Steps to Apply
In order to be considered for scholarships offered by Calhoun Community College and the Calhoun Foundation, students must do the following every year by March 1*:
- Have a completed Admissions Application on file with Calhoun Admissions.
This includes a submitted signature page and form(s) of ID.
- Have a completed FAFSA Application on file with Calhoun Financial Aid.
17-18 FAFSA required for Fall 17-Spring 18 awards
16-17 FAFSA required for Summer 17 awards
To have FAFSA automatically sent to Calhoun, enter Institution Code 001013 when completing the FAFSA
If needed tax returns are not completed by March 1, complete the FAFSA based on estimated information from the previous year's tax return in order to meet the deadline for scholarship eligibility.
FAFSA tips from Calhoun Financial Aid
- Have a completed Scholarship Application on file with Calhoun Scholarship Office.
Available November 1 through March 1
Applicants log in using their myCalhoun credentials provided after the Admissions Application process has been completed.
*To allow adequate processing time, it is recommended that students begin the process no later than two weeks before March 1.
Institutional Scholarships -- Awards sponsored by Calhoun
- GPA of 3.0 or higher (Honors Program: 3.5 or higher)
- ACT of 20 or higher (Honors Program: 24 or higher)
- United States citizen
Presidential Honors Program Scholarship
The criteria for this scholarship is determined by the Honors Program coordinators in conjunction with the Scholarship Committee. This scholarship will cover full tuition and fees up to 15 credit hours for fall and spring semesters. This scholarship is guaranteed for two years as long as the student remains in the Presidential Honors Program. A separate application is required. Please apply on the Presidential Honors Program website.
This scholarship is available to any student (incoming or current). Awardees are selected by a multidisciplinary scholarship committee. Preference is given to students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher. ACT scores are taken into consideration when awarding high school seniors. This is a one-year scholarship for $2,000 ($1,000 per semester).
Principal’s Choice Scholarship¹
Each eligible high school² in our service area receives one Principal’s Choice Award. This is a one-year scholarship for $1,500 ($750 per semester). Eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher.
Nominations from the high school principal/counselor must be submitted to the Scholarship Office by March 1st.
The top 2 students graduating from eligible high schools² in our service area can receive a one-year scholarship for $1,000 ($500 per semester). Student eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher.
Val/Sal scholarship recipients are responsible for self-notifying the scholarship office of their graduating rank by providing an official transcript that includes class rank to the scholarship office by June 15th to confirm their ranking. If a Valedictorian or Salutatorian claim this award from a high school, then the high school cannot nominate a student for a Top 5% Scholarship.
Top 5% Scholarship¹
One student graduating from eligible high schools² in our service area can receive a one-year scholarship for $1,000 ($500 per semester). Student eligibility is contingent upon a 3.0 GPA and ACT score of 20 or higher.
Nominations from the high school principal/counselor must be submitted to the Scholarship Office by March 1st. Eligible high schools² are permitted either the Val/Sal Scholarship or the Top 5% Scholarship.
- Fine Arts (Art, Chorale, Graphic Design, Jazz Band, and Theatre) -- contact: William Godsey
- Muse Co-Editors -- contact: Dr. Leigh Ann Rhea
- Phi Theta Kappa Officers -- contact: Ragan Chastain
- Student Government Association -- contact Kelly Hovater
- Warhawk Student Ambassadors -- contact: Sherika Attipoe
Summer scholarships may be available based on forfeitures from prior recipients. Students interested in obtaining a scholarship for the summer term should complete the listed application requirements by March 1.
¹The institutional scholarships noted may be stacked to cover tuition and fees up to 12 credit hours. These scholarships can be stacked with other institutional scholarships, but cannot exceed the amount of tuition and fees. To be eligible for the spring portion of any award, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete at least 12 credit hours.
Foundation Scholarships – Awards sponsored by donors
Eligibility criteria varies for each award. Eligible scholarship applicants will be matched with the available scholarships reflective of their scholarship application. To be eligible for the spring portion of any award students must write an acceptable donor thank you letter, attend the scholarship reception, maintain the required cumulative GPA, and complete at least 12 credit hours.
Notification of Award
All correspondence from the Scholarship Office is sent to the student’s @calhoun.edu email address. Applicants should have a working knowledge of how to check this email and should attend to it regularly. It is best practice to check clutter, junk, and spam folders to avoid missing important information.
If selected for a scholarship, the student will have two weeks to accept the offer and to complete the post-acceptance agreement. Failure to do so will result in revocation of the award offer.
Outside scholarships are recommended to students who fail to meet the requirements by the deadlines.
Calhoun Community College and Foundation awards are overseen by a multidisciplinary Scholarship Advisory Committee comprised of Calhoun faculty, staff, and Foundation Board members.
Questions? Contact us at:
Calhoun Community College
PO Box 2216
Decatur, AL 35609
Phone: (256) 713-4823
Fax: (256) 306-2877
NOTE: Must have a Calhoun C# to apply and should use single sign-on credentials used for MyCalhoun account.