Scholarship Application Window Now Open!

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) will award up to $1 million in college scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year through its more than 80 funds. CFL began accepting applications on Dec. 1, with most due by February 15. Individual awards will range from $500-$10,000. Since 2000, CFL and its affiliate community foundations have awarded scholarships totaling more than $12 million to students across Kentucky.

CFL’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. Simmons College of Kentucky student Clanisha Coleman will earn her associate’s degree in arts in May 2016 and is working toward her bachelor’s in sociology, with expected graduation in spring 2017.  She plans to pursue a career in educational counseling. Thanks to the CFL’s auto-match function, Coleman is a recipient of both the Kute Family Scholarship and M.H. Tuggle Scholarship this year.

“I am proud to say that I am a first generation college student — I took the initiative to break the chain,” said Coleman. “Being privileged to not only receive one, but two scholarships makes me even more zealous to keep pushing forward in my educational goals. These scholarships ultimately played a major role in my future. I now know that the greatest award is not only the money, but the impact it leaves on a person’s overall character.”

“We like to say that the Community Foundation turns generosity into impact. These scholarships are a perfect example of that in action,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Clanisha 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 a new initiative to actively engage and mobilize Louisville’s African-American community in support of 55,000 Degrees – Greater Louisville’s Education Commitment, which seeks to add 15,000 additional post-secondary degrees to Louisville’s African-American community by 2020.
  • 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 girls pursue interests in addition to their formal education, such as extracurricular or life experience activities, travel or studying a foreign language.
  • Rubbertown-Shively Class Scholarship: The fund provides grants to help defray the education expenses of individuals who live within a two-mile radius of 4200 Camp Ground Road in Louisville, the local plant of E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
  • The Artist Bill Fischer Foundation for Working Artists Scholarship: This fund provides educational scholarships to working artists in Kentucky.
  • 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 502.855.6971.