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Helping educational dreams come true.

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is proud to help hundreds of area students — from elementary through graduate level — fund their educational dreams.

Scholarship application deadlines vary from one school to another. When considering an application for a scholarship, it’s best to start the process at the beginning of the school year. In general, the deadlines are from January to May. Check with your school for the exact deadlines. If you cannot obtain the application information from the contact source listed, contact Krista Arnold at the Community Foundation at (260) 969-3307.

View our scholarships for the following academic groups:

K-8 Scholarships

All of the scholarships listed below require the applicant to be a resident of Indiana. Unless otherwise noted, all schools are in Allen County.

The scholarship application deadlines vary from one institution to another. Generally, the deadlines range from January through April. Please check with your individual school for internal deadlines.

Bruggeman, Anthony Scholarship

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School students attending Bishop Luers High School
  • Tuition assistance for St.Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School minority students or students needing financial assistance
  • Contact St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, 260-432-4001

Central Lutheran School Scholarship

  • Central Lutheran School students
  • Contact Central Lutheran School Principal Kevin Creutz, 260-493-2502

Concordia Lutheran Elementary School Scholarship

  • Concordia Lutheran Elementary School students
  • Contact Concordia Lutheran Elementary School, 260-426-9922

Emmanuel−St. Michael Lutheran School Scholarship

  • Emmanuel−St. Michael Lutheran School students
  • Contact Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School Principal Jacob Pennekamp, 260-422-6712

Emmaus Lutheran Elementary School Scholarship

  • Emmaus Lutheran Elementary School students
  • Contact Emmaus Lutheran Elementary School at 260-459-7722

Hope Scholarship

  • Bishop Dwenger High School, Bishop Luers High School, Saint Jude Elementary School, and St. Joseph Catholic School
  • Contact Bishop Dwenger High School Guidance Department, Lora McGuire, at 260-496-4701; Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department at 260-456-1261; Saint Jude Elementary School Development Director Heather Cisz at 260-484-6609; St. Joseph Catholic School Principal, Cristy Jordán, at 260-432-4000

Lomont, Gary Francis Scholarship

  • St. Louis Besancon Academy students
  • Contact St. Louis Besancon Academy Principal Vanessa Diller at 260-749-5815

Lomont, Marshall Pierre Scholarship

  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Haven, St. Joseph Catholic School in Monroeville, and St. Louis Besancon Academy students
  • Contact St. John the Baptist Catholic School Principal Janice Comito at 260-749-9903; St. Joseph Catholic School at 260-623-3447; St. Louis Besancon Academy Principal Vanessa Diller at 260-749-5815

Merriman, Brad Memorial Scholarship

  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School students attending Bishop Dwenger High School
  • Tuition assistance for selected eighth grade students to attend Bishop Dwenger High School
  • Contact St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School at 260-484-3392

Shank, Jim and Sandi Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School or Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults students
  • Assistance for students under 18 to attend either institution
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261; or Turnstone Executive Director, 260-483-2100

St. John the Baptist Catholic School Scholarship

  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School students
  • Contact Saint John the Baptist Catholic School Principal Beatrice Royal at 260-456-3321

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran School Scholarship

  • St. John Evangelical Lutheran members
  • Contact St. John Evangelical Lutheran School Treasurer, Lois Hoelle at 260-426-5751

St. Louis Besancon Academy Scholarship

  • St. Louis Besancon Academy students
  • Contact St. Louis Besancon Academy Principal Vanessa Diller at 260-749-5815

St. Peter’s Lutheran Grade School Scholarship

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Grade School students
  • Contact St. Peter’s Lutheran Grade School Principal Tyler Kopp at 260-749-5811

Voirol Scholarship (The Clarence and Celesta Voirol, Edwin Neil Voirol, James Robert Voirol, Thomas Stanley Voirol and Carol Louise Pond Scholarship Fund)

  • Students of St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church parish needing financial assistance to attend Saint Joseph Catholic School
  • Contact St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church, 260-623-6437

High School Scholarships

All of the scholarships listed below require the applicant to be a resident of Indiana.

The scholarship application deadlines vary from one institution to another. Generally, the deadlines range from January through April. Please check with your school for internal deadlines.

Bishop Dwenger High School Foundation for Catholic Schools Scholarship

  • Bishop Dwenger High School students
  • Contact Lora McGuire, Bishop Dwenger High School Guidance Department, 260-496-4701

Bishop Luers High School Foundation for Catholic Schools Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School students
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261

Bowers, Jerome E. Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School students
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261

Bruggeman, Anthony Scholarship

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School students attending Bishop Luers High School
  • Tuition assistance for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School minority students or students needing financial assistance to attend Bishop Luers High School
  • Contact St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School at 260-432-4001

Dettmer, Dr. Robert and Susan Scholarship

  • Concordia Lutheran High School students
  • Contact Concordia Lutheran High School, 260-483-1102

Doermer, Mary Louise (Weezie) Bishop Luers High School Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School students
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261

Hire Family, Richard J. Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School students
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261

Hope Scholarship

  • St. Joseph Catholic School, Bishop Dwenger and Bishop Luers High Schools, and Saint Jude Elementary School students
  • Contact Bishop Dwenger High School Guidance Department, Lora McGuire, at 260-496-4701; Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department at 260-456-1261; Saint Jude Elementary School Development Director Heather Cisz at 260-484-6609; St. Joseph Catholic School Principal, Cristy Jordán, at 260-432-4000

Kassing, Robert and Troy Endowed Scholarship

  • Concordia Lutheran High School students
  • Contact Concordia Lutheran High School, 260-483-1102

Merriman, Brad Memorial Scholarship

  • Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School students attending Bishop Dwenger High School
  • Tuition assistance for selected eighth grade students to attend Bishop Dwenger High School
  • Contact Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic School at 260-484-3392

Shank, Jim and Sandi Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School or Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults
  • Assistance for students under 18 to attend either institution
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261; or Turnstone Executive Director, 260-483-2100

Shields, Jim Scholarship

  • Bishop Dwenger High School students
  • Contact Lora McGuire, Bishop Dwenger High School Guidance Department, 260-496-4701

College Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is pleased to be a resource for scholarship funds. We have worked with many generous donors to make funding available to students to pursue their education. If you need our assistance, please feel free to contact Krista Arnold.

All of the scholarships listed (with a few exceptions) require the applicant to be a resident of Allen County, Indiana.  The scholarship application deadlines vary from one institution to another.

Returning Adult Scholarships

Aboite River Woman’s Club Scholarship

  • Female students, 24 years or older, returning to school, attending Ivy Tech Community College
  • To apply: contact Sam Whitton, Ivy Tech Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 260-481-2229

Ballinger, Ann D. Scholarship

  • For adults, 24 years or older, returning to school
  • Must attend an Allen County, Indiana accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school
  • To apply: Contact the Educational Opportunity Center at 260-745-5421

All Other College Scholarships

Anthis, Bill C. Scholarship

  • High School seniors from Fort Wayne Community Schools who plan to attend a public, degree-granting, Indiana college
  • SAT score of 1000 or higher is required, along with ability to make the best use of time and talent in class, extracurricular activities, and work experience
  • To apply: contact your Guidance Counselor, or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Baker, Charles R. Scholarship

  • Wayne High School Seniors (FWCS) with a class rank of three through ten
  • To apply: contact Wayne High School Guidance Office, 260-467-6414

Batchelder, Robert C. DDS Scholarship

  • Allen County high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA, pursuing careers in the dental field at IPFW or Indiana University – Bloomington.
  • To apply: visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. April 28, 2017

Biedenweg, Clarence A. & Josephine E. Education Scholarship

  • High School seniors from Fort Wayne Community Schools who plan to attend an Indiana accredited four year college or university
  • Must major in Education
  • To apply: contact your Guidance Counselor, or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Chapman, John and Maryann North Side High School (NSHS) Medical Education Scholarship

  • NSHS seniors and graduates pursuing medical degrees
  • To apply: contact your Guidance Counselor or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Community Scholarship

  • Applicants for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are eligible
  • To apply: contact your Allen County High School guidance counselor for Lilly application and deadline

Cox, James H. Scholarship

  • Tax dependents of Agri Stats Employees. Includes Agri Stats’ affiliate companies
  • Students looking to pursue either a 2-year or 4-year under-graduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • To apply: visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. February 17, 2017

Doermer, Mary Louise (Weezie) Notre Dame Scholarship

  • University of Notre Dame Business School students pursuing an MBA
  • To apply: contact the University of Notre Dame Office of Financial Aid, 574-631-6436

Doermer, Mary Louise (Weezie) University of St. Francis Scholarship

  • Allen County students attending the University of St. Francis
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Doermer, Richard T. (Dick) Athletic Scholarship

  • IPFW student athletes
  • To apply: contact the IPFW Athletic Department, 260-481-6645

Eckrich, Gertrude B. Scholarship

  • Allen County Catholic high school seniors planning on attending a two- or four-year Catholic institution
  • To apply: visit our scholarship application portal!  For those planning on attending St. Francis, click here and for those planning on attending Other Catholic institutions, click here; due by 4 p.m. March 28, 2017

Fort Wayne Coliseum Lions Club Scholarship

  • Applicants for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are eligible
  • To apply: contact your Allen County High School guidance counselor for Lilly application and deadline

Fort Wayne Country Club Caddie Scholarship

  • Fort Wayne County Club caddies attending Indiana colleges who were finalists for the Evans Scholarship
  • To apply: contact the Fort Wayne Country Club, 260-432-2581

Fort Wayne Firefighters Fraternal Benefit Association Scholarship

  • For children and stepchildren of active or pensioned Fort Wayne Fire Department employees.
  • To apply: visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. April 17, 2017

Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Zone Scholarship

  • For residents of Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Delivery Zone meeting a minimum residency requirement of two years
  • Student must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and enroll full time at a two- or four-year Indiana institution
  • To apply: fill out the 2017 Fort Wayne Enterprize Zone Application; application due by 5 p.m. March 10, 2017; contact the Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Zone, 260-422-2304 with questions

Fort Wayne Sertoma Club-William Doctor/Charles M. Henry Jr. Scholarship Fund

  • For students attending IPFW Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders
  • To apply: contact the IPFW Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders Department, 260-481-6410

Graham, Mary P. Scholarship

  • South Side High School seniors
  • To apply: contact the South Side High School Guidance Office, 260-467-2565

Harter, Kasey Scholarship

  • Fort Wayne Community School seniors ranked in the upper half of their graduating class
  • To apply: Fort Wayne Community Schools Guidance Counselors, or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Hogan, Grace Scholarship

  • Graduating seniors at Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers, Black-hawk Christian, Carroll, Concordia Lutheran, Canterbury, and Homestead, and the five Fort Wayne Community High Schools
  • To apply: visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. April 11, 2017  (for students not attending FWCS)
  • Students attending Fort Wayne Community Schools should contact your guidance counselor for the Fort Wayne Community Schools application

Home Builders Association Scholarship

  • Graduates of local high schools pursuing a career in the residential construction industry at Ivy Tech Community College
  • To apply: Sam Whitton, IVY Tech Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 260-481-2229

Huntington University Business Education Scholarship

  • Huntington University business majors
  • To apply: contact Jerry Davis, Huntington University Financial Aid Office, 260-359-4014

Independent Alliance Banks (IAB) Employee Scholarship

  • IAB employees who have been employed with IAB for two+ years and currently work a minimum of 20-hrs per week (or their children), pursuing a college degree either full or part time.
  • To apply: visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. January 26, 2017

Indiana Tech Business Education Scholarship

  • Indiana Tech business majors
  • To apply: contact Scott Thum, Indiana Tech Financial Aid Office, 260-422-5561, ext. 2208

Indiana Wesleyan Business Education Scholarship

  • Indiana Wesleyan business majors attending the Fort Wayne Campus
  • To apply: contact Tim Bowman, Indiana Wesleyan, 765-677-1903

IPFW Business Education Scholarship

  • IPFW business majors
  • To apply: contact the IPFW School of Business, 260-481-6472

Ivy Tech Business Education Scholarship

  • Ivy Tech Community College business majors
  • To apply: contact Sam Whitton, Ivy Tech Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 260-481-2229

Knurek, Thomas and Mary Lou Mid-Degree Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis art majors
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Koester, Marie C. Scholarship

  • Fort Wayne Catholic high school graduates attending the University of St. Francis
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Lee Family Scholarship

  • Will award two $10,000 scholarships per year (payable at $2,500 per year for four years)
  • Available only to graduates of North Side High School who meet  all of the following criteria:
    • Exhibit leadership potential
    • Financial need
    • Academic accomplishments
    • Extra curricular activities
  • To apply: Fort Wayne Community Schools Guidance Counselors, or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

  • Allen County High school seniors in the top 40 percent of their accredited high school class who have overcome significant hardships
  • To apply: contact your Allen County High School Guidance Counselor for application and deadline information

Lueken, George J. Memorial Scholarship

  • Tax dependents of Sabert-Fort Wayne employees who will pursue either a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 scale
  • To apply: fill visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. February 17, 2017

Marschand; Bonnie, Ilene, and Helen Scholarship

  • Ivy Tech Community College nursing majors
  • To apply: contact Sam Whitton, Ivy Tech Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 260-481-2229

Menge, Richard C. Scholarship

  • Graduating seniors from Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties attending the University of Michigan
  • To apply: please visit the following Web site: http://umclubs.com/fortwayne

Miller, Señor Kerry Scholarship

  • R. Nelson Snider High School seniors ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating class pursuing a four-year degree
  • Must have had at least 3 years of one foreign language in high school
  • To apply: contact the R. Nelson Snider High School Guidance office, 260-467-4628

MKM architecture + design Scholarship

  • Ball State University students enrolled in the College of Architecture and Planning
  • To apply: contact the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning department chair, 765-285-5859

New Haven High School Scholarship

Nill Sr., Richard G. Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Owen, Dr. C. James and Susan Scholarship

  • IPFW students pursuing a career in public service
  • Contact the IPFW Department of Public Policy, 260-481-6351
  • To apply: fill visit our scholarship application portal; due by 4 p.m. February 17, 2017

Papier, Maurice Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis art majors in their junior or senior year with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Parker, Robert D. Graphic Arts Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis graphic arts majors
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Peiffer, Geraldine M. Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis students
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Rea Magnet Wire Scholarship

  • Children and stepchildren of permanent, full-time Rea Magnet Wire retirees and employees with at least three years of continuous service
  • To apply: contact Kris Coak, Rea Magnet Wire Human Resource Department, 260-421-7369

Schaeffer, Blanche and Edward Endowed Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis students
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Schoeff, Mark and Helen Memorial Scholarship

  • Northrop High School seniors planning to attend a public, degree-granting Indiana college
  • To apply: fill out the 2017 Schoeff Application, application due to Northrop High School by their deadline

Scott, Don G. Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis business majors with an agricultural background
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Sheldon, Al Memorial Scholarship

  • South Side High School seniors planning on attending IPFW, Indiana Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, or University of Saint Francis.
  • To apply: fill out a 2017 Sheldon Application; application due to South Side High School by their deadline; contact the Guidance Office at 260-467-2565 with questions

Smuts, Helen Lucille Scholarship

  • Taylor University music minors
  • To apply: contact the Taylor University Financial Aid Office, 765-998-5358

South Side High School Foundation (Jennifer Manth) Scholarship

  • South Side High School seniors pursuing a college degree in English, fine arts, or the performing arts
  • To apply: contact the South Side High School Guidance Office, 260-467-2565

University of St. Francis Business Education Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis business majors
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Waterfield Foundation Athletic Scholarship

  • IPFW student athletes
  • To apply: contact the IPFW Athletic Department, 260-481-6645

Waterfield Mortgage Career Employees Scholarship

  • IPFW upper-class students with financial need majoring in finance
  • To apply: contact the IPFW Department of Accounting and Finance, 260-481-6471

Weicker, Jack Scholarship

  • South Side High School seniors pursuing a college degree in education
  • To apply: contact the South Side High School Guidance Office, 260-467-2565

Withers Scholars

  • IPFW juniors, seniors, or graduate students majoring in elementary education, history, political science, communications, theater, English, or library science
  • To apply: contact the IPFW department offices of the eligible majors or the IPFW switchboard, 260-481-4739

Wunderlin, Marilyn and William Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis students majoring in elementary education
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Yergens, Paul and Virginia Yergens-Rogers Scholarship

  • University of St. Francis students with an above-average GPA
  • To apply: contact the University of St. Francis Financial Aid Office, 260-399-8003

Young, John F. Scholarship

  • Fort Wayne Community School seniors ranked in the upper half of their graduating class pursuing a four-year degree
  • To apply: contact your Fort Wayne Community Schools Guidance Counselor or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Zwick, Caroline Scholarship

  • Fort Wayne Community School seniors ranked in the upper half of their graduating class pursuing a four-year degree
  • To apply: contact your Fort Wayne Community Schools Guidance Counselor or Jessica Swinford, 260-467-8811

Non-traditional Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is pleased to be a resource for scholarship funds. We have worked with many generous donors to make funding available to students to pursue their education. If you need our assistance, please feel free to contact Krista Arnold.

All of the scholarships listed (with a few exceptions) require the applicant to be a resident of Allen County, Indiana. The scholarship application deadlines vary from one institution to another.

Hatch, Lindsay Katherine Memorial Ballet Scholarship

  • Fort Wayne Ballet students ages nine or older
  • Tuition assistance for ballet classes
  • Contact The Fort Wayne Ballet, 260-484-9646, or by mail at 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Shank, Jim and Sandi Scholarship

  • Bishop Luers High School or Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults students
  • Assistance for students under 18 to attend either institution
  • Contact Bishop Luers High School Guidance Department, 260-456-1261; or Turnstone Executive Director, 260-483-2100

A gift that lasts a lifetime.

The above scholarship programs, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, have been established by generous individuals from our county who believe that our  future depends upon educating our youth and returning adult students.

Please take a moment to review the scholarships we manage and consider a donation to one of our existing scholarship funds or to our Community Scholarship Fund. The Community Foundation will match 20% of all gifts made to eligible endowed scholarship funds up to $10,000 per fund, per year.

Call David Bennett, Executive Director, at 260-969-3302, if you have questions.

Online Scholarship Portal

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Many of our college scholarships have online applications that can be accessed through our online scholarship portal. Access the portal to apply online!

Community Scholarship Fund

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The Community Scholarship Fund is a special collective fund that has been established by many donors, and with gifts of any size. Making a gift to this fund is a great way to support the education dreams of the youth and returning adult students in our community.

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