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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Update 2-12-24

We appreciate your interest in our scholarship offerings. We are currently aware of the Department of Education’s systemwide delay in processing student FAFSA information.


PLEASE NOTE: Our Universal Scholarship Application deadline remains March 1.


To address the FAFSA delay, we modified our application to include the student’s federal aid estimate and income.  please change it to "To get your federal aid estimate, click here to launch the estimator tool. A link is also available within the application itself. Complete the required information and upload the report. Please note that you may be asked to provide additional information later when the FAFSA issue has been resolved.


Our staff and Board are diligently working on this matter. Once a final FAFSA decision is made, we will promptly publish the details on our website, in our scholarship application portal, and on our social media platforms. If you are a student who started a DRAFT application, we will also send you a follow-up email when more details become known.

Helping Students Continue Their Education 

As part of our support for continuing education, Erie County Community Foundation administers over 50 scholarship funds to help high school and professional school students continue their education. Whether you want to pursue education in medical school, journalism, architecture, ministry, nursing, engineering, or another field, our scholarship donors make pursuing a career more attainable for everyone. 


A wide array of scholarship opportunities is available, based on a field of study, merit, financial need, sports, community involvement, and other criteria. Simply complete our Universal Grant Application, and our system will automatically match your skills and financial need with the criteria for each scholarship. No need for you to complete multiple scholarship applications! 


Eligibility and Criteria 

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA or higher as required by specific scholarships. 

  • Submit official transcripts from your College Bursar’s Office or High School Guidance Office. 

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit your Student Aid Report (SAR). 

  • Unless otherwise specified, scholarships are for students pursuing a post-secondary undergraduate education enrolled full-time in a degreed program attending an accredited nonprofit university or community college in the continental United States. 

  • Awards are paid directly to post-secondary accredited educational institutions, not to individuals or bookstores. 

  • Applicants may be asked to interview with the Scholarship Committee as part of the selection process. 

  • Erie County Community Foundation’s Board of Directors renders final scholarship decisions in April. 

  • In January, Erie County Community Foundation will contact those students eligible for scholarship renewals. If your scholarship is renewable, you must reapply each year. Renewals, including the amount awarded, are not automatic—they are competitive and at the committee’s discretion. 


Application Procedure 

Scholarship Application Deadlines are 11:59 pm: 

February 1: Ohio Athletic Committee 

March 1: Universal Application  

October 13: Buckeye Broadband BCSN-Erie Scholarship 

November 10: Harry DeLapp Scholarship 


Erie County Community Foundation scholarship applications are available through our online scholarship portal.

If you have any questions, contact Erie County Community Foundation at 419-621-9690, or email Pam Provo for assistance. 

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