Apply for over 30 awards with ONE application!

We are pleased to provide an online scholarship application platform that helps applicants apply for a variety of awards with a single submission. 

We hold many types of scholarship funds, such as one that gives priority to family members and associates of Asama Coldwater Michigan.  And we support applications and on behalf of local organizations like Southern Michigan Bank & Trust.  Click the link below to view a complete list of scholarships available through our online application!


The Community Foundation is privileged to administer scholarship funds on behalf of the communities we serve. The Community Foundation makes grants to individuals in the form of scholarships that qualify as a charitable activity and provide income to scholarship recipients that is non-taxable. To meet those objectives, scholarships are awarded to qualified individuals who are candidates for a degree at an eligible educational institution and agree to use the scholarship or fellowship to pay qualified education expenses.

Qualified education expenses include tuition and fees; and course-related expenses such as books, supplies, and equipment. Room and board, travel, research, clerical help, and non-required equipment are not qualified education expenses, and scholarship funds used for those purposes may be considered taxable income for the recipient.

We hold scholarships that assist graduating high school seniors with the cost of obtaining two-year and four-year degrees as well as trade schools and certificate programs. There are also scholarships available for those already in undergraduate programs (currently none of our scholarships allow assistance with graduate degrees).  Scholarship eligibility and selection criteria vary a great deal, so anyone who is working to obtain higher education should apply.

Please carefully read the Instructions for Applying below and click the link for more information on applying for scholarships.  If you still have questions, you can contact us via the phone number or email given in the instruction sheet.

Scholarship applications are accepted according to the following schedule:

Begin Accepting Applications
Deadline to submit your application
Decision Date
Date awards will be announced
Breakfast Award Ceremony
December 1, 2017
March 2, 2018
April 30, 2018
May 4, 2018
May 19, 2018



PLEASE READ the How to Apply Instructions (link below) completely before submitting any scholarship applications. Applications are to be submitted electronically as noted in the instructions. We cannot accept paper copies.

An expression of interest or the provision of an application should not be considered a guarantee of funding. All scholarship requests go through a complete review process before any funding decision is made.

**Application submission deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM.**





  • Please make sure to read the instructions thoroughly and give us a call if you have any questions on any of the steps listed in the instructions. The link to the online application is listed in these instructions.

  • Students: This form must be uploaded to the online software when prompted. Please make sure to allow ample time to receive the recommendation back from your recommendor to submit by March 2, 2018.

  • Please use this list for reference for the additional attachments you will need. Please note some of our scholarship require more than one attachment, so read the list carefully as you select those you think apply to you.

  • Filling out the FAFSA is a very important step of applying for colleges, whether you believe you will qualify for financial aid or not. All the Branch County Community Foundation scholarships require a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Click on the link for myths about Financial Aid, and give us a call or send us an e-mail if you have any questions.

  • Starting with the 2017­–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), the following changes have been put in place: Students are now able to submit a FAFSA® earlier and Students now report earlier income information.

  • You may use this resume sample as a guide for what our reviewers look for in a resume. Please make sure to include your name, the personal statement with the suggestions listed in sample copy, any activities in school and out in the community.


We can help!

Step 1: Email: or Call: 517-278-4517

Step 2: Set up an appointment to come into the Community Foundation. Located at 2 W Chicago St. Suite E-1; Coldwater, MI (Located in the Lower level of the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust Conference Center)

Step 3: Be prepared. Bring all documents that you require scanned. Please have documents ready and organized.

Step 4: We will happily provide you with a flash drive with your scanned documents saved to attach to the application when prompted.



Once applicants have been determined to be eligible for one or more awards, our scholarship committees review applications to determine which applicants best meet the selection criteria for each scholarship. 

Committee members review applications to find applicants who have demonstrated they have the potential to be successful in college and in the selected course of study.  Two major success indicators are career exploration or experience and paid employment and/or volunteer service in the chosen course of study or career area the applicant intends to pursue.  Applicants who have related career and technical education (such as attending the Branch Area Career Center), volunteer or paid experience in a job related to that field (such as a summer job at a veterinary clinic for those who want to become vets), or engaged in other career exploration approaches often receive priority in the highly competitive selection process.

Some scholarship funds seek to give priority to applicant’s who require financial assistance in order to access post-secondary education.  Although there are many factors in awarding financial-based scholarships, we generally give priority to applicants whose EFC numbers are between 4000 and 9000.