truthful and honest.

Our scholarship selection committees review hundreds of essays. It’s up to you to get their attention! Some tips:

  • Think before you write.
    Brainstorm ideas and create an outline before you begin writing. Know what you are trying to say (show, don’t just tell) and keep a narrow focus. A reader must be able to find your main idea and follow it from beginning to end.
  • Be original and creative.
    Choose a topic that will highlight you and write in your own voice. Share personal thoughts and stories. Include specific details, examples, and reasons to develop your ideas. Avoid clichés or resume-like language.
  • Proofread.
    Read your essay carefully and check spelling and grammar. Enlist a friend, parent, or teacher to proofread. Don’t rely on your computer’s spell check to catch mistakes (i.e. using an incorrect word).

For additional guidance and to review sample personal essays, visit College Board.

Interview tips

Some scholarships require applicants to participate in a face-to-face interview. Here are some suggestions to help:

  • Dress appropriately. A scholarship interview is similar to a job interview—dress accordingly.
  • Be on time. Know where you’re going and when you need to be there.
  • Be prepared. Know the scholarship criteria and be prepared to talk about how you meet it. Be ready to talk about your personal goals, college/career goals, and academic achievements.
  • Be honest and brief. Answer questions truthfully and thoroughly, but recognize that not every question requires a long answer.
  • Listen to questions carefully. It is okay to take a moment to think before answering a question. Ask for clarification if needed.
  • Relax. The interviewer is on your side and wants to help you succeed!


What types of scholarships does Fremont Area Community Foundation offer?
Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors (who live in or attend a high school in Newaygo County), home schooled seniors, medical students, and adult/nontraditional students. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree, be in or accepted to medical school, or entering a career credentialing or certification program.

Do I have to be a resident of Newaygo County to be eligible for a scholarship?
In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship from the Community Foundation, applicants must attend a Newaygo County high school, be residents of Newaygo County, or reside within a Newaygo County-based school district.

When is the scholarship application available?
Our scholarship application is available from January 1 to March 1 (at 11:59 p.m.).

How is financial need determined?
Students/families seeking financial assistance should begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Is there a way to estimate my EFC (Expected Family Contribution)?
Yes. You can find a helpful tool for estimating your financial aid and calculating your estimated EFC and financial need here.

Are these scholarships taxable?
Awards are for direct expenses at the academic institution such as tuition, course required fees, books, and supplies. These expenses are typically tax-free. For specific information, check with a tax professional or your school’s financial aid office.

Will my completed application qualify me to be considered for more than one scholarship?
Yes. Your general application will be entered into the Community Foundation’s database and matched with the specific criteria for more than 90 scholarship funds.

May I receive more than one scholarship?
Yes. Occasionally a student may qualify and be selected for more than one Community Foundation scholarship.

Do I have to reapply if I received a renewable Community Foundation scholarship last year?
No. Students who are awarded a renewable scholarship award will receive a renewal form in the mail each summer. This form must be completed and returned with required documentation by July 31.

Can a Community Foundation scholarship be used at any school or career training program?
Scholarships can be used at any accredited college, university, certification program, or career-training program. If a school is not accredited, scholarship use must be approved by the Community Foundation. Unless the fund agreement specifies otherwise, scholarships can be used at any school in the U.S.

What is an adult/nontraditional student?
For the purposes of scholarship awards, the Community Foundation defines adult/ nontraditional students as individuals who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their postsecondary education. Adult students are often (but not always) prospective undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. Although age is the easiest way to define nontraditional students, it is not always applicable. Life experiences provide several other identifying criteria, such as full-time employment, parenthood, care of elderly parents, or prior military service.

If I don’t know which college I will attend, where should I send my financial information?
Send your financial information form to a college or certification program to which you have been accepted and that has, or will receive, your financial aid information (FAFSA). If you are trying to decide between two colleges, have the college with higher costs complete your financial information form.

When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
Scholarship awards are presented at high school awards ceremonies, typically in May and early June.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how is it paid?
Checks are made payable and mailed directly to the school once you have accepted the award and submitted the required paperwork.

If I change schools, can my scholarship be transferred to my new school?
Some scholarships are limited to certain schools. If you transfer, we will determine whether you are still eligible for your scholarship. If so, we will transfer your award to your new school.

Whom do I contact with questions?
All scholarship questions can be directed to Robin Cowles, Philanthropic Services Manager, at 231.924.5350 or


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