Scholarship frequently asked questions

Applying for a college scholarship can take time, but the effort can be well worth it. There are a few things you can do to prepare to apply for scholarships disbursed by the Kiwanis Children's Fund. We encourage you to read this information before completing your application.

Important: The Children's Fund only has information regarding the scholarship awards we disburse. We do not have information on scholarships offered through Kiwanis districts or clubs. If you have questions regarding a scholarship award that is not listed below, contact your school or the person with whom you have previously communicated for additional information.

Who can apply?
For all scholarship opportunities distributed by the Children's Fund, only members in good standing of Circle K International and Key Club International completing their final year of high school may apply. Review each scholarship application carefully for any additional requirements which may apply.

I'm in Key Club but I don't graduate this year. Can I still apply for scholarships now?
No, scholarship awards are only for graduating seniors. Check our website on November 1 of your final year in high school for available scholarship opportunities.

I am not a member of Key Club or CKI. Do you have any scholarships I can apply for?
Scholarship awards distributed by the Children's Fund are only for members of Key Club and CKI. Check with your school for additional scholarship opportunities you may qualify for, including any scholarships offered by your local Kiwanis club.

I'm a Kiwanis member with a son/daughter graduating high school this year. Are there any scholarships available for him/her?
Not at this time. Scholarship eligibility criteria is determined by each donor when they establish their donor advised fund. Currently all donors have restricted their scholarship awards to members of Key Club and CKI.

When can I apply?
Scholarship opportunities are posted on our website by November 1 each year. Please wait until the scholarship opportunities are posted to ask questions and begin the application process.

Can I include additional information with my application packet, such as a resume, photo, additional letters of recommendation, etc.?
No, only include the items requested. Uploading extra items in your application packet will disqualify your application from consideration.

Can my school mail my transcript? What about my letters of reference?
No, you must upload all required items in our scholarship management software, Foundant, to be considered. Application requirements may not be sent by mail or email.

When are scholarship applications due?

Scholarship applications must be submitted by February 1 for consideration. 

How will I find out if I was selected for a scholarship?
Scholarship recipients are personally notified by April 15. A full list of scholarship recipients will be listed on the Kiwanis Children's Fund website by July 1.

Will I be notified if I am not selected for a scholarship?
Yes, all applicants will be notified of our decision by May 1. 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Please contact the Kiwanis Children's Fund with any questions at scholarships@kiwanis.org.