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.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The DeKalb County 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be announced on or about March 26, 2016.

2016 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, March 2, 2016. A wide range of scholarships are available for which you apply by submitting just one application.

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.

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.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

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.

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