Scholarship Program

Academic year 2018-2019 is now closed!


There are 2 specific purposes for the scholarship program:

  1. The establishment of an incentive to excel in academic performance; and
  2. The pursuit of higher education.

Target population

Circassian college students pursuing higher college education.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Circassian college students registered, as full-time students, in the academic year 2018-2019 in freshman, sophomore, junior and senior college levels.
  2. Enrollment in an accredited college or university in the USA.
  3. US citizen or permanent resident. However, international students may be eligible on a case by case basis. The Foundation may award limited scholarships to international Circassian students based upon the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  4. Students with full financial aid do not qualify for a scholarship. The Circassian Education Foundation has the right to ask the student to obtain an official letter from the college or university clarifying their financial status.

This year's Scholarship program deadline (October 15, 2018) will not be extended.

The number of scholarships and amount awarded has been decided and will be awarded based on a first come first serve bases. Therefore, please be sure to complete your online application with all supporting documents as early as possible.


Each applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. Fill out an online application Scholarship online application form
  2. Submit an online essay of a minimum of 500 words.

    The Circassian Education Foundation (CEF) was established in 2005. In that year, its mission was declared as: “The Circassian Education Foundation shall strive to promote education, culture, knowledge and acquisition of modern life skills to all Circassians in the USA and the world. It shall specifically emphasize the inspiration and support of children and youth toward higher education. Ten years later this mission remains unchanged.

    In November of 2005 the CEF launched its first scholarship program. In the past 10 years, the scholarship has become a continuous success, awarding over $ 400,000 to hundreds of the youth of our community.

    One of the most important areas of need for improvement, that the CEF has faced every year, is how to engage and involve the growing number of prior scholarship recipients to support education of the next generations of students through the CEF. There is a strong need to create a community of prior scholarship recipients to provide support for the CEF activities and help the next generations of students.

    Essay Topics

    1. What one person, event, or circumstance has inspired you to pursue a higher level of education? For example, feel free to reflect on the wisdom of a mentor, a school teacher, a hero, or an inspirational book. Please tell us your story.
    2. What do you feel is the most serious problem confronting your community today? What actions would you take to help alleviate some of these problems?
    3. Explain the importance of (your major) in today’s society. Why did you choose this particular major? What are the most important issues your field is facing today? Where do you think your subject will be like in the next 10 years?

    The essays will be scored by the CEF scholarship essay judges. The scores will be ranked. In addition to receiving higher level scholarships, summaries of the proposed projects of the top essays will be presented at the CEF gala dinner of November 2018. Furthermore, the CEF board of directors will give serious consideration to the implementation of the top essays as real projects in the future.

    An essay less than the 500 words will automatically disqualified from the scholarship

  3. Mail original documents of test scores from testing organizations (unofficial documents will not be accepted) - Freshman level students must submit the SAT scores. Sophomore, junior and senior level students must submit official GPA scores by the college or university (unofficial documents will not be accepted). All official and original documents must be mailed to the Circassian Education Foundation P.O. Box 2276, Wayne, NJ 07470.
  4. Submit proof of full-time enrollment in an accredited college or university in the USA. Official Transcripts from the University or College must be mailed to the Circassian Education Foundation P.O. Box 2276, Wayne, NJ 07470.
  5. The number of times students can apply for this scholarship is: county college students (normally a 2 year college) three years or three attempts and four year college students are limited to five years or five attempts.
  6. Incomplete applications will be ineligible. (if all the above items are not met your application will be incomplete and thus ineligible for a scholarship - you will not receive a scholarship.)
  7. On September 30th, 2018, the CEF will hold a scholarship orientation meeting at the CBA at 11:00 a.m. All applicants are required to attend; failure to attend will disqualify students of the scholarship. Out of state students are exempt.
  8. Students must sell at least 2 tickets for the party, tickets to be obtained from Board members.

*** Failure to comply and meet any of the above 8 requirements will disqualify you from receiving the scholarship for this year.***

The applications will be reviewed and the applicants will be ranked according to their essay scores and SAT or GPA scores. A number of scholarships will be awarded starting and descending from the highest rank. In addition to the general scholarship awards, the applicants with the top essays and the applicants with the top SAT or GPA scores will receive additional awards. The final number of scholarships will be determined by the Circassian Education Foundation Board of Directors depending on the amounts of scholarship funds raised throughout the year.

Scholarship dinner

The annual scholarship awards dinner will be held at the

Time: TBD
Date: TBD
Location: TBD

At the dinner, the scholarship awards will be announced. Each winner will receive an acknowledgment certificate from the Circassian Education Foundation and a check in the amount of the award. The scholarship award will be payable to the college or university in which the student is registered.

Scholarship winners must attend the scholarship award ceremony
Out of state students are exempted

Fund raising

The Circassian Education Foundation is a nonprofit tax exempt organization. Donations may be tax deductible. Donations of any amount will be acceptable.


The online scholarship application deadline is October 15, 2018. All applicants must provide all supporting original and official documents to the CEF's P.O. Box or hand delivered to one of the directors before Nov 6th, 2018 otherwise you will be disqualified from this year’s scholarship program. There will be NO EXCUSES accepted if you, your college or university delivers these documents after the deadline date of Nov 6th, 2018. We strongly suggest that you continually check with your college or university and CEF emails that there are not missing documents for your chances in obtaining a scholarship this year.