Community Foundations

Community Foundations offer a variety of scholarships each year.  Please find your local Michigan foundations at the following website:

Organic Life Start Empower Scholarship

Organic Life Start creates several scholarships per year. These scholarships are aimed to help anyone who is a high school senior or older, and are meant to help with expenses related to ongoing education. Each Empower Scholarship is on a different topic which is found on the relevant scholarship page, and the requirement for entry involves a thoughtful answer to the specific question asked within that Empower Scholarship. Empower Scholarships are launched throughout the year on various topics, so be sure to come back often and see which new scholarships have recently been launched by Organic Life Start. Organic Life Start Empower Scholarships are in the amount of $500, which will be awarded directly to the applicant, or in the case that the applicant is under 18 years of age the amount will be awarded to the applicant’s legal guardian. The $500 scholarship is intended for use on any education-related expenses that are necessary. View the application and requirements here. Six-month rolling deadlines are June 30 and December 31.

Polish Heritage Society Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
• Must be a full-time student with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
• All recipients must be of Polish descent, and must provide a brief statement (signed and dated) delineating their heritage.
• Financial need will be taken into consideration.
• All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.
View the application here.

Society of Human Resources Management Scholarships (SHRM)

The SHRM Foundation's mission is to mobilize the power of HR and activate the generosity of donors to lead positive social change impacting all things work. The Foundation is committed to elevating and empowering HR as a social force through its innovative solutions to workplace inclusion challenges, programming designed to inspire and empower the next generation of HR leaders, and awarding scholarships and professional development grants to educate and develop students and HR professionals. The SHRM has scholarships available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and awards for conferences and academic research. View the applications for all scholarships and awards here

West Michigan AWMA Scholarship

The West Michigan Air Waste Management Association (WMAWMA) Scholarship Program is now online.  The value of each scholarship is $5,000 for students planning to pursue a career in the West Michigan area. In an effort to reduce bias’, WMAWMA now provides the review committee with redacted applications to hide names/gender/school/addresses. Details along with the application are available at The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.

External scholarships can be found by using these free national scholarship search services: