SCHOLARSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES

The Process

All high school students in southeast Michigan are encouraged to submit an application to our scholarship funds.

The Community Foundation manages more than 20 scholarship funds directly through our single-step online application process. Every student in southeast Michigan is eligible for at least one of our scholarship funds, but many students are eligible for multiple funds.

Apply

When you are ready to apply, simply go to “I Want to Start an Application” to learn more about the documentation needed to apply.

Contact

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact us by sending an email to scholarships@cfsem.org, or call the Community Foundation office at 313.961.6675.

Online Scholarships

Detailed information about each of our scholarship funds is available below for your reference. When you are ready to apply, visit “I Want to Start an Application.”

Scholarships Available Through the Online Portal

Donna W. Adams Fund: For graduates of eligible east side Detroit grade schools who are now pursuing college degrees

Birmingham Unitarian Church Goldsmith Scholarship Program: For current and former graduates of Pontiac High School (and its predecessors)

Detroit Economic Club Scholarship: For graduating seniors in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties who have overcome hardships to achieve personal goals

Robert Holmes Scholarship: For graduating seniors who are children of eligible Michigan Teamsters members

Detroit Tigers Willie Horton Scholarship: For graduating seniors of Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern

Chris Kurzweil Scholarship: For graduating seniors who are children of Intertape Polymer Group employees

Leonard, Butcher and Smeltzer Scholarship: For graduating seniors in the Wayne-Westland School District

Virgil K. Lobring Scholarship Program: For graduating seniors from Detroit’s Western International High School

Ordóñez Family Scholarship: For graduating seniors who are residents of southwest Detroit, attending eligible southwest Detroit high schools

Plante Moran Sons and Daughters Scholarship: For children of Plante Moran staff who are under 25 and pursuing undergraduate studies

Jean and Tom Rosenthal Scholarship Program: For graduating seniors from Pontiac High School

Jeptha Wade Schureman Scholarship Program: For fatherless children who are residents of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lenawee, Monroe, Livingston, Washtenaw or St. Clair counties and want to pursue majors or careers in nursing, law, dentistry or medicine

Miguel Cabrera Family Scholarship: For Michigan and Florida graduating seniors who would be first generation college students and demonstrate financial need.

Otis Smith Scholarship: For single mothers who are residents of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and want to attend Wayne State University, the University of Michigan or the Columbus College of Law at Catholic University of America

Southfield Scholarship Funds: Primarily for graduating seniors who are residents of Southfield and Lathrup Village

Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Scholarship: For graduating seniors who reside in one of the 21 communities served by the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber

Robert Stempel Scholarship: For graduating seniors from Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School, Detroit School of Arts, University Prep Science and Math High School, or University Prep High School who demonstrate potential for achievement in postsecondary science and engineering

Hellen Tallman Fund: Through her estate gift, Ms. Tallman requested that a portion of awards from the Fund support scholarships for Wayne State University students who are majoring in engineering fields or pre-medical/medical fields

Enrico and Marie Vespa Scholarship: For employees of English Gardens or their dependents who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies

School-Based Scholarships

Here is a list of the School-Based Scholarship Programs administered by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. To learn more about any of these programs, simply click on the name.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please speak to the guidance counselor at the school where the scholarship is located and apply to them directly.

Robert L. Daniels Scholarship Program: For graduating seniors of Chelsea High School who are pursuing a curriculum in building or building technology

Dick DePaolis Memorial Scholarship: For graduating seniors of North Farmington High School who are scholar-athletes and planning to major in liberal studies, particularly history and English

Imelda “Mel” and Ralph Lemar Scholarship: For graduating seniors of Fowlerville High School who will major in chemistry, physics, or electrical or mechanical engineering

Monsignor Herbert Weier Scholarship Program: For graduating seniors of Divine Child High School

George L. Palmer Scholarship Program: For graduating seniors of Chelsea High School who are pursuing a vocational career

Brewster E. and Emily C. Peabody Fund: For graduating seniors of Chelsea High School

Renaissance of Values Scholarship Program: For graduating eighth graders from Cornerstone Schools and Everest Academy, to be applied to tuition for private high schools. NOTE: There are special forms for this fund, as it is for high school-bound students (rather than college). You will find them in the forms section below.

Cheryl Wojtas Memorial Scholarship Fund: For graduating seniors from the Port Huron Area Schools and Gaylord Community Schools.

Forms

For All Applicants:

Recommender Instructions: This is an overview of what recommenders need to include in their letters of support for the applicants.

For Awardees:

College Choice Form: This form is used by scholarship awardees only, once they have made a final college selection.

For School-Based Scholarship Programs Only:

Below is a list of forms for the school-based scholarships for use by the students and guidance counselors in the schools that offer them directly. Simply click on the name to download a PDF of the form:

Common Application Form: This form is used for any of our school-based programs.

Recommender Form: This form is an optional template for our school-based programs to use.

Renewal Application Form: This form is used by former school-based program awardees who are now applying for additional support, as allowed by some of the scholarship programs.

Special Forms for Renaissance of Values Fund Only:

Cornerstone Application Form: This is for eighth graders at Cornerstone School who want to apply for funding for private, accredited high schools.

Everest Application Form: This is for eighth graders at Everest Academy who want to apply for funding for private, accredited high schools.

Financial Aid Form: This form is for both Cornerstone and Everest applicants to complete for inclusion with their applications.