CFL Scholarship Application Window is Open!

The Community Foundation of Louisville will award over $1 million in college scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year through its more than 80 funds. The Community Foundation began accepting applications on Dec. 19, with most due by March 15. Individual awards will range from $500-$10,000. Since 2000, the Community Foundation and its affiliate community foundations have awarded scholarships totaling more than $13 million to students across Kentucky.

The Community Foundation’s online system uses applicants’ general information to “auto-match” them to potential scholarship options. The applicant then answers a few additional questions to apply for the matched scholarship opportunities.  There are scholarship opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students.

Blake Garvin who received the Dunaway Scholarship expressed his gratitude for being selected as a recipient for the 2016-2017 academic school year, he says “This scholarship has eased the burden on my parents, who are going to be supporting three children through college this year.” Receiving the Dunaway Scholarship “will allow me to focus on what is truly important to me in college:  my education.  Thank you for this wonderful opportunity that will aide me for the rest of my life”.

“We like to say that the Community Foundation is a force for good. These scholarships are a perfect example of our efforts to help others achieve their potential,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Blake is just the type of student these scholarships are intended to help.”

The Community Foundation scholarship program’s diverse range of educational opportunities include:

  • 15,000 Degrees Scholarship: This fund is part of an initiative to actively engage and mobilize Louisville’s African-American community in support of 55,000 Degrees – scholarships are awarded to high school graduates, current college students and those have earned college credits and are seeking to return to complete their degree.
  • Brian Jennemann Memorial Scholarship: Created in memory of an emergency medical technician (EMT) with Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, this award goes to individuals who have been accepted into a certified paramedic training program.
  • HL Lyons III Memorial Scholarship: This fund provides assistance to help defray expenses for vocational and/or technical post-secondary educational courses or other training that would help the recipient attain, sustain or expand their employability by learning new technical skills or trades.
  • Darcy Blair Memorial Scholarship: Created in memory of a physician, this award helps females pursue interests in addition to their formal education, such as extracurricular or life experience activities, travel or studying a foreign language.
  • Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns, Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Dr. Marian Kincaid Warns to help defray the law school expenses of students currently enrolled at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville that have completed at least one year of full-time coursework.
  • Women’s Second Chance Scholarship Fund: This fund was established by Ruth Ann Tillman to provide assistance, through financial grants and mentoring, to women age 25 to 40 years who have the determination and discipline to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

For a complete list of available scholarship opportunities and to create an account and begin an application, visit  For more information, contact Ebony O’Rea at 502.855.6971 or [email protected].

A scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville can be established with a minimum gift of $25,000. Donors can create their funds in memory of a loved one, to support educational opportunities in general, or to fund awards for a specific educational institution or a course of study. For more information on establishing a scholarship fund, contact Meredith Zahirovic, Stewardship Officer, at 502.855.6942 or [email protected].