Applications for the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County scholarships for the Class of 2021 are now being accepted. Online applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

To apply students must create a profile and complete the online application available at https://cfmjcscholarships.communityforce.com. From the application listing, students will select the application for the school they attend. For the first time, students will be able to apply online for the Madison Chautauqua Scholarship for the Arts in Memory of Bob Fourhman.

This past spring, the Community Foundation awarded nearly $160,000 to the Class of 2020 in Jefferson County.

“We are fortunate to have so many generous donors interested in helping Jefferson County students reach the next level of their educational goals,” said Community Foundation staff member Julie Wells, who oversees the scholarship process. Wells shared some tips to help students put their “best foot forward” as they apply for scholarships:

• Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. Many scholarships require items to be submitted on your behalf by teachers, counselors, etc. before the deadline.

• Read and follow all instructions.

• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible in order to upload the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) page of the report to be eligible for scholarships considering Financial Need.

• Personally contact teachers, employers, etc. from whom you would like a letter of recommendation and ask them if they would submit a letter on your behalf.

• Contact the Community Foundation staff members if you experience technical issues prior to the application deadline date.

Established in 1991, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County fulfills the mission of building a strong, vibrant community by helping donors provide perpetual funding for the people, projects, and passions of Jefferson County.

For more information about Community Foundation scholarships, visit the Scholarship page at www.cfmjc.org or contact Julie Wells at 812-274-0945 or by email julie@cfmjc.org.