Scholarships are a great source of aid because they are provided through the generosity of donors and do not have to be repaid. Students are encouraged to seek out scholarship opportunities. Scholarships require an application, a short series of questions and a short essay. Once the application process is complete, students are automatically matched to scholarships that they are eligible for through the scholarship software. Students have the option of applying for additional scholarships that require more information (short answer questions, essay, letter of recommendation etc.). The application process is from January 1 through March 31 of each year. Award offers are made in April and May and the funds may be utilized for that upcoming fall, winter, spring and summer school year. All correspondences and awards are made through HawkMail. Students are required to provide a thank you letter to the donor as a condition of accepting the scholarship.
Henry Ford College Scholarships
The Henry Ford College Foundation offers several scholarships to support students from diverse backgrounds and interests who seek education in a wide variety of programs on campus. The eligibility criteria and application requirements vary.
The scholarship application period is open from January through March. Please apply during that time.
How to apply for HFC scholarships
- Follow the link above.
- Click Sign-in at the top of the page.
- Click "Sign In With Your Institution."
- Fill out the application.
- Apply for each scholarship by clicking the Apply button (and answering the supplemental questions, if necessary).
For further information about the HFC scholarship program, contact the HFC Foundation Office: (313) 845-9620 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Scholarships from Outside Sources
In addition to scholarships offered by HFC, scholarships are available from many other sources including high schools, places of worship, community civic groups and employers. We encourage students to check with their high school counselor, the reference section of the library, and organizations you and/or your parents may be affiliated with. In addition, Internet search engines may result in finding many scholarship opportunities.
Some websites that may be helpful with your search for scholarships include:
- MI Student Aid;
- College Resource Network;
- Federal Student Aid;
- Scholarships.com; and
- Scholarship Hunter.
Avoiding Scams When Looking for Scholarships
Unfortunately, some individuals or companies find students and parents searching for ways to pay for college as easy targets for scholarship scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautions students in search of scholarships to be wary of any individual or organization that asks for money by claiming any of the following:
- “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back”;
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else”;
- “I need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship";
- “We will do all the work";
- “The scholarship will cost some money"; and
- “You have been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship or ‘you are a finalist’ in a contest you never entered.”
The FTC, the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of the Inspector General provide excellent information regarding financial aid scams and warning signs. More information is available at: