FAQs

Scholarship Overview

Scholarships are an important part of our mission. We manage 34 scholarship funds and in 2012, we awarded over $630,000 in scholarship money which is helping many students reach their full potential in high schools, colleges and continuing education across the country.

We welcome applicants for the following 34 scholarships. Applications are typically due in early spring and decisions will be made by July 31. Review scholarships below to find a fit for you. Be sure to check application due dates and apply online.  

To apply for the 2015 Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship, click here.

Current Scholarship Recipient Resources

Apply for a Scholarship

  • Click here to Apply for a Scholarship
  • Please note that your application is not complete until you have a green check box.
  • If you are applying for a specific scholarship be sure to apply directly to that scholarship as well.
  • You will be notified by email if you received the award or if you were not chosen as the scholarship recipient. Also, you can log into your account to determine if the award has been made.

Francisco Serrano1

“After I receive my degree

in Building Construction Technology I plan on moving back to North Texas and working for a large concrete company. In the future, I plan on opening my own concrete company in McKinney. Thank you very much for your help. This scholarship will make so many things possible for me.” Francisco Serrano, Vent-A-Hood scholarship fund recipient attending Texas State Technical College

For Applicants: Where, When and How
 

When can I begin applying for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships? 
What is the cost of applying for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
When is the deadline for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
Where can I apply for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
Are only graduating seniors eligible to apply?
What if I am not a straight-A student?
What if I'm attending a vocational school?
Do you have scholarships for graduate or professional programs?

 


When can I begin applying for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
The majority of scholarships are available beginning January 15, 2017.

What is the cost of applying for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
There is no cost associated with applying for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships.

When is the deadline for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
There are three primary deadlines for 2017 scholarships:

    • March 1st
    • April 1st
    • May 1st

Please note: No documentation may be submitted after the application deadline, including any letters of recommendation or essays.

Where can I apply for Communities Foundation of Texas scholarships?
All of our scholarships, except the Excellence in AP Arts & Music Theory Award Scholarship, are available and we only accept applications through the online application portal. You can access our online application portal here or download a copy of the Excellence in AP Arts & Music Theory Award Scholarship here. Please note: You must complete the application in the format in which it is submitted (i.e. you cannot print the online application, complete it and send it to CFT).

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
Basic eligibility criteria are listed in the scholarship description(s) found in our online application portal. Thoroughly read each scholarship program's basic eligibility requirements to identify the scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Are only graduating seniors eligible to apply?
While many of our scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, others are open to students already enrolled in college or adults who want to go back to school.

What if I am not a straight-A student?
There are a variety of scholarships available, including ones for part-time students and students who are likely not to receive other scholarships because of their grades. These scholarships are looking for applicants that are likely to succeed in college and are approaching their studies with purpose and dedication. Read all scholarship descriptions carefully to determine which eligibility criteria you meet and what program(s) you can apply for.

What if I'm attending a vocational school?
Several of our scholarships support students who choose to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities other than traditional four-year colleges and Universities. Descriptions of scholarships can be found through our online application portal and should mention if a specific scholarship is available to students attending trade/vocational schools. All schools and programs must be accredited, licensed and approved by the scholarship committee..

Do you have scholarships for graduate or professional programs?
Yes. Currently, we have several scholarships available to graduate students or other professional programs. Descriptions of scholarships can be found through our online application portal and should mention if a specific scholarship is available to graduate students or adults pursuing professional programs.

 

 For New Scholarship Recipients

 

I was notified that I received a scholarship award. What happens next?
I have moved. How do I update my contact information?
If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award the following year?
I have received a renewable scholarship. Do I submit renewal paperwork online?
If I want to send a thank you note, where do I send it?

 

I was notified that I received a scholarship award. What happens next?
Prior to Receiving your Initial Payment: Please make sure that you have completed the following required documentation in order to initiate release of your first scholarship payment to your school:

  • Terms and Conditions: It is important that you keep a copy of this, as it will provide you with a list of documentation you will be required to submit to release any future payments to your school.
  • Registration: Please provide the most up to date and accurate information on your registration for to receive the reminders of materials that are due to renew payments and so that we may contact you if we have any issues process your school's payments. Any updates to your contact information or degree plan can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org.

After the first payment: If you have a multi-term scholarship (more than one payment) you will need to take action to activate future payments to your school. Generally, most students are required to submit the following documentation, but you will need to check your Terms and Conditions to verify any different or additional items:

  • Transcript: Students whose Terms and Conditions require specific GPA minimums will be required to submit a copy of their transcript at the end of each semester to initiate the upcoming semester's payment. CFT will accept screenshots from the student's online account as long as the student's name and/or student identification number are captured in the image. Transcripts can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org.
  • Schedule for Upcoming Semester: Students whos Terms and Conditions require specific semester hour enrollment minimums will be required to submit a copy of their upcoming semester's schedule at the end of each semester to initiate the upcoming semester's payment. If the student's transcript does not include this information, it can be submitted separately. CFT will accept screenshots from the student's online account as long as the student's name and/or student identification number are captured in the image. Schedules can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org.
  • Thank You Not, Progress Letter or Essay: Many scholarships require students to submit either a thank you note, a progress letter or an essay. If this is a requirement of your scholarship, you will find content requirements and deadlines for submission in your Terms and Conditions. These can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org and they will be forwarded to the donor of your scholarship fund on your behalf.

After the final payment: We would like to keep in touch with past recipients of CFT-administered scholarships! Send Abigail Hazlett an update so we can know how you are doing.

I have moved. How do I update my contact information?
You can send updates to your information to scholarships@cftexas.org at any time. Please make sure we have a current mailing address, home address, phone number and preferred email. This is very important because regular notifications and reminders will be sent out via email; we may also need to contact you directly by phone if we have any questions regarding your scholarship.

If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
No, it is against the community foundation's policies to pay scholarships directly to students. Should you be awarded, scholarship payments will be sent to your college financial aid office after you submit verification of admission and enrollment.

If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award the following year?
No. However, some scholarships allow prior recipients to reapply in competition with other applicants and some scholarships are renewable, provided that recipients meet renewal eligibility requirements. Should you be awarded, your award letter will inform you if your scholarship is renewable.

I have received a renewable scholarship, do I submit renewal paperwork online?
Yes, all students receiving a renewable scholarship will need to re-apply to the scholarship via our online application portal when the next year's scholarship cycle opens.

If I want to send a thank you note, where do I send it?
You may send them to scholarships@cftexas.org and we will forward your thank you note to the selection committee or donor as appropriate. Be sure to include the name of your scholarship in the note.

 For Current Scholarship Recipients

 

I was notified that I received a scholarship award. What happens next?
I have moved. How do I update my contact information?
If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award the following year?
I have received a renewable scholarship. Do I submit renewal paperwork online?
If I want to send a thank you note, where do I send it?

 

I was notified that I received a scholarship award. What happens next?
Prior to Receiving your Initial Payment: Please make sure that you have completed the following required documentation in order to initiate release of your first scholarship payment to your school:

  • Terms and Conditions: It is important that you keep a copy of this, as it will provide you with a list of documentation you will be required to submit to release any future payments to your school.
  • Registration: Please provide the most up to date and accurate information on your registration for to receive the reminders of materials that are due to renew payments and so that we may contact you if we have any issues process your school's payments. Any updates to your contact information or degree plan can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org.

After the first payment: If you have a multi-term scholarship (more than one payment) you will need to take action to activate future payments to your school. Generally, most students are required to submit the following documentation, but you will need to check your Terms and Conditions to verify any different or additional items:

  • Transcript: Students whose Terms and Conditions require specific GPA minimums will be required to submit a copy of their transcript at the end of each semester to initiate the upcoming semester's payment. CFT will accept screenshots from the student's online account as long as the student's name and/or student identification number are captured in the image. Transcripts can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org.
  • Schedule for Upcoming Semester: Students whos Terms and Conditions require specific semester hour enrollment minimums will be required to submit a copy of their upcoming semester's schedule at the end of each semester to initiate the upcoming semester's payment. If the student's transcript does not include this information, it can be submitted separately. CFT will accept screenshots from the student's online account as long as the student's name and/or student identification number are captured in the image. Schedules can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org.
  • Thank You Not, Progress Letter or Essay: Many scholarships require students to submit either a thank you note, a progress letter or an essay. If this is a requirement of your scholarship, you will find content requirements and deadlines for submission in your Terms and Conditions. These can be sent to scholarships@cftexas.org and they will be forwarded to the donor of your scholarship fund on your behalf.

After the final payment: We would like to keep in touch with past recipients of CFT-administered scholarships! Send Abigail Hazlett an update so we can know how you are doing.

I have moved. How do I update my contact information?
You can send updates to your information to scholarships@cftexas.org at any time. Please make sure we have a current mailing address, home address, phone number and preferred email. This is very important because regular notifications and reminders will be sent out via email; we may also need to contact you directly by phone if we have any questions regarding your scholarship.

If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
No, it is against the community foundation's policies to pay scholarships directly to students. Should you be awarded, scholarship payments will be sent to your college financial aid office after you submit verification of admission and enrollment.

If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award the following year?
No. However, some scholarships allow prior recipients to reapply in competition with other applicants and some scholarships are renewable, provided that recipients meet renewal eligibility requirements. Should you be awarded, your award letter will inform you if your scholarship is renewable.

I have received a renewable scholarship, do I submit renewal paperwork online?
Yes, all students receiving a renewable scholarship will need to re-apply to the scholarship via our online application portal when the next year's scholarship cycle opens.

If I want to send a thank you note, where do I send it?
You may send them to scholarships@cftexas.org and we will forward your thank you note to the selection committee or donor as appropriate. Be sure to include the name of your scholarship in the note.

Katie KuehlKatie Kuehl
Donor Services Associate

kkuehl@cftexas.org

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