Answering Your Questions

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Who can apply for a scholarship offered through the Cleveland Foundation?

Please note the following universal eligibility criteria for scholarships offered through the Cleveland Foundation:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, which is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as a U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island), U.S. permanent resident (who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C [Permanent Resident Card]), or an individual who has an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of the following designations:
    • "Refugee" 
    • "Asylum Granted" 
    • "Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending)"
    • "Conditional Entrant" (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980) 
    • Victims of human trafficking, T-visa (T-2, T-3, or T-4, etc.) holder 
    • "Parolee" (You must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and you must be able to provide evidence from the USCIS that you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and that you intend to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.)

The scholarships have varied and diverse criteria beyond these universal requirements. Visit our Scholarships Search page where you can click on individual scholarships for more detailed information.


Where can I get more information on scholarships and financial aid?

Visit our Student Resources page for useful information on the national, state, and local level.


What are the deadlines for applying for a scholarship through the Cleveland Foundation?

The application deadlines vary, but most scholarships for selection committees convened by the Cleveland Foundation are due by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2014. You can see the deadline for a particular scholarship by clicking on the name of the scholarship on our Scholarships Search page.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship? If so, can I use the same application?

Yes, you can be considered for more than one scholarship. Submit the general scholarship application which will be screened for eligibility for multiple scholarships. If you meet eligibility criteria for a scholarship outside of the general application, staff will alert you so that you can have an opportunity to fill out any special scholarship applications.

Is filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required?

No. Some scholarships do not include "financial need" as a criterion, but we believe that it would be in your interest to do so. We subscribe to the recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education:

"Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward getting financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school. The FAFSA not only gives you access to the $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds that the federal government has available, but many states, schools, and private scholarships require you to submit the FAFSA before they will consider you for any financial aid they offer."


Can my sibling and I be considered for the same scholarship?

Yes, you and siblings can apply at the same time.  This is especially relevant for scholarships offered to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors in addition to the traditional graduating high school senior.

Will I be notified, even if I am declined?

Yes, you will be advised by e-mail if your application is declined.

Are scholarships renewable?

Some are, depending on the preference of the donor who established the scholarship fund.

Is there a minimum grade-point average required?

A minimum grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 or a 2.89 GED score is required unless an individual scholarship states a specific GPA requirement or specifically requests no GPA or GED requirement be included. Visit our Scholarships Search page for more information on individual scholarship requirements.