Apply for a Scholarship

College Scholarships 

Scholarships are based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a Richland County resident or graduate from a Richland County high school.  
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • New applicants must achieve a 2.5 GPA or above and previous scholarship recipients applying for a scholarship must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • The deadline for applying for college scholarships is April 1.  Students must apply each year. These are not recurring scholarships.
  • Check back here to access the application after January 1. 
  • Students must complete a Permission to Financial Aid Form and send it to the Financial Aid Office at the college of your choice. 

Checklist for scholarship application

  • Upload a copy of your Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website to the online application.
  • Upload a copy of your most recent high school or college transcript to the online application. 

What you need to know:

  • Scholarship awards are for the upcoming academic year.
  • Scholarship grant dollars will be sent directly to the college in August.
  • It is the student's responsibility to notify Richland County Foundation of a change in college.
  • A change in college choice after a scholarship is awarded could result in a reduction of amount or loss of award.

Are you changing colleges?

What you need to do: If you have applied for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year and you're changing schools complete this form along with this Permission to Financial Aid Form and send it to the Financial Aid Office at your college of choice.

A change in college choice after a scholarship is awarded could result in a reduction of amount or loss of award.


Career Technical Education Scholarships

Application is available here for trade school scholarships. 

  • Students working on post-secondary education goals at an accredited Career Technical Education institution.
  • Deadline is December 31, 2020
  • Applications will be considered as they are received; award determinations made within 8 weeks.
  • Scholarship grant dollars will be sent directly to the school.

CTE Scholarships are based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a Richland County resident or graduate from a Richland County high school.  
  • Pursue a program at an accredited school. 

Learn How to Fly

The Mansfield Aviation Club (MAC), established in 1949, a 501c (3) organization,  provides aviation scholarships.  

Throughout its history, the Mansfield Lahm Airport has served our community by being one of the finest general aviation airports in our state. The cost of flying has become more expensive, many who had the dream to become a pilot may have found it beyond their financial means. MAC scholarships can help people fulfill their dream and keep general aviation in our community vibrant into the future.

To be eligible for the MAC Aviation Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Live in Richland County or a contiguous county
  • Be at least 16 years of age by the application deadline
  • Hold a current FAA Student Pilot Certificate at the time of application

Applications are available here after January 1. Deadline is April 1.  

For those who love aviation and want to support this effort, tax-deductible donations can be made by donating to the MAC Fund at the Foundation

For questions concerning this scholarship, please visit the MAC website


Steve Shoenfelt Memorial Scholarship

Long time Mansfield area swim coach Steve Shoenfelt passed away in November 2018 at the age of 59. Shortly after his passing, a group of family members, friends, and former swimmers came together to establish the Steve Shoenfelt Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor. In collaboration with the Richland County Foundation and the Friendly House, the fund will honor two, $500 scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors. 

  • Minimum of 3 years of high school swimming
  • Age group experience in USA/YMCA swimming
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Community service experience
  • Write a short essay on your favorite band/concert experience or favorite meal/food experience.

Applications are available here after January 1. Deadline is April 1.