For every $1,000 in tuition increase, enrollment among low income students drops 5 percent."
The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
The New York Times, March 24, 2017
Montclair Scholarship Fund, Inc. (MSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards scholarships to college-bound Montclair High School seniors with financial need.
Established in 1957 by the Montclair Board of Education to receive and administer private gifts to the public school system, MSF also administers several longstanding scholarships that are awarded by Montclair High School faculty and others.
MSF has no staff but is instead run by a volunteer board of trustees and three ex officio members of the Montclair Public School System: the President of the Board of Education, the Principal of Montclair High School, and the Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools.
How are MSF scholarships funded?
Individuals (current and former Montclair residents, Montclair High School alumni and their families) and local foundations are the primary source of funding. Bequests and planned giving are another source.
Who can apply for MSF awards?
Graduating Montclair High School seniors who are accepted at a college or university.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
No. However, the likelihood of success in college is a factor in determining scholarship awards.
How much are MSF awards?
In 2015 and 2016, MSF awards ranged from $250-$10,000; the median award was around $2,000. Award amounts vary from year to year based on donations received and scholarship availability. 2017 awards ranged from $500 to $10,000; the median award was approximately $2000.
How are MSF Scholarships awarded?
The MSF Scholarship Committee carefully and confidentially reviews each student’s application and supporting materials. The Committee also interviews each applicant during school hours in early May. After the interview, the Committee deliberates and awards scholarships considering the student’s high school record, interests and aptitudes, donor criteria (if applicable) and financial need. Funds are sent directly to the college or university after MSF receives verification of enrollment. Scholarship forms and instructions are provided by MSF to the student at the Montclair High School Awards Night.
For what expenses may the scholarship funds be used?
Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other academic-related supplies, as well as for room/board and transportation expenses related to school.