This year, the Community Foundation of Holland/Zealand Region (CFHZ) will award more than $860,000 in scholarships to students to attend higher education schools across the country.
These scholarships are possible thanks to the generosity of the many individuals, families and local businesses who believe in investing in the future of society by furthering the education of others.
High school seniors, current college students, and adults returning to school are encouraged to apply for Federal Focus Area Scholarships.
Easy-to-access public app
The 2022 general application allows students to apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously using an accessible form. The student window to apply is now open, and the application deadline is 5pm on March 1, 2022. More information on how to apply, the recommendation process, and additional guidelines can be found at cfhz.org/apply-for-scholarships/.
Scholarships are available for a wide range of potential careers, including options for students interested in pursuing positions as first responders such as law enforcement officers, nurses, or teachers.
Sydney Ritsima is the recipient of the Herbert F. and Mabel L. Olney Memorial Scholarship. She graduated from Ferris State University with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Psychology.
“Receiving the Herbert F. and Mabel L. Olney Memorial Scholarship has made a huge difference to me, helping pay for school and allowing me to focus on my studies,” says Ritsima. “During one semester of my final year, I earned 21 credits, which is not something I could have done without scholarship assistance. I am truly grateful to the Olney family for their decision to honor their parents’ legacy by investing in my education.”
In addition to general scholarships, the Community Foundation invites students to apply for scholarships that require separate applications, which include the Haworth Skilled Trades Scholarship and the Haworth Diversity Scholarship, which includes paid training scholarships. Applications for the Haworth Awards are due by 5 p.m. on February 14 and can be found online at cfhz.org/apply-for-scholarships/.
The two Haworth Skilled Scholarships of $2,000 are available to the public. To be considered, students must confirm enrollment and plan to continue with a 12-24-month degree, associate degree (AAAS), or a vocational/professional program in one of the following areas: carpentry, CNC programming, electrical, electronics technology, technician Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Industrial Maintenance, Mechanic, Machine Repair, Manufacturing Technology, Model Maker, Plumbing, Tools and Molds, or Welding.
There are five Haworth Diversity Scholarships of $2,000 with paid internships available to the public. To be considered, students must be currently enrolled in a college or university of secondary or junior status at the time of application; Must be available for a 12-week (40 hour/week) internship from May 2022 through August 2022 (preferred) at Haworth HQ in Holland, Michigan; You must study business, design, engineering, finance, human resources, information technology, manufacturing, marketing, sales or supply chain; Must be a member of one of the following minority groups: American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Black, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander. For additional eligibility requirements, visit haworth.com/company-info/student-opportunities.
Questions about the CFHZ District Scholarship Program may be directed to Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, at email@example.com.