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. Donors’ gifts help make post-high school education affordable for many students.

Click Here learn about our donors and the people who inspired the scholarship awards.

All applicant information is kept confidential to protect your privacy.


  • 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.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The DeKalb County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar is Nicholas Miller from Eastside High School.

Information for the 2018 DeKalb County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be posted in the summer of 2017.

2017 Scholarships for 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 site, where you will be able to create an account and conduct the application process. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 22, 2017. A wide range of scholarships are available for which you apply by submitting just one application. For a summary by school, select your school below:

Click here for information on scholarships for which you apply by submitting individual applications. Each scholarship has its own specific requirements. Some require a letter of recommendation, others require a specific essay, and some have a separate application.

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.
Application and Essay Score Rubric

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.

DeKalb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

  • Click here to learn if you are eligible for the award and to access application forms. Deadline is April 3, 2017.

DeKalb Community Scholarship

DeKalb County residents are eligible for the scholarship if they have obtained a GED or high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, or if they graduated from high school prior to 2017.

The scholarship is intended for a student pursuing a work skills certification or Associate’s Degree program. The student may be newly or currently enrolled in one of the programs. Also eligible are students returning to complete a program after a break in enrollment.

The recipient of this scholarship may choose any certificate program or 2-year degree from an accredited school. The DeKalb Community Scholarship becomes available for the Fall 2017 semester.

Applications should be submitted online or on paper to the Community Foundation of DeKalb County by June 15, 2017.