How to apply for a scholarship

Search TFEC scholarships and apply online

TFEC uses an online application process for most of our scholarships. Links to the applications are available on this site, along with individual scholarship criteria for each scholarship opportunity. See the step-by-step instructions below to get started.

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Step-by-step application instructions

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to apply using the online application system.

Application hints and additional information

Deadlines vary for each scholarship, but most occur in the spring (February-April). Be sure to double check each opportunity you apply for to be sure all materials are received on time.

Click here to review application hints and additional information.

Required materials

Each scholarship application has required supplemental materials such as reference letters or essays. Please review the scholarship summary carefully for each scholarship you apply for to ensure that your application is complete. If it is not complete, it will not be considered.

Most applications require a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). This is sent to you after you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAR must contain the Expected Family Contribution number (EFC), so please ensure that the copy you send has this number clearly indicated on it; this allows the committee to fully evaluate your financial need. It is important for you to complete the FAFSA, as it will assist in matching you with additional resources for financial aid. This application can be completed online at as early as October 1 of the year before you plan to attend college. If you have trouble obtaining your SAR, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

All applications are returned to The Foundation for Enhancing Communities office, unless otherwise specified for the individual scholarship.

Renewable scholarships

Most TFEC scholarships are one-time-only awards, and the student receives the scholarship over one academic year. A few TFEC scholarships are automatically renewable and are paid over several academic years provided the student meets specific criteria detailed in their award letter. Other scholarships require a student to reapply to be considered for funding each year.

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