Scholarship FAQs

general criteria for aCSF scholarships:

  • Student is enrolled at Asheville High or SILSA and is in their senior year

  • Student will be attending a 2 or 4 year college or university

  • Student has demonstrated financial need (as indicated by their FAFSA)

  • Student has earned a weighted GPA of 2.75 (some exceptions may apply)

  • Student has supported the community through volunteer service

What is the process for ACSF scholarships?

We have one application for all scholarships. The application is online and only available in that format. The application process will open on December 2nd and applications will be due by February 28th. 

In November, look for posters at school with reminders of when the scholarship application will be open. A link to the application will be included in all advertising, as well as available on this page of our website. 

How are scholarship awardees determined?

A committee comprised of 10 members is carefully selected each year. We select from a diverse pool of retired teachers, active community members, college professors, ACS administrators and ACSF board members. The committee reviews all applications, reads the essays, and interviews the final round of eligible students. Committee scores are used to determine which students are most closely aligned with each scholarship’s criteria.

When will my family and I find out if I have received a scholarship?

There are two rounds of scholarship selection. In March the committee reads all applications and essays. The top 35-50 students are selected for interviews. Preference is given to students with financial need as determined by their FAFSA. Students are sent an email notifying them if they have received an interview to be considered for a scholarship. After the interview in late April, students and their families are notified that they have received a scholarship by the beginning of May, but do not know which scholarship they have been awarded until the Asheville High/SILSA Scholarship Night on May 26th.

Students are required to write a thank you letter to the family they are receiving their scholarship from before their funds are disbursed to their school.


Rebecca Abide
Development and Scholarship Coordinator