Check out our answers to some FAQs about our scholarship programs. Of course, give us a call if we don't answer your question below.

Am I eligible to apply?

Each scholarship program has specific criteria that applicants must meet, so make sure to read the criteria of each program carefully.

May I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes, but be sure to read the criteria and guidelines of each program before applying. If applying for both the Smith and the Craig scholarships, you do not need to complete two separate applications. Just select the box in the certification section of each application indicating you would like to be considered for both scholarships.

Is there a cost to apply for a scholarship?

No, there is no charge to apply.

How do I apply?

All applications are listed on our website. Please fully complete the application and either mail the application or drop it off at our office at 1340 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901.

Will the scholarship awards cover the entire cost of my college education?

No. Scholarship awards are intended to provide only partial support. Students should investigate additional sources of financial aid such as those listed in financial aid offices of high schools, colleges, and public libraries. High school and college counselors can also provide information for federal financial aid.

Where can I attend school with these scholarships?

Most of the scholarships are for schools in the United States.

Are the scholarship awards taxable?

Generally, scholarships used for educational costs such as tuition, fees, books, and supplies are not taxable. However, any portion of the scholarship used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses may be taxable. Please be sure to consult a tax professional for further information.

Will the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley release any of the personal information that I submit?

All information received is confidential and will only be reviewed by the appropriate scholarship review committee members who agree to maintain confidentiality.

Does the Community Foundation make the decisions regarding who receives scholarships?

Each scholarship has its own advisory committee that reviews applications and makes recommendations for scholarship recipients to the Community Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Am I required to repay scholarship money?

No. Scholarships are charitable grants.

When will I be notified of the decision?

Please refer to the application for the scholarship to which you are applying.

If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?

If the scholarship is a one-time scholarship, you will not receive an award the following year. For renewable scholarships, you must have your transcript sent to the Community Foundation at the end of each academic year to verify maintenance of the gpa requirements.

Where do I send a letter to thank the selection committee?

Address your letter to "Scholarship Committee" and mail it to the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, 1340 13th St., Columbus, GA 31901.

What is a FAFSA, and where is it available?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the first step in determining a student’s eligibility for federal, state and sometimes college financial assistance. There is no charge to complete this document. Go to http://www.fafsa.gov to begin the process.

What is a Student Aid Report (SAR)?

Upon completion of the FAFSA, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is a document providing basic information about a student’s eligibility for federal student aid as well as the answer to questions on the FAFSA. A student usually receives this document electronically.

The SAR is several pages long. Be sure to provide CFCV with the entire document (approximately six pages) and not just the confirmation page.

Do students have to send an official copy of their transcript?

Yes, all scholarship applications require an official copy of an applicant’s transcript.

What if a student withdraws or attends only one semester in an academic year?

This situation will be addressed on a case by case basis.

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