Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
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Scholarships and Application Instructions

The Manistee County Community Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2024-25 academic year. The application deadline is March 1, 2024. 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 in late spring, generally at high school award ceremonies.

Applicants must be a graduating senior at a Manistee County high school, a graduating senior at an Early/Middle College Program who originated from a Manistee County high school, or a homeschooled student who resides in Manistee County, with certain exceptions. Current college students who reside in Manistee County, or who graduated from a Manistee County high school, may be eligible and should contact the Foundation office prior to beginning an application. 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.


APPLY HERE (link opens on January 1, 2024). 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. For more helpful tips and information about the application process, please review our 2024 Scholarship Application Guide. You can also view a sample application HERE. Please note that this application uses logic and not all questions in the sample will apply to you.