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Community Foundation DeKalb County awards scholarships each year thanks to the generosity of donors who understand that education is important for a rewarding and successful life. We award about $150,000 from scholarship funds each year, making it possible to recognize the accomplishments of as many students as possible.

Community Foundation scholarships are highly competitive. Scholarship criteria vary based on a donor’s wishes, IRS regulations, stipulations of the Community Foundation as well as coordination with high schools and post-high school educational institutions. Applicants may be scored on non-exclusive categories such as GPA, SAT and ACT scores, school courses, school activities, community service, financial need, work/internship/job shadowing experiences and an essay.

Most Community Foundation scholarships support full-time undergraduate study toward a Bachelor’s degree for a current-year high school graduate. A limited number of scholarships are available for work toward an Associate or technical degree.

Community Foundation scholarship recipients are to limit use of their scholarship funds for IRS qualified educational expenses (i.e. only tuition, fees, and book costs – Click here to access the IRS website for more information). Recipients may not “bank” scholarship funds for future use, or use beyond that which they were awarded.

All applicant information is maintained confidential in order to protect their privacy.

Content on this web-site is intended to be informational only; actual policy may be different.

Scholarships for 2018 Graduating High School Seniors

This website contains application information and forms for scholarships available from several sources. Some of the scholarships are administered and awarded by the Community Foundation of DeKalb County; others are administered and awarded by other community organizations. Each scholarship is awarded based on criteria suggested by the donor or the community organization that sponsors the award.

Scholarship application forms and procedures vary depending on the award’s donor or sponsor. Please carefully review the information so that you take advantage of all the opportunities that are available.

Click on this Apply Now button to be directed to our scholarship program logon page. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. A wide range of scholarships are available for which you apply by submitting just one application.

Click here for information on scholarships from local organizations, for which you apply by submitting individual applications. Each scholarship has its own specific requirements.

Click here ( for information on the Questa Scholars Program. The program provides low-cost college loans of which up to 50% is forgiven you meet specific academic and residency requirements.

Scholarships for Current and Non-Traditional* College Students

*You are a non-traditional college student if you are beginning, or began, your college career in a year other than the year you graduated from high school or if you are returning to college after a break in continuous enrollment.

Click here for information on scholarship opportunities for current college students and non-traditional college students.

Scholarship applications are evaluated using established areas of measurement. Judging criteria are shown in the following rubrics. Only a few of our scholarships require an interview. We will contact you if you are selected as a finalist for a scholarship that requires an interview. Click on link to see details.

Application and Essay Score Rubric

Scholarship Eligibility Policy

Approved by the Board of Directors August 17, 2017

To assure the public that the Community Foundation of DeKalb County maintains impartiality when awarding educational scholarships, the following individuals and their relatives* are not considered eligible for scholarships provided by the foundation:

  • Foundation directors, officers, and employees
  • Foundation scholarship committee members

This restriction applies to directors, officers, employees and scholarship committee members for the year scholarships are awarded and for two years after s/he is no longer connected with the foundation in a volunteer or paid position.

This restriction also applies to the relatives* of donors or organizations, including a corporation, partnership or trust, that makes a substantial contribution of 33 1/3% or more of a scholarship fund’s value to a scholarship fund to which the relative is connected.

*Relatives are defined as: Spouse, lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, great grandchildren whether by whole or half blood, step-children, step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren) and their spouses, brothers and sisters (whether by whole or half-blood) and their spouses, as well as ancestors. Other relatives (i.e. nephew, niece, etc.) are eligible to receive scholarships provided by the foundation.

Document Retention of Scholarship Applications

  • Scholarship applications for students who receive awards are filed electronically at the community foundation office and are retained for seven years after the scholarship is awarded.
  • Electronic copies of application files for students who do not receive awards are retained for three years after the year of application.
  • Paper copies of scholarship applications and score sheets completed by community foundation screening, selection, and interview committee members are returned to the foundation staff for destruction.


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