Frequently Asked Questions
Is the BCCF scholarship application available online?
Yes, you can complete and submit a scholarship application from our website.
Will my completed application qualify me to be considered for more than one scholarship?
Yes, The BCCF General Scholarship Application is affiliated with approximately 70 different scholarships. The number of scholarships you are eligible for is based on several criteria, including: high school, GPA, area of study and/or the educational institution you plan to attend. Before sitting down to fill out this application, you should click on the BCCF Scholarship Application ‘Find a Scholarship’ link to enter the requested information for a complete summary of the scholarships you are eligible to apply for by submitting this application.
Please note that there are approximately 35 additional BCCF Scholarship Applications that are separate from the BCCF ‘General’ Scholarship Application. Each additional application requires you to upload attachments specific to that scholarship’s criteria. You will be able to select each of these scholarships individually when reviewing the summary of scholarships you are eligible to apply for.
Do I have to re-apply if I received a Battle Creek Community Foundation scholarship last year?
Yes, the majority of Battle Creek Community Foundation scholarships are one-time awards. You are able to submit a new application each year if you continue to fit the scholarship’s criteria. If you received a renewable scholarship, you will find the renewal forms on our website for your completion.
Must I be a US Citizen, or certified US permanent resident to apply?
Yes. Additionally, eligible non-citizens are: A conditional permanent resident (I-551C) or the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any of the following designations (Refugee or Asylum Granted). Supporting documentation is required with the application.
Why are most Battle Creek Community Foundation scholarships limited to the greater Battle Creek area?
Donors establishing a scholarship fund select critieria that are important to them. Supporting students in the local area remains a priority for many donors. The greater Battle Creek area includes the City of Battle Creek, the City of Springfield and the townships of Bedford, Emmett and Pennfield. There are some scholarships that are countywide and scholarships for schools outside our county. Please use the tool within the scholarship section of our website to assist you in identifying scholarships that apply to your geographic area.
Can Battle Creek Community Foundation scholarships be used for study at any school?
Yes, a large number of our scholarships can be used at any college, university or technical school in the U.S.
Who should write letters of recommendation that may be required by a scholarship?
Letters of recommendation are required by some scholarships. Please read each scholarship description for specific criteria. Students should request letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, advisors, employers, business associates, counselors, mentors, etc. Letters from family members, friends or other relatives are not recommended.
Are all Battle Creek Community Foundation scholarships need-based?
No. Each scholarship has unique criteria.
How is financial need determined?
It is a requirement of the application to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)form and upload a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) with your application as well as a copy of your college award letter. Based on these two documents your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined. Your unmet need is determined by using the following equation: cost of attendance – EFC – scholarships/grants = unmet need
Why do I need to complete a FAFSA?
This is a requirement to be considered for any BCCF scholarship that is need-based.
Why is my parent’s income considered when I am going to be the one paying for my education?
Typically, most organizations support the Federal Methodology formula created by Congress. It is based on the premise that it is a parent’s and student’s joint responsiblity to provide funds for higher education from their income and assets (to the extent possible). As a general rule, a student is considered independent at the age of 24, or if he/she is married, or is the primary provider for a dependent child or is a veteran.
Is there a way to estimate my Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
Yes, a helpful tool for estimating financial aid and calculating your estimated EFC and financial need is found at FinAid. Once you enter your student income, parent income, and estimated school costs, it will calculate an amount based on the US Department of Education EFC formulas.
When will be notified that I have been awarded a scholarship?
The Battle Creek Community Foundation will notify all applicants of scholarship awards throughout the scholarship process. Please refer to the Scholarship Status Board on our website. The Status Board will list scholarship awards by student’s last four digits of your Social Security Number in numberical order as they are made. Posting will begin in the spring and continue through late summer. It is recommended that students check the board frequently. Students will also receive text messages directing them to view the Status Board for their scholarship award.
Student scholarship awards will be listed by the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have questions, contact Joann Farnham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.962.2181.
If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I receive and how is it paid?
Most awards range from $250 to $2000, depending on the income available in each fund. A signed Terms and Conditions Form is required to receive payment. Checks are made payable to the educational institution indicated on the Terms and Conditions form and mailed directly to the educational institution. Checks are typically mailed in early August.
I need more information about Legacy Scholars. Where can I find details about this scholarship?
You can go to the Battle Creek CAN website.