Scholarship frequently asked questions

Eligibility

Who can apply? 

For all scholarship opportunities awarded 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 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? 
No, only Key Club and CKI members are eligible for scholarships distributed by the Children's Fund. Check with your school for others you may qualify for. You may be eligible for a scholarship offered by your local Kiwanis club, district or district foundation. 
 
I'm a Kiwanis member whose child is graduating high school this year but is not a member of Key Club. Are any scholarships available for him/her? 
Not at this time. Scholarship eligibility criteria are determined by each donor when they establish the fund. Currently all donors have restricted their scholarship awards to members of Key Club and CKI. 

 

Applying

How do I apply?  

Create an account with Foundant, our online scholarship management system. That’s where you can view all scholarship opportunities and submit your application. Only online applications are accepted.   
 
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.  

When are scholarship applications due? 

Scholarship applications must be submitted by February 1 for consideration.  

How can I check the status of my application?  

Your application and decision status will be on your applicant dashboard for each scholarship in Foundant.  

The application stages are: 

  • Draft: Your application has been started, but not submitted. 
  • Submitted: Your application has been submitted. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to provide more specific information regarding the status of your application. 

The decision stages are:  

  • Approved: You have been selected as a scholarship recipient and will be notified by email in April.
  • Denied: You were not selected as a scholarship recipient and will be notified by email. 
  • Undecided: The committees are still reviewing the scholarships and no decisions have been made. 
  • Abandoned: Your request is no longer under consideration. If you started an application in error, at the bottom of the application you can select, “Abandon Request” which will delete this application from our candidate pool. 

Please note: If you abandon an application, it is available in read-only form. You can no longer edit or submit it.  

How will I be notified if I was selected for a scholarship? 

Scholarship recipients are notified by email in April.  
 
Will I be notified if I am not selected for a scholarship? 
Yes, all applicants will be notified by email.  

Application requirements 

Can I include additional information with my application, such as a resume, photo, additional letters of recommendation, etc.? 

No, only include the items requested in our online application. 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, all required items must be uploaded to our scholarship management software, Foundant, to be considered. Application requirements may not be sent by mail or email. 

Do I have to provide an official transcript? 

No. To keep costs low for applicants, an unofficial transcript can be provided.  

If I am applying to more than one scholarship, do I need to have different personal statements and letters of recommendation for each one?

No. If you are applying to more than one scholarship, you will still only complete one universal application through the Children’s Fund. This means you’ll only need to provide one contact for your letter of recommendation — their letter will be applied to all scholarship opportunities you are applying for.


Other

Do you have information for all the Kiwanis family scholarships available? 

No. The Children's Fund only has information regarding the scholarship awards we award. We do not have information on scholarships offered through Kiwanis districts, foundations or clubs. If you have questions regarding a scholarship award that is not listed in our scholarship opportunities, contact your school or the person with whom you have previously communicated. 
 
Who do I contact if I have additional questions? 
Please contact the Kiwanis Children's Fund at scholarships@kiwanis.org.