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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 will open on Monday, November 2, 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please read all instructions before applying.

Starting on November 2, 2015, the Elementary Scholarship Application for the 2016-2017 academic year is available by clicking the link below. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 15, 2016.

I. Click here to download the 2016 Elementary Grant Information Sheet. 

II. Click here to access the 2016 Elementary School application.
- You will need to 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 in order to apply. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL.

IMPORTANT: All supporting documents must be sent directly to FACTS. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.