Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

Apply for CFHZ Scholarships

Have questions?

Contact Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships via email.

  • Instructions and links to our applications can be found below.
  • Most students will use our General CFHZ Scholarship Application to apply. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on March 1. 
  • Our employment-related scholarships and a few others have separate applications. Read below for instructions and due dates.







Information You Will Need

    1. Your highest composite ACT/SAT score and cumulative GPA through the first semester (or second trimester)

    2. If you attend Black River High School, Holland High School, Holland Christian High School, West Ottawa High School, or one of the Zeeland high schools, CFHZ will contact your school's counseling department for your transcript. If you attend any other high school or are a current college student or adult returning to school, you will need to upload your most recent academic transcript and ACT/SAT transcript in pdf, doc, or docx format.

    3. Your current year schedule of classes

    4. A list of your extra-curricular school activities over the last four years

    5. A list of your community and/or faith-based activities over the last four years

    6. A list of the leadership positions you have held over the last four years

    7. A list of the honors/awards you have received over the last four years

    8. Your 300 word or less answer to our standard essay question: What are your future goals and how have your high school, college, or personal experiences shaped these goals?

    9. If applicable, additional essays or short answers (look at the criteria for each scholarship)

    10. Names and email addresses (work email addresses preferred) of two recommendation providers. Recommendations shall not come from your relatives. Certain scholarships require recommendations to come from specific adults (look at the criteria for each scholarship). Recommendations must be made online; recommendation forms are automatically transmitted when each scholarship application is received.

    11. A copy of the page of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that contains your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to upload in pdf, doc, or docx format. You will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to get your SAR.

    12. The financial aid award letter from the school you plan to attend and any other financial aid notifications


Apply for General CFHZ Scholarships

Do not  begin your general application until your first semester (or first trimester) grades and updated cumulative grade point average are available. 

General scholarship applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on March 1 and must be submitted online No other electronic or paper submissions will be accepted..

General CFHZ Scholarship Application 


Apply for Employer-related and Other Scholarships

Apply for Haworth Scholarships - Open to the Public!

Haworth Diversity Scholarship with Paid Work Experience

 Haworth Skilled Trades Scholarship

Click HERE to visit Haworth's website to learn more. Applications will be available on the Haworth website beginning on January 2. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. EST on February 14. 



Recommendation Process for General CFHZ Scholarships

Individuals selected by the applicant to provide recommendations will be contacted directly via email when the applicant submits the General CFHZ Scholarship Application. A link to our online recommendation form will be provided. Only the online form will be accepted. Conversely, letters of recommendation mailed or emailed to the Foundation will not be accepted.  Recommendations are due on March 5.

The recommendation rules above pertain to our general scholarships. If you are applying for a scholarship with a separate application, follow the rules found on that application. 

 If you want to learn more about the recommendation process, contact Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships via email.


Additional Guidelines

  1. Immediate family members of scholarship selection committee members are not eligible to receive grants from a Section 4966 scholarship fund. An immediate family member is defined as a parent; sibling; child by blood, adoption, or marriage; spouse; grandparent or grandchild.
  2. The transcript information you provide regarding your GPA, test score(s), rank, and classes will be verified with your school. Falsification of information shall result in your disqualification from scholarship consideration.
  3. CFHZ will contact award winners at the home address provided and announce these winners at area high school award ceremonies.
  4. Winners must complete an acceptance form as specified by CFHZ.
  5. Scholarships are intended for use starting in the fall semester of the year during which they are announced. Scholarship acceptance may be delayed until December 31 with notification to CFHZ prior to the commencement of the fall semester. Unaccepted scholarships shall be forfeited after the December 31 deadline except as approved by CFHZ.
  6. Students participating in early college programs must wait to apply until they are graduating from early college.
  7. Students intending to take a gap year right after high school or early college must apply during their final year in high school or early college. Moreover, students planning to take a gap year must indicate this intention on the scholarship application.  

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CFHZ Scholarships by the Numbers

  • 2020 Active Scholarship Funds: 96
  • 2020 Scholarship Dollars Awarded: $950,000
  • 2020 Number of Scholarship Awards Given: 308

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