Elementary School Grant Program
The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Elementary School Scholarship Program was established in 2003 at the directive of past Foundation President Lawrence Auriana and was implemented by former board member Richard J. Naclerio. The grants are available to students who will be entering grades K through 8. The grants, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.
If you are interested in applying for a grant, please take a moment to learn about our requirements and the grant process.
Eligibility - Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian) who demonstrate academic promise and who are from households where the total gross income does not exceed $20,000 per capita ($20,000 per person in the household) are eligible. For example, for a household of four, the maximum total gross income is $80,000 to be eligible.
Only students entering grades K through 8 are eligible to apply. Families of students interested in receiving an elementary scholarship must submit an application that contains detailed and confidential personal information. It must be sent to FACTS, an independent financial review company that will determine eligibility based on financial need. The applications of families that qualify for financial aid are then sent to the Columbus Citizens Foundation. A committee reviews and evaluates the applications and asks select applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview.
Approximately one month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships. Parents/Guardians/Students are notified by mail of the committee’s decision.
Recipients receive three-year grants, with the exception of when a recipient is entering 7th or 8th grade, in which the grant is then two years or one year in length, respectively. In the final year of a grant term, parents/guardians must re-apply to the Elementary School Scholarship Program to receive future scholarships. For example, for a Kindergarten recipient, the parents/guardians would re-apply for a future scholarship when the recipient is in 2nd grade.
How To Apply
The scholarship application process is now open for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please read all instructions before applying. The application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017.
STEP 1: Click here to download and print the 2017 CCF Elementary Scholarship Guidelines and Academic Performance Verification Form that must be completed by a school guidance counselor or principal. The Academic Performance Verification Form is on page 3.
STEP 2: Click here for the 2017 CCF Elementary Scholarship Application.
- Create an account if you do not already have one.
- When prompted to choose a school, you MUST choose Columbus Citizens Foundation Elementary Scholarship Program. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL. Later in the application, you will be asked to enter your school name and address.
STEP 3: Complete the online application and submit to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment by the February 17, 2017 deadline.
STEP 4: Submit all required support documents directly to FACTS (by mail, fax or uploaded with your application) by the February 17, 2017 deadline.
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.