Scholarship Program

Academic year 2020-2021 is now Opened!

What is new in the CEF scholarship program this year?

Due to the great success achieved by our scholarship program over the past 16 years awarding more than $640,000 to over 430 students, and due to the desire to sustain this important program in the face of challenges in fundraising, the Circassian Education Foundation (“CEF”) has made several changes this year. These include:

  1. Virtual students orientation video conference (November 8, 2020, at 12:00 PM EST)
  2. Deadline for online application is November 22nd 2020
  3. The number of awarded scholarships will be limited to the following:
    • One (1) Platinum level scholarship of $2,000 for the applicant with the top combined scores of essay and GPA.
    • One (1) Gold level scholarship of $1,500 for the applicant with the second top combined scores of essay and GPA.
    • One (1) Silver level scholarship of $1,250 for the applicant with the top GPA score of students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes.
    • One (1) Silver level scholarship of $1,250 for the applicant with the top SAT score of students in the freshman class.
    • Twelve (12) Bronze level scholarships up to $1,000 with the top combined scores of essay and either GPA (for sophomores, junior and seniors) or SAT (for freshmen).
    • One (1) top university scholarship will be $2,500 for the applicant enrolled in one of the top 20 universities in America. This will be awarded once per year. If more than one applicant applies in a given year, the applicant with the highest GPA will be awarded. Additional applicants will be assigned to the general pool of regular scholarships.

    *** if we obtain more funds we will extend the bronze level awards ***


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 2020-2021 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 who receive, in aggregate, full financial aid or a full scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year from sources other than the CEF will be disqualified. The CEF 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 (midnight of November 22, 2020) will not be extended and no exceptions will be made. The CEF shall not be responsible for any late submissions that result from the malfunctioning of the CEF website, the CEF scholarship portal, or delays resulting from any other technical or procedural difficulties arising in connection with any application, either caused by the CEF, its agents or any third parties.



Each applicant is required to submit the following:

  1. Fill out an online Scholarship application form
  2. Submit an online essay of a minimum of 500 words.
  3. The essay topic must be any one of the following choices:

    1. 2020 will be remembered for years to come as the year of COVID-19 pandemic. How did it affect your life and society so far? Discuss the profound changes this crisis could bring to our education system, jobs, economy, social relationships and culture?
    2. What does it mean to be a young Circassian in today’s global economy, global culture, and mass communication? Discuss the challenges your generation is facing today?
    3. How do you define ethics? and what is the basis of ethics? is it law? religion? UN declaration of human rights, common community standards? How would different definitions and bases for ethics affect your life?

    The essays will be scored blindly 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 in January 2021. 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 be automatically disqualified from the scholarship and no exceptions will be made.

    *** Upon being awarded – students will be required to email a 2x2 digital picture of the student that will be displayed during the gala. ***

  4. Mail original documents of test scores from testing organizations (unofficial documents will not be accepted) - Freshman level students must submit official SAT score reports mailed directly from The College Board to the CEF. Sophomore, junior and senior level students must submit official GPA scores mailed directly from the college or university to the CEF (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. This requirement applies to all applicants.
  5. Submit proof of full-time enrollment in an accredited college or university in the USA for the academic year 2020-2021. Official Transcripts from the university or college must be mailed to the Circassian Education Foundation P.O. Box 2276, Wayne, NJ 07470.
  6. The number of times students can apply for this scholarship is as follows. County college students (normally a 2-year college) are limited to three (3) years (i.e., three (3) attempts); and four-year college students are limited to five (5) years (i.e., five (5) attempts).
  7. Incomplete applications will be ineligible. If all the above items are not met, your application will be incomplete and thus ineligible for a scholarship (i.e., you will not receive a scholarship). EXCEPT FOR THE SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS SPECIFIED HEREIN, APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE REVISED, AMENDED OR SUPPLEMENTED PAST THE NOVEMBER 22, 2020 DEADLINE.
  9. Each scholarship recipient is required to sell at least twenty (20) raffle tickets for the scholarship awards gala. Tickets can be obtained from Board members.

*** Failure to comply with and meet any of the above requirements will disqualify you from receiving a scholarship for this year and no exceptions will be made for any reason. ***

Scholarship Virtual Gala

The annual scholarship awards gala will be held at the

Time: 12:00 PM
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Online

At the event, the scholarship awards will be announced. Each winner will receive an acknowledgment certificate from the CEF 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 gala with proof of purchase of attending the event. Failure to purchase the online scholarship award gala and ceremony will result in forfeiture of scholarship.

Fund raising

The CEF is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Donations may be tax deductible. Donations of any amount are encouraged.


The online scholarship application deadline is November 22, 2020. All applicants must provide all supporting original and official documents (i.e., proof of enrollment, transcripts and SAT score reports) to the CEF's P.O. Box or by hand delivery to one of the Directors no later than November 22, 2020, otherwise you will be disqualified from this year’s scholarship program. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS if you, your college/university or The College Board delivers these documents after the deadline date of November 22, 2020. 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.

Scholarship Form

The essay must be your own original writing. Copying and plagiarizing essays will result in disqualification from the scholarship. The required word count of the essay is a minimum of 500 words.

Pledge by scholarship applicant

Hereby I pledge to give my full support, to the best of my ability, now and in the future, to cause of education of all Circassians. I also pledge to give my full support, to the best of my ability, now and in the future, to the Circassian Education Foundation in its mission and activities to promote education, culture, knowledge and acquisition of modern life skills to all Circassians in the USA and the world. I specifically emphasize the inspiration of children and youth toward higher education. I shall make supporting and participating in charitable work a very important part of my life.