Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

Apply for CFHZ Scholarships

Have questions?

Contact Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships via email.

  • Instructions and links to our applications can be found below.
  • Most students will use our general application to apply.  General applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on March 1. 
  • Our employer-related scholarships and a few of other scholarships we administer require separate applications. Read below for instructions and due dates.












Information You'll 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 Recommendaton 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.


Apply for Scholarships - General Application

Do not  begin your general 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 general scholarship application. 

General 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 Scholarships - General Application 


Apply for Scholarships - Employment-related, Separate Applications

Apply for Haworth Scholarships - Open to the Public!

Haworth Diversity Scholarship with Paid Internship: Requires a separate application, open to the public, for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university with sophomore or junior status at the time of the application due date and also a member of one of the listed minority groups: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander or Two or More Races. Area of study must match one of Haworth's core business functions: Business, Design, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Manufacturing, Marketing or Sales.

Click here to apply.

Click here to Visit Haworth's Student Opportunities webpage. 

Haworth Skilled Trades Scholarship: Requires a separate application, open to the public, for students enrolled/enrolling in a two-year skilled trade/vocational program in one of the following areas: Tool and Die, Machine Repair, Electrician, CNC Programming, Model Maker or Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning [HVAC] Technician

Click here to apply.

Click here to Visit Haworth's Student Opportunities webpage. 

Additional 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.

Share this page

CFHZ Scholarships By the Numbers

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

85 East 8th Street, Suite 110, Holland, MI 49423   (616) 396-6590   Email us