The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts offers the African American Achievement Scholarship Fund. African American residents of Franklin, Hampden or Hampshire Counties who attend four-year colleges and have participated in extracurricular activities. Please note that students do not apply to a specific scholarship(s). Students complete one online application through our website and we match them to all scholarships for which they meet the eligibility. Students attending college on a full-time or part-time basis. Upload your most recent transcript through the portal. You do not have to submit an official transcript but to be acceptable the transcript must show: Your name, the name of your college or high school, or clearly indicate the name of your school in the URL if you are printing from a student portal. All classes you have taken, with your grades, and those you are currently taking. Your cumulative GPA (if your school calculates GPA). In all cases, Community Foundation reserves the right to request an official transcript. Upload the Student Aid Report (SAR) you have completed for the next academic year. Do not upload the SAR for the academic year in which you are currently enrolled. Return to the portal often. All communication about your application with be through the portal. Be sure to provide us with the entire document (approximately six pages) and not just the confirmation page. This includes notification if you have been selected as a recipient. Except for a few awards, a studentÔÇÖs financial need is strongly taken into consideration. A studentÔÇÖs complete academic history is also considered, as are the essays. Scholarships are provided for one academic year and are not automatically renewed each year. You can reapply to our program every year you are going to attend college, and the application you submit that year will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.