Frequently asked questions

Email Grants & Initiatives Associate Vanessa Langston or call her at (901) 722-0032 for more information.

What is the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis scholarship program?

The Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship funds for Memphis-area residents and others attending post-secondary, technical, and vocational institutions of higher learning.

Am I eligible to apply?

All of the funds have specific criteria that applicants must meet. The donor or advisory committees defined the eligibility criteria when the fund was established. However, there are general criteria that apply to most funds:

Applicants must:

  • Plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university or an accredited vocational or technical institution,
  • Enroll as a full-time student (12 credit hours undergraduate),
  • Demonstrate academic achievement, and 
  • Demonstrate economic need.

May I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. However, you must submit a separate application and attachments for each scholarship fund for which you apply.

Is there a cost to apply for a scholarship?

There is no charge to apply.

Can I submit a paper application?

No. All applications must be submitted online through the form located on that scholarship's page.

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

No. Scholarship awards are intended to provide only partial support. Scholarships offer varying award amounts depending on the size of the fund, the number of qualified applicants, and the criteria of the fund. 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. Exceptions are noted in the scholarship descriptions.

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 is taxable.

Will the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis 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 fund has its own advisory committee that reviews applications and makes recommendations for scholarship recipients to the Community Foundation's Board of Governors.

Am I required to repay scholarship money?

No. Scholarships are charitable grants.

When will I be notified of the decision?

You will be notified after the selection committees meet and before June 15 in most cases.

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

No. In most cases, students must complete the entire application process again in order to be considered for a renewal scholarship. However, most scholarship committees give some preference to renewing applicants, subject to student performance.

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

Address correspondence letter to "Scholarship Committee" and mail it to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, 1900 Union Avenue, Memphis. TN 38104.