As students return to the classroom after the Christmas holidays, many high school seniors are receiving acceptance letters from their college of choice, while others are still in the process of applying. Yes, scholarships are still available for the Class of 2022. And, all aren’t necessarily for four-year universities.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT), a charitable organization connecting generosity with need in 40 Middle Tennessee counties and beyond, has announced its annual scholarship application process is now open and invites students to apply by Feb. 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time, at www.cfmt.org/scholarships.
Whether a student is studying law or horticulture, aviation or cosmetology, planning a career in criminal justice or teaching, or studying at a technical school or four-year university, The Community Foundation’s scholarship program supports individuals from various backgrounds and communities seeking funding for educational opportunities.
Scholarships also are available for students in Middle Tennessee who are legally blind or are survivors of cancer.
The Foundation administers more than 150 scholarship funds, established by individuals, companies and civic groups in 40 Middle Tennessee counties as well as three counties in Kentucky. Students may be eligible for multiple scholarships and need only to submit one application.
“There are many wonderful ways to give back, but seeing members of our community give to ensure students across Middle Tennessee can access education is, in my opinion, one of the best,” said Kelly Pietkiewicz, CFMT’s Scholarship Coordinator. “Education is the true key to so many successes in life, and our donors are making it possible for students from all walks of life.”
The deadline for scholarship applications is several weeks earlier than in previous years.
“Just as we pride ourselves in listening to and executing our donors’ wishes, we also value student and counselor feedback,” Pietkiewicz said. “In taking all of these things into consideration, we are excited to move our application timeline up to better parallel national scholarships and financial aid processes. By closing the application on Feb. 1, we will be able to get students’ decisions on their applications prior to the National College Decision deadline of May 1 so they can factor their awards into their educational decisions.”
In 2021, a total of $745,000 was awarded from The Community Foundation’s scholarship funds. The students are attending 151 unique colleges and universities from 31 states, with three international students from Canada.
For a complete list of scholarships and the online application, visit The Community Foundation’s website at www.cfmt.org/scholarships. Applicants will be notified of results in mid-April.
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect the intentions and goals of their charitable endeavors. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.