With students beginning to receive college acceptance letters, Coastal Community Foundation is offering financial assistance to tri-county high school seniors who plan to pursue a two- or four-year college degree.

Made possible through the generosity of donors, awards ranging from $500-$5,000 and are awarded from the Foundation’s 28 scholarship funds. While applications are open to all seniors from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, some funds have been established to benefit students from particular geographic areas or high schools, those who are planning on attending certain post-secondary institutions, or who are entering certain fields of study.

Additionally, scholarships are awarded based on character and personality, involvement in extra-curricular and community activities, financial need, academic success aspirations and ability to overcome obstacles.

Applications are available online through Scholar Select. Prior to creating an online account, students should review the scholarship descriptions to determine their eligibility.

In completing one application, students can be considered for each of the foundation scholarships for which they are eligible.

Additionally, the service allows students to make online requests for recommendation letters from faculty, mentors, etc., who will submit the letters electronically. The deadline for completed applications is March 18.

For more information, contact Richard Hendry at richard@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

To access scholarship descriptions and the online application, visit www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org/nonprofits/scholarships.html.