Education Grants

Education is the First Step to Self Reliance

Since there is a clear relationship between poverty and a lack of education, we believe that removing barriers to education also removes barriers to self-sufficiency. We also believe that as stewards for our intellect, talents, and gifts, we have a responsibility to develop them and use them in service to others. To that end, we are committed to helping our participants seek out and take advantage of opportunities for education that will then help them support their families and serve others. 


How ELM Education Grants Work

ELM Education Grants may be used to meet any funding gaps for degree programs at two year and four year colleges as well as for trade certification and are not limited to tuition assistance. Grants may be used to fund housing and living expenses once all other scholarships, grants, and aid are applied.

In addition to funding assistance, a development plan and ongoing coaching will be provided to scholarship recipients. Our goal is to give students the support they need to complete their certification/degree and become employed.

Education Grants are awarded after referral to The ELM Foundation by a nonprofit agency representative, clergy, or community leaders.  Preference is given to any high school or community college graduate with demonstrated need and academic potential who has an established work history and commitment to service.

ELM Education Grants Deadlines

The ELM Foundation Grants Committee meets three times a year to consider education grants with final approval by the Board of Directors. 

  • Applications for Fall 2020 semester are due May 1, 2020 

  • Applications for the Winter/Spring 2021 semester are due September 1, 2020 


ELM Education Grants Criteria

Grants will be awarded based on applicant need and potential. The ELM Grants Committee and Board will consider the following: 

  1. Eligible for a full Pell grant 

  2. Anticipated student loans for four years will not be more than anticipated first year starting salary

  3. Family has extenuating circumstances

  4. Potential employability based on chosen career path

  5. Applicant will not be able to attend school without ELM grant

  6. Applicant’s expenses are reasonable and include a willingness to accept lower cost alternative program options such as attending a state school or community college 

The ELM Foundation     7501 Memorial Parkway SW Suite 115, Huntsville AL 35802      256-217-7141

ELM is a 501 (c) (3) organization and contributions are deductible under section 170 of the IRS code.