As the largest scholarship provider in Summit County, The Foundation is committed to helping hard-working students achieve their dreams of college or other post-secondary education. A committee of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees reviews all applicants and makes selections based on academic achievement, financial need, and leadership/community service.
- More than $2.7 million has been awarded to over 1,000 high school graduates
- The pre-collegiate program at Summit High School has helped increase the graduation rate of the high school's first-generation students from 53% in 2009 to 92% in 2016
- In 2017, over 40% of our scholarships were awarded to first-generation college students
- At the April 2017 scholarship awards night, over $200,000 was awarded by The Summit Foundation to 82 Summit High School graduates
"Words cannot express my gratitude for the opportunity you have given me and I can say without a qualm that I plan to bring what knowledge and abilities I gain back to Summit County. I hope to be able to continue my pursuit of community service and extracurricular activities as well. Thank you again for making it possible for me to receive a higher education and for supporting the youth of Summit County."
- Matt Arnold, 2016 Summit High School Graduate and The Summit Foundation Four-Year Scholarship Recipient
APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
Students attending high school in Summit County are eligible to apply for our scholarships if they meet the criteria of academic achievement, financial need, and leadership/community service activities. The selection process is quite competitive, but all applications are encouraged and welcome.
In Summit County, students are fortunate to be able to apply for community scholarships under one online application. Within the application, be sure to apply specifically for The Summit Foundation scholarship in order to be considered by The Foundation.
Please check the application website or with Summit High School for more information on deadlines and other instructions.
A small number of scholarships are available for neighboring community students if one or both of their parents work in Summit County. Neighboring community students participate in the same online application process as the Summit High School students and apply only to The Summit Foundation.
If you received a scholarship from The Summit Foundation for your freshman year of college and have a minimum GPA of 3.0, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship for your sophomore year. The application process opens in May and is due mid-June prior to your sophomore year of school. Access the application by logging into the Summit High School’s online application here.