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  • BEFORE YOU APPLY
    Q. Is there a scholarship for me?

    A. The Community Foundation provides an array of scholarship opportunities. Some are for students needing additional financial support, and some are for recognizing achievements, while others are to encourage the pursuit of certain majors. There are even some scholarships for adults. Please review the Eligibility Checklist to see if there’s a match for you. After reviewing it, if you are still uncertain or if you have any additional questions, please contact program director Tom Wickersham.
  • Q. Aren't scholarships only for smart students or low-income families?

    A. No. While many of the Community Foundation’s scholarships are for high-achieving students or those experiencing financial need, there are many others, nearly 50%, that are merit-based, which recognize students’ achievements, including academic, extra-curricular, and community service. In addition, there are scholarships that are designed to support certain academic pursuits, including nursing, engineering, and education. And some scholarships give preference to certain demographics, including Native American, African American, and women. Please be sure to check the Eligibility Checklist to see if there’s a scholarship for you.
  • Q. What if I don't know what college I'll be attending in the fall?
    A. The application asks you to submit the name of the college you’ll be attending in the fall and whether or not you’ve been accepted. If you don’t know which school you’ll be attending, indicate which school you feel is the one you’ll most likely attend. If you are not planning on attending college in the fall, you shouldn’t be applying.


  • Q. I've determined that I am eligible for a scholarship. How do I apply?
    A. You’ll need to log onto the online system to create an account. Once created, complete the common application and hit “submit.” Please review the following questions for more details.
  • LOGGING INTO YOUR ACCOUNT
    Q. When I try to set up an account it says that my email is already in use. What's up?
    A. Most likely you’ve already applied for a scholarship with this system before. Please contact program director Tom Wickersham to resolve this.
  • Q. I'm having trouble logging in. Help!

    A. First, start by clicking the “Trouble Signing In?” link. Follow those instructions to either resend the confirmation email or to recover your password. If that doesn’t work, please contact program director Tom Wickersham.
  • COMPLETING THE APPLICATION
    Q. Can I save my application and work on it another time?
    A. Yes. You can save your application as you go, and work on it as frequently as you want to, as long as you submit it by the deadline. You can answer the questions in any order that works for you.
  • Q. Do I need to upload an official transcript?
    A. No, an unofficial transcript will work. Be sure that the transcript is the most recent transcript.
  • Q. Why Is my transcript not uploading?
    A. Make sure the file you’re trying to upload is the correct file type—only .PDF, .DOC, and .JPG files are allowed. Also, be sure the file name doesn’t have any punctuation in it, specifically, no period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), or apostrophe (‘).
  • Q. How do I submit a letter of reference?
    A. You won’t submit a letter of reference, instead, you’ll have someone else submit a letter on your behalf. To do so, you will need to enter the name and email address of the person who has agreed to submit a letter of reference. Upon doing so, an automatic email will be sent to the reference provider with instructions and a link to submit the letter.
  • Q. Who can submit a letter of reference?
    A. A letter of reference from a teacher, principal, counselor, coach, church leader, community leader, or employer will be considered. However, letters of reference from an immediate family member will not be eligible. Ideally, you should identify someone who can speak about what makes you a good candidate for a scholarship. Be sure to get their approval first, before typing in their name and email address into the online application.
  • Q. How do I know if my teacher/coach/boss has submitted a letter of reference?
    A. To see the status of your letter of recommendation, log into your scholarship account and click on “References” on the top menu. This will show you the name, email, and the date you requested a letter or recommendation. Under “Status” it will say either “Submitted,” which means the letter is submitted and you are good to go, or it will say “Requested,” which means they have not yet submitted their letter. If you want to remind the reference provider, clicking on “Resend Request” will send a reminder email to your reference provider.
  • Q. Is it true I don't need to submit a copy of my Student Aid Report?
    A. Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which is sent to you after you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), is not required to apply for a Community Foundation scholarship. However, you are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your SAR, because without it, you won’t be considered eligible for the many scholarships that list financial need as one of its criteria.
  • Q. Can I get an extension on the deadline?
    A. No.
  • AFTER YOU APPLY
    Q. I've submitted my application. Now what?

    A.  First, you should receive an automatic email confirmation. If you don’t receive that, please contact program director Tom Wickersham. Additionally, you should check your account because your application may be matched to a scholarship opportunity that needs some additional information. This is known as a Recommended Opportunity.
  • Q. What is a Recommended Opportunity? Does that mean my application is not complete?

    A.  After you submit your application, sometimes it gets matched with one or more scholarship opportunities that require additional information. These are only suggestions and are entirely optional. You don’t need to complete them. Review the details of the Recommended Opportunity. If you feel that you fit the opportunity, go ahead and complete the additional answers. If you don’t feel it’s a good fit, just ignore this opportunity.
  • Q. Will I know how many scholarship opportunities my application is matched to?

    A. You won’t see which scholarships that your application is matched to unless it is matched to a Recommended Opportunity that requires additional information.  
  • Q. Who makes the selections?

    A. There are a number of scholarship selection committees that review, score, and make recommendations to the Community Foundation’s board for approval. Committee members are representatives of our community.
  • Q. When will I know if I got a scholarship?

    A. If you are a high school student and were selected for a scholarship, you will find out at your high school’s award ceremony, typically in May. For all other applicants, if you were selected for a scholarship, you will be notified via email in early June. Every applicant will know the results of your application—successful or otherwise—by email in mid-June.
  • ACCEPTING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP
    Q. I was awarded a scholarship. Now what?

    A. Every student who was awarded a scholarship will be sent an email in mid to late June with instructions on how to accept the award. To accept the award, log back into your scholarship account and follow the directions. This will be asking you to submit the following: proof of enrollment and a thank you letter for the donor. You have the option of submitting a photo that can be used when the Community Foundation announces the scholarship recipients.
  • Q. What is proof of enrollment?

    A. Proof of Enrollment can come in many, many forms. You might be surprised at how many documents you already have that would qualify as proof of enrollment. Something qualifies as proof of enrollment if it was issued by your college and has the following four details:
    1) Your name
    2) Your student ID number
    3) School’s name
    4) Dates enrolled 
    (can say “fall 201x”, “201x-201x” or something similar. Things like housing contracts, tuition bills, financial aid award letters, screenshots of online accounts, degree audits, etc. are all examples of documents that may qualify for proof of enrollment. The only thing that won’t qualify as proof of enrollment is a letter of admission.
  • Q. Will my class schedule be okay for proof of enrollment?
    A. It may, but only if it has the 4 required details listed above.
  • Q. Will my U-bill work for proof of enrollment?
    A. It may, but only if it has the 4 required details listed above.
  • Q. I have a certificate of enrollment. That should work, right?

    A. Does it have the 4 required details listed above? Then, yes it will work. If not, then it won’t work.
  • Q. My school says it won't provide proof of enrollment until after I've been at school for a week. What do I do now?

    A. Your school’s definition of proof of enrollment is different than the Community Foundation’s. We only need a document that has the four details as outlined above. It can come in many forms, including housing contracts, tuition bills, etc. Colleges and universities might not think of a tuition bill as proof of enrollment, but if that document has the four details on it, then it works for proof of enrollment for your scholarship.
  • Q. Will a letter of acceptance work for proof of enrollment?

    A. No. 
  • Q. Why is my proof of enrollment not uploading?

    A. Make sure the file you’re trying to upload is the correct file type—only .PDF, .DOC, and .JPG files are allowed. Also, be sure the file name doesn’t have any punctuation in it, specifically, no period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), or apostrophe (‘).


  • Q. Why is my photo not uploading?

    A. Make sure the file you’re trying to upload is the correct file type—only .JPG, .JPEG, and .TIF files are allowed. Also, be sure the file name doesn’t have any punctuation in it, specifically, no period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), or apostrophe (‘).
  • Q. I've submitted my proof of enrollment and thank you. Will I get a confirmation? When will I get my scholarship payment?

    A.  After submitting your scholarship acceptance materials, you won’t receive a confirmation email. Instead, your information will be reviewed by our staff to ensure everything is in order. If so, we’ll begin processing your scholarship payment. If not, we’ll contact you and request additional documentation. Scholarship payment details are outlined below.
  • GETTING PAYMENT

  • Q. When will I get my scholarship check?
    A. First of all, you won’t be receiving a check. Instead, the check will be issued to your college/university. If you’ve submitted your scholarship acceptance materials on time and correctly, your check will be issued on August 7.
  • Q. I just got my bill and it doesn’t show my scholarship on it. What happened?
    A. Typically, there’s an overlap – at the same time that your scholarship check is being issued and sent in the mail, your college is sending out its latest bill. So, that usually means the scholarship payment is not reflected on the bill in early August. We encourage you to wait 5 business days after we issued your scholarship (August 7 or the Friday before if August 7 is on the weekend) before contacting your school to confirm receipt of the scholarship payment.
  • Q. I just got my bill and it shows my scholarship as having been received, but it’s for half of the amount I expected. Why is that?
    A. Typically, colleges will apply half of the scholarship to your fall tuition and half to your spring tuition. That’s why you only see half of the scholarship amount on your fall bill.
  • Q. What happens to my scholarship if I transfer mid-year?
    A. Your college will typically refund any unspent portion of your scholarship to the Community Foundation. We can re-issue that refund to your new college, but we need you to contact us to let us know which school you’re transferring to. Like your first school, we’ll need proof of enrollment in order to reissue the scholarship refund.
  • Q. I was awarded a scholarship that is paid out over multiple years. What do I need to do to get each payment?
    A. Each summer you will be contacted by our office to submit the necessary documentation for the new school year’s payment.
For more information or other questions, please email Tom Wickersham, Program Director, or reach him by phone at 319-243-1356.