The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta manages various scholarship funds for the benefit of eligible applicants. Scholarships allow our donors to invest in the future by helping deserving students pursue higher education. Students benefit from the financial assistance as well as the academic recognition of being a scholarship recipient.

Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria and are managed with varying degrees of involvement by the Foundation's Education Advisory Committee and staff. If you are interested in applying for a specific scholarship, please do the following:

  • Review the information for each scholarship to determine eligibility for specific scholarship. To apply, follow the instructions on the page that describes each scholarship.
  • Please review each application carefully.
  • If you have additional questions or concerns not addressed in the application itself, please direct your inquiries to the specific contact listed for each scholarship.

Click on the links below for instructions on applying for scholarships via the online scholarship portal:
Scholarship instructions (PDF)

Click here to access the online scholarship application portal.

Renewing Applicants
Renewal applicants will receive an email to notify you of the renewal package due date. If you have not received an email explaining the renewal process and attachments, please complete the application as if you are a new applicant. Applications for the following academic year will be posted on our site after December 15, 2015.

If you have questions after reviewing the information available on the website, send an email to or call the Foundation at 404-688-5525 and request to speak with someone on the scholarships team.
** If you are a nonprofit organization interested in scholarship opportunities, visit our Nonprofit Effectiveness webpage.

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Boys High Scholarship Fund

To provide support for graduating high school seniors at Henry W. Grady High School in their pursuit of a college education

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Lester W. Butts Scholarship Fund

For a graduating senior from Frederick Douglass High School, an Atlanta Public School, in honor of the late Lester W. Butts, the first principal of the school

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James E. Cox Medical Scholarship

To provide scholarships for medical school students pursuing degrees at a Georgia institution 

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Helen & Vernon Crawford Scholarship Fund

For adults who have completed a literacy program and wish to pursue post-secondary education

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Steve Dearduff Scholarship Fund

For undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in medicine and social work

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Dreams2 Scholarship Fund

To provide scholarship opportunities for deserving students who want to pursue their education

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Nancy Penn Lyons Scholarship Fund

For students with financial need who have been accepted for enrollment at prestigious or out-of-state universities

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Pattillo Scholarship Fund

For students pursuing an undergraduate degree with preference shown to employees of Pattillo Construction Corporation and their dependents

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The James M. & Virginia M. Smyth Scholarship Fund

To provide financial support to students enrolled at an accredited college pursuing an undergraduate degree

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George and Pearl Strickland Scholarship

For undergraduate or graduate students with financial need pursuing a degree at the Atlanta University Center colleges

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Tech High School Alumni Assoc./W.O. Cheney Merit

For students pursuing degrees in mathematics, engineering or one of the physcial sciences

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Everett Williams Scholarship Fund

For graduating seniors with financial need living in or having spent childhood in Oconee County, GA.

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Women’s Chamber Of Commerce Scholarship

For students enrolled in undergraduate studies at an accredited four-year college

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Scholarships are awarded on a nondiscriminatory basis after careful review of eligible applications. Award recommendations are approved by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors, and scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institutions where the successful candidates are enrolled.



If you have questions after reviewing the scholarship information, please send an email to or call the Foundation at 404-688-5525.


Funding for Your Education


Kristina Morris, program officer at The Community Foundation discusses the Foundation's scholarship program with the Foundation Center and how individuals can apply to help fund their education.

Click here to listen to the interview.

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