The Catalyst Foundation Scholarship

The Catalyst Foundation provides a small number of need-based scholarships each year to promising young individuals to allow them to pursue educational opportunities at the post-secondary level. Catalyst scholarships may be used to pursue a formal degree, or to attend non-degree-granting educational programs such as language study or skills development programs. 

Applicants must have demonstrated financial need. Priority will be given to applicants who are displaced, from low and middle income countries, or from regions where educational opportunities are scarce.
The Catalyst Foundation Scholarship primarily serves as a bridging grant to supplement existing scholarships and financial aid. While the maximum amount of each award is $30,000, most finalists will receive between $3,000 and $7,000. The award may be used for all bona fide expenses associated with educational programs, including tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, travel expenses, etc. The award may not be used to pay any debts, outstanding balances, or outstanding loans. Those applicants who request funding for tuition and living costs above the amount of the average award are unlikely to receive support.  

Applications will be reviewed two times a year: March 15 and October 15. Award decisions will typically be made within 6 to 8 weeks of the application deadlines. Applicants should keep this timeline in mind when applying, as individual applications will not be considered outside of these two review periods. Scholarship finalists will be asked to provide evidence of financial need and proof of admission / enrollment to the indicated educational program. U.S. Citizens are ineligible for Catalyst Foundation Scholarships, as are Catalyst Foundation staff, trustees, and officers, and their family members.