Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Community Foundation of Louisville's scholarship program.

We are excited to offer numerous opportunities for students seeking to offset costs of higher education.

We know you may have questions regarding scholarships. Below we have provided several questions and answers to assist you.

General Questions

Who can apply for scholarships through the Community Foundation of Louisville?

Students attending a postsecondary institution (two-year and four-year colleges, universities, and trade/vocational schools) for the upcoming academic year.

How do I know if I am eligible for a scholarship?

Below you can download scholarship information in the language of your choice:

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Are scholarships renewable?

Yes, many of our scholarships are renewable. However, a renewable scholarship is not necessarily guaranteed as the recipient must continue to meet the eligibility
requirements (i.e. maintaining a certain GPA) from one year to the next. To check on the renewability status, you may visit our scholarships page.

When and how do I apply?

  • The Vogt Educational & Leadership Scholarship features a one-time award of $12,000 and the application period is open from October 17 – November 18, 2022.
  • The Louisville Artisans Guild Art Scholarship features a one-time award of $2,000 and the application period is open from November 14, 2022 – February 15, 2023.
  • The General Scholarship features 70-plus scholarships. You will need to complete the application just one time to ensure you are matched to all the scholarships you are eligible to receive. The application period is open from December 12, 2022 – March 31, 2023.

Click here to complete a scholarship application.

I am an international student. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship through CFL?

Yes. Many of our scholarships are open to international students.

I do not live in Kentucky. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship through CFL?

Yes. Though the majority of our scholarships award students from Kentucky, some are open to students from other states – and countries – as well.

Can I use a scholarship to pay for various expenses?

Each scholarship has its own specifications, but the majority limit funds to tuition, books, and academic fees. Some scholarships allow funds to be used for other items such as materials purchased through the university or housing provided by the university.

All funds are mailed directly to the institution.

Can I receive multiple scholarships?

Yes. Our scholarship awards range from $500 to $20,000.

If I am a scholarship recipient, when may I use my scholarship award?

You may use your award starting in the fall when funds are distributed to your institution for the upcoming academic year.

Am I eligible to receive a scholarship if I plan to attend an out-of-state college/university?

Yes. The only institutions not eligible to receive scholarship funds are for-profit schools.

Application/Awards Questions

If I apply early, will it help my chances of receiving a scholarship?

No. Applying early will not boost your chances of receiving a scholarship. However, we strongly suggest not waiting until the last minute to complete your application.

Do I need to provide an official transcript?

An official print transcript is not needed, however, we do ask for a PDF version of your transcript. We do not accept screenshots or emails of transcripts at this time.

I’m a previous recipient of a scholarship from the Community Foundation of Louisville. Do I still need to apply?

Yes, you will need to complete a new application if you would like to be considered for new scholarships that you have not previously received.

If you want to renew a current scholarship, you will be contacted in the early Spring with steps on how to renew your scholarship.

I have been accepted to several schools. Do I need to provide ALL of my letters of acceptance or proof of enrollment?

No. Please provide the acceptance letter of the school you are most likely to attend.

For additional assistance, text the word SCHOLARSHIPS to 502.576.3736 to ask questions and receive updates about scholarship applications.

Questions about our scholarship program?

Michael Pfaff
Michael Pfaff
Senior Manager, Grants Administration
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Ellie Smith
Ellie Smith
Ellie Smith
Scholarship Program Coordinator
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