Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
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Scholarships and Application Instructions

The Manistee County Community Foundation 2020 scholarship application cycle for the 2020/21 academic year will open on January 1, 2020. Students apply using an online Common Scholarship Application form; a single form allows applicants to be considered for all Foundation scholarships for which they may be eligible. Scholarship awards will be announced at high school award ceremonies.

Applicants must be a graduating senior at a Manistee County high school or a graduating senior at an Early/Middle College Program who originated from a Manistee County high school. Current college students who reside in Manistee County or originated from a Manistee County high school should contact the Foundation office prior to beginning an application to inquire about their eligibility. Manistee County Community Foundation staff and their family members are not eligible to apply. Advisory committee members involved in the scholarship selection process, and their immediate family members, are not eligible to receive a scholarship from that fund. In addition, donors and related parties are not eligible to receive a scholarship from funds which they established. Please contact the Foundation office if you have questions about your eligibility.

Please note that there may be additional application requirements for some scholarships. Review the List of Scholarship Funds to learn more about eligibility criteria and application requirements, which vary by fund. 

Application Instructions

APPLY HERE (link opens on January 1, 2020). You will be able to preview the application. Note:  You will be asked to create an account through SmarterSelect prior to beginning your application.  This will enable you to save your work along the way and complete the application in more than one session as needed.

Completed applications may be submitted in three easy steps:

1. Complete the 2020 Manistee County Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application Form electronically via the Foundation’s website and submit it by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2020. You will receive confirmation via email if your application was submitted successfully. Please be sure to check your Spam/Junk Mail folder.

2. As part of your application, upload the page from your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) that lists your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). SAMPLE HERE. Alternatively, you may mail this page to the Manistee County Community Foundation at 395 Third St. Manistee, MI 49660 by March 1, 2020. This is required to be eligible for scholarships that require demonstration of financial need (the majority of our scholarships). You must contact the Foundation prior to March 1, 2020 if you are unable to upload this file prior to application deadline.

3. Request an official transcript showing cumulative GPA, rank in class, and SAT scores from your Guidance Counselor and have it mailed to the Manistee County Community Foundation at 395 Third St. Manistee, MI 49660 by March 1, 2020. You may also have your Guidance Counselor email the transcript to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are dual-enrolled, please submit your college transcript as well. If you are a college student a transcript from the college is the only transcript required.

Remember to save often as you complete your application. The "Save" button is located at the bottom of every page. It is very important to verify and proofread your application before clicking the "Submit" button. Our Scholarship Committees will use this information when they make decisions so please make sure it is complete and accurate. If you do not click the "Submit" button your application will not be received by the Foundation and you will not be considered for a scholarship.