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 CFL?

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, some scholarships are intended as a one-time award. To check on the renewability status, you may visit our scholarships page.

When and how do I apply?

  • The 2021 Vogt Educational & Leadership Scholarship Application features one scholarship and is currently closed.
  • The Louisville Artisans Guild Art Scholarship Application features one scholarship that is currently closed.
  • The General Scholarship Application features 60-plus scholarships. You will need to complete the application just one time to ensure you are matched to all scholarships you are eligible to receive. The application is currently closed.

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.

Can I receive multiple scholarships?

Yes. Although highly competitive with a record number of applications last year, it is possible to receive multiple scholarships. 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?

For most occasions, yes, please provide an official transcript. However, if an official transcript is not obtainable, please contact Emory Williamson at

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

Yes. You’ll need to login to your account and, on the “General Information” page, state that you are a “Renewal Applicant.” Then proceed to complete the remaining sections of the application.

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

No. Provide the acceptance letter of the school you are most likely to attend. If you would like to provide information on other schools you have been accepted to attend, you may list that information in the optional essay of the “Essays” section within your application.

Questions about our scholarship program?

Naomi Davis
Naomi Davis
Scholarship Manager
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