Criteria for Selection
No single factor will be responsible for an applicant receiving a scholarship.
Factors which are considered include:
- Academic performance
- Letter of recommendation
- Professional activities
- Extracurricular activities
- Community involvement
- Written statements
- In some cases, financial need
The Scholarship Committee will review applications and make the selections in the spring. Winners of scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year will be notified by e-mail or mail by April 17th. Scholarship recipients are required to write a letter of appreciation to the scholarship donors and attend a formal award ceremony in September before payment is made for tuition.
Tips and Tricks
- Follow directions and answer questions completely.
- One of the quickest ways to lose out on a scholarship is to fail to follow the directions.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your application.
- Make it memorable and personal.
- Readers of your application play a significant part in deciding whether you land the scholarship or not. Your application is your chance to speak directly to the reader about why you’re the best candidate. Tell us about yourself: your dreams and goals for your future career. Explain how getting a scholarship will help you to achieve your goals. Be specific in your answers.
- Proofread and take the time to do it right.
- Remember that spell check doesn’t catch everything. Proofread your application to make sure that you don’t have any spelling or grammatical errors. Asking someone else to read it and provide feedback is also helpful. Friends, parents, and teachers can catch any mistakes you might have missed, as can online tools such as Grammarly or Scribens.
- Submit your letter of recommendation.
- Your letter can come from someone who knows you well.
- Give ample time for them to complete your letter—we lead busy lives.
- Tell them what the letter is for (example: for my college scholarship application).
- Let them know an email will be sent to them with a link for them to submit their letter.
- Thank them for their time.
- Don’t become discouraged if you don’t get awarded a scholarship right away.
- Unfortunately, it's sometimes difficult to win a scholarship, and not everyone is guaranteed to receive one. It's vital that you never give up applying for scholarships— because then you're guaranteed to never win one.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I am only a part-time student?
- Awards for students who are part-time (less than 12 credits for undergraduates and 6 credits for graduate students) will be prorated.
- When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?
- Notification of scholarship awards will be by email or a mailed letter in the Spring.
- Do I have to attend the scholarship reception receive my award?
- Yes, your scholarship may be rescinded if you fail to attend the ceremony and have not been excused prior to the event.
- Do I have to fill out a FAFSA?
- A FAFSA is required for any scholarships that requires financial need. It is the student's choice on filling out the FAFSA but not completing it will automatically disqualify you from any scholarships where financial need is part of the criteria.
- Are there scholarships available for international students?
- Yes, the foundation has a few scholarships for international students