How to Apply for Scholarships

How to Apply

You will not be able to change responses or upload additional information after a scholarship deadline has passed.

1. Gather required materials
Here’s what you may need:

  • FAFSA Electronic Student Aid Report (Must be in PDF format.)
  • School transcript – high school and/or college
  • Résumé
  • References – Names and email addresses of those who will write letters of recommendation for you.  No relatives can be used. Check the specific scholarship to see if specific people need to be asked.
  • Email Account

2. Set up your Student Account

3. Fill out the General Application

  • Once you’ve set up your student account, please complete the online General Application and submit the required documents.
  • Answer all questions carefully and thoroughly.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do not upload documents directly from a wesite or password protected area.  Save as a .pdf first.

4. Apply for individual scholarships

  • After submitting the General Application, click on View Opportunities to review the scholarships available. This does not mean that you are qualified to apply for every scholarship listed.
  • Review the criteria for each scholarship to ensure you qualify to apply.
  • Follow the prompts to apply for each scholarship. Answer the additional questions required for each scholarship.

5. Manage references and applications

  • Review your online student account periodically to check the status of your applications and manage your references.
  • References are emailed instructions on how to upload reference letters. Ask your reference to check their spam folder for the email instructions. 
  • Click Manage References to check for uploaded reference letters. To remind your references, click Resend to send a second email to the references with instructions. 
  • An application is not complete until all materials are submitted. 

6. Selections and Awards

  • The selection process varies by scholarship. One scholarship may require finalists to participate in an interview if needed.
  • Scholarship applicants will be notified by email regarding scholarship decisions. If you do not receive a notification, check the status of your application on your online student account.

Ready to apply? Click here to visit and get started!

Questions? Please contact Susan Barnes at 910-483-4449 or

Additional Scholarships:
F.C.H.R.C./Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship application – Deadline for this scholarship TBD.  All information about the scholarship can be found on the application (link below). It does not follow the timeline for the other scholarships offered by Cumberland Community Foundation.

 *For more information about this scholarship see your guidance counselor.