Welcome! You'll use this site to apply for competitive grants, teacher mini-grants, and scholarships. 

The following applications will open in the coming months:

  • Adult Student Applications: Adult student scholarships are offered on a rolling basis to Muskegon County residents (or residents of a Muskegon-based school district) who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their post-secondary education. Adult students are often (but not always) prospective undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. Adult students may also have other identifying criteria, such as full-time employment, parenthood, care of elderly parents, or prior military service.   
  • Committee Grants: Grantmaking committees are comprised of community stakeholders, volunteers in our community whose personal passions align with the focus area. Grantmaking committees have specifically stated priorities and recommend grants from specific funds developed and reserved for that exclusive purpose. Committee grants will open on August 1, 2021. Click here for information.
  • Community Foundation for Mason County Competitive Grants: The next grant round is in the fall of 2021. Applications will open August 2021.
  • Strategic Leadership Grants: In 2019, the Community Foundation began a strategic planning process to guide where we could make the largest impact with our investments of grant dollars, community engagement, and advocacy. The process involved surveying our stakeholders, community leaders, donors, trustees, volunteers, and staff to determine the areas of focus. Strategic Leadership Grants will support projects and programs related to education; community and economic development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strategic Grants will open again in the spring of 2022 - stay tuned!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Grant Application Assistance: Jocelyn Hines, Program Officer: 231-332-4118, jocelyn@muskegonfoundation.org 

Scholarship Assistance: Dana Scott, Scholarship Program Coordinator: 231-332-4104, dana@muskegonfoundation.org

Technical Assistance: support@submittable.com 

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Adult student scholarships are offered on a rolling basis to Muskegon County residents only (or residents of a Muskegon-based school district) who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their post-secondary education.  Adult students are often (but not always) prospective undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older. Adult students may also have other identifying criteria, such as full-time employment, parenthood, care of elderly parents, or prior military service. We do not currently have the resources to support those pursuing education beyond a bachelor's degree. If you meet this criteria, please read on!

This application serves adult students who are residents of Muskegon County only.  Your completed application may be submitted in three easy steps: 

1. Complete this application electronically and submit by clicking the "Submit My Data" button on the Finish screen. You will receive a confirmation via email that your application was submitted successfully. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. 

2. If you are currently enrolled in a degree or credential-seeking program, request an official transcript. You may submit it electronically to dana@muskegonfoundation.org, or mail the transcript to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440.

3. Provide financial information: If you have completed your FAFSA, please provide the first page of your (SAR) Student Aid Report. Email to dana@muskegonfoundation.org, or mail to the Community Foundation at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440. Please notify the Foundation if you are unable to complete your FAFSA. 

It is very important to review your application before clicking the submit button. Our Scholarship Committee will use this information when they make decisions, so please make sure it is complete and accurate. If you do not click the "Submit" button, your application will not be received by the Foundation and you will not be considered for a scholarship. When filling out narrative questions, you are limited to the space allowable on the printed version. Please refer to word limits, but also please make sure that nothing is cut-off on the printed version. Anything not visible will not be read. Please remember to review the application checklist at the top of this page before submitting your application. If you have any questions or need assistance with the scholarship application process, please contact Dana Scott, Scholarship Coordinator at dana@muskegonfoundation.org or (231) 332-4104.

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU CONTINUE.  This application serves the scholarship programs of Muskegon and Mason Counties located in Michigan only. Eligible students must be residents of these counties or plan to graduate from districts located within these counties. Do not complete this application if you are using the Muskegon Promise but please apply when you are moving on to a four year college or university. Your completed application may be submitted in three easy steps:

1.  Complete this application electronically and submit (by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2022) by clicking the "Submit My Data" button on the Finish screen.  You will receive confirmation via email that your application was submitted successfully.

2.  Request an official transcript showing cumulative GPA, rank in class, and SAT scores. High school students can submit a transcript using Parchment if available at your school, and college students can have the records office send the transcript electronically to dana@muskegonfoundation.org. Also, you may mail the transcript to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 by February 1, 2022. If you are dual enrolled, please submit your college transcript as well.  If you are a current college student, a transcript from the college is the only transcript required.

3.  Provide financial information:  If you have completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa, please provide your Student Aid Report (SAR).  Login to FAFSA, view Student Aid Report - there should be an option to email it to me as a pdf.  Email to dana@muskegonfoundation.org, or mail to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon, MI 49440 by February 1, 2022. Please email dana at dana@muskegonfoundation.org if you are unable to complete your FAFSA or want to be considered for merit-only scholarships.

It is very important to review your application before clicking the submit button. Our Scholarship Committee will use this information when they make decisions, so please make sure it is complete and accurate. If you do not click the "Submit" button, your application will not be received by the Foundation and you will not be considered for a scholarship.  

When filling out narrative questions, you are limited to the space allowable on the printed version. Please refer to word limits, but also please make sure that nothing is cut-off on the printed version. Anything not visible will not be read.

Please remember to review the application checklist at the top of this page before submitting your application.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the scholarship application process, please contact Dana Scott, Scholarship Coordinator for Muskegon and Mason Counties at the Community Foundation at dana@muskegonfoundation.org or (231) 332-4104.

Community Foundation for Muskegon County