Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

Apply for General CFHZ Scholarships

Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on March 1.

Information You Will Need

  1. CFHZ will contact your school's counseling department for your transcript, but you will need to know your highest composite SAT or ACT score and your cumulative GPA through the first semester (or first trimester) of your senior year. If you are not a graduating high school senior, contact for instructions regarding your transcript.
  2. Your senior year schedule of classes or current college classes
  3. A list of your extra-curricular school activities over the last four years
  4. A list of your community and/or faith-based activities over the last four years
  5. A list of the leadership positions you have held over the last four years
  6. A list of honors/awards you have received over the last four years
  7. Your 300 word or less answer to our standard essay question: What are your future goals and how have your high school, college,  personal experiences shaped these goals?
  8. Your 300 word or less answers to additional essay questions, if applicable (look at the criteria for each scholarship)
  9. Names and work email addresses of two recommendation providers. Only one recommendation may be from a school counselor or teacher. Recommendations shall be made through the online form that will be emailed to your recommendation providers  when you submit your application. Letters of recommendation that are mailed or emailed to the Foundation will not be accepted. Recommendations shall not come from your relatives. Certain scholarships require recommendations to come from specific adults (look at the criteria for each scholarship). Contact with questions about the recommendation process.
  10. A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) containing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to upload in pdf, doc, or docx format. You will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to get your SAR.
  11. The financial aid award letter from the school you plan to attend and any other financial aid notifications 

Our Recommendation Process

Individuals selected to provide recommendations will be contacted directly via email when the student submits the general scholarship application. A link to our online recommendation form will be provided. Only the online form will be accepted. Conversely, letters of recommendation mailed or emailed to the Foundation will not be accepted.  Recommendations are due on March 5.

The recommendation rules above pertain to our general scholarships. If you are applying for a scholarship that requires a separate application, follow the rules found on that application. 

 If you want to learn more about the recommendation process, contact Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships via email.

Have questions?

Contact Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships via email.


High school seniors and current college students, do not  begin your application until your first semester (or first trimester) grades and updated cumulative grade point average are available.   Depending on your school's schedule, you might need to wait until the first week of February to receive this information and then begin your scholarship application. 

Unless otherwise noted, scholarship applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on March 1 and must be submitted online. No other electronic or paper submissions will be accepted.


apply for general CFHZ scholarships

Click  HERE for information regarding the following scholarships requiring a separate application:

  • Jayne Britt Parish Nursing Education Fund Scholarship
  • Careerline Tech Center Scholarships
  • Cathy Geerlings Indomitable Spirit Scholarship
  • Lillian Mulder Dalman Scholarship for Resthaven Employees
  • Freedom Village Scholarships, The Haworth Scholarships
  • Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship
  • Integrated Fabric Resources, Inc. Employee Scholarship
  • Angie Kaameraad Nursing Scholarship
  • Karen and Larry Mulder Scholarship

Additional Application Guidelines

  1. Immediate family members of Community Foundation staff, board of trustees, or scholarship selection committee members are not eligible to receive grants from a Section 4966 scholarship fund. An immediate family member is defined as a parent; sibling; child by blood, adoption, or marriage; spouse; grandparent or grandchild.
  2. The transcript information you provide regarding your GPA, test score(s), rank and classes will be verified with your school. Falsification of information shall result in your disqualification from scholarship consideration.
  3. CFHZ will contact award winners at the home address provided and announce these winners at area high school award ceremonies.
  4. Winners must return acceptance paperwork as specified by CFHZ.
  5.  Scholarships are intended for use starting in the fall semester of the year during which they are announced. Scholarship acceptance may be delayed until December 31 with notification to CFHZ prior to the commencement of the fall semester. Unaccepted scholarships shall be forfeited after the December 31 deadline except as approved by CFHZ.

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CFHZ Scholarships By the Numbers

  • 2017 Active Scholarship Funds: 83
  • 2017 Scholarship Dollars Awarded: $658,000
  • 2017 Number of Scholarship Awards Given: 260

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