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Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently launched its 2019 scholarship process and is offering more than 90 unique scholarship opportunities for students across the region.

Community Foundation scholarships are available to students in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties, for both graduating high school students and current college students. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded more than $275,000 to 205 students.

“Because we work with donors to match their passion with purpose, we have a wide variety of unique scholarships for all different types of students – talented writers, trade students, academic achievers, Eagle Scouts, adventurous spirits, etc.” said Alison Metiva, vice president of strategic engagement and programs.

Among the opportunities available this year, there are several new scholarships including the Angelo and Michele Vozza More Than Robots Scholarship for students who have been involved in FIRST Robotics and the Patrick J. Carroll Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing music or multi-media arts.

New this year, the Foundation launched a new application process aimed at streamlining the process for students.

“Last year we received almost 800 unique scholarship applications – an increase of nearly 200 over the previous year – and we decided that we needed a better system to optimize and simplify the process,” said Gina Thornbury, Community Foundation program officer. “Our new software allows students to fill out a preliminary application that lists every scholarship they are eligible for, tells them what to submit, and sends them deadline reminders.”   

Most scholarship applications are due by March 8, though Community Foundation staff recommend students begin the process now and take note of specific scholarship deadlines and additional materials that may be required.

For more information visit www.gtrcf.org/scholarships/apply or call the Community Foundation at 231-935-4066.

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