Eligibility Requirements




Applicants must be:

  • An entering or returning student at an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States and must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours).
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, BFA, BSN for example) for the first time. Students in one-year or two-year certificate or associate’s degree programs do qualify, however, award amounts will be lowered. 
  • A United States citizen or noncitizen who has a current lawful presence in the United States and a work permit.

Academic Achievement

Applicants should:

  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be enrolled in a demanding course of study


Citizenship, Character and Serious-Mindedness

Strong applicants would:

  • Demonstrate a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society both present and future
  • Be involved in a balance of community, school and work activities
  • Pursue goals and aspirations with integrity, resolution, self-discipline and judgment
  • Demonstrate leadership characteristics and/or assumed leadership positions
  • Exhibit grit when faced with hardship



The Foundation, in making grants, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national or ethnic origin. Directors, employees and volunteers (current or former) of the Cora Sue Smith From The Heart Fund, or any member of the family of any such directors, employees and volunteers are ineligible to receive grants from the Foundation.  


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