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Scholarship FAQs

Scholarship FAQs


Scholarship Applicants

  • Who can apply for scholarships through the Community Foundation?

    Any student who is a graduating high school senior or older. This includes non-traditional adult students and students attending trade schools or working to obtain a degree beyond a bachelors. Please see the specific requirements of each scholarship for details on which ones you may be eligible for.

  • When is the application available?

    Our application will be available by the beginning of December each year. This is to allow students ample time to complete their application and to give them the opportunity to work on it over Christmas break if they choose. It may be available before that, but there are no guarantees. If the "apply now" link works, go ahead and start your application. If not, check back again soon!

  • How do I know if I'm eligible?

    Please read the criteria carefully for each scholarship you are interested in to determine eligibility. Scholarships are sorted by availability to either high school students only, adult students only, and some are eligible for both high school and adult students.

  • How do I apply?

    Simply follow this apply now link. You will choose your own login credentials. Please keep them in a safe place. This will allow you to log in and out as much as you want so you can complete your application at your own pace. If you applied to us last year, your login credentials should still work.

  • When are applications due?

    Applications are due no later than February 15 of each year. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • What is the difference between a high school student and an adult student?

    A high school student is any current graduating high school senior entering college as a freshman. An adult student is anyone attending schooling beyond their freshman year of continuing education. This can include college sophomores, juniors, seniors, students pursuing graduate work, or a variety of nursing programs, etc.

  • Are any of your scholarships renewable?

    The Community Foundation currently holds one renewable scholarship. The Armstrong County Building and Loan Association Scholarship. This means that if you are awarded the scholarship, you will automatically receive the scholarship for up to four years of schooling, pending our receipt of your most current transcripts to verify that your GPA remains within the permitted range, per that scholarships requirements.

  • Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

    Yes, we encourage students to apply for any and all scholarships that they are eligible for.

  • Can I apply multiple years in a row?

    Yes, students are eligible to apply for multiple years, provided they meet the eligibility requirements for each scholarship they are applying for. This remains true regardless of if they have received or been denied a scholarship in previous years.

  • How are the applicants scored/how are winners chosen?

    All eligible applications are reviewed by an independent committee. If you are a high school applicant, your scores are based off of the following criteria: class rank, GPA, SAT/ACT score, extracurricular activities, offices or leadership positions, community service, honors and awards, essay, and recommendations.
    If you are an adult applicant, your scores are based off of the following criteria: GPA, community service and volunteer activities, work history, essay, and recommendations.

    All independent committee members scores are then tallied and averaged. The independent committee will then meet and make their final decisions based on these scores.

  • When will I get notified if I've won any scholarships?

    There is no set date for notifications to go out, but you can expect to hear something from the Community Foundation by the end of April. We will send you a notification whether you are being awarded a scholarship or not.

Scholarship Winners

  • When will my school receive my award?

    Generally, scholarship checks go out the beginning of July, but there is no set date.

  • Where does the scholarship check go?

    If you are selected as a recipient, you will fill out a scholarship agreement form, which will include the address of the particular office at your school that processes scholarships. We will send the check directly to this address that you supply. A check is never given directly to the student.

  • Are scholarships awarded in one lump sum, or are they divided by semester?

    The scholarship(s) you are awarded are specifically for the year that you have applied for, not your entire academic career. While most schools award them in one lump sum, some may divide your award into two semesters per their scholarship policy. Our policy just requires them to be applied to your account in the appropriate school year.

  • What if I change majors?

    Please notify us immediately of any change of major. If your new chosen field still fits within the scholarships criteria, then there is no need to worry and we can still process your scholarship. If your new chosen field no longer fits the eligibility requirements of the scholarship, the Community Foundation may be forced to revoke the scholarship.

  • What if I change schools?

    If you have decided on a different school than what you listed on your scholarship agreement form, you need to notify the Community Foundation immediately. If your new chosen school still fits within the scholarships criteria, we will send the check to the new school. If this changes your eligibility, we may be forced to revoke the scholarship.

  • How do I know if my school received my scholarship award?

    Schools typically take several weeks to process scholarships. You will receive a notification from us that the check has been sent to the school. Please give it a few weeks and check with your schools online portal to see if they have credited your account. If not, please contact the school first to check on the status of your award. If the school says they haven't received it yet, please allow 1-2 more weeks for the school to process it before you contact us. Often times, it's just a slow process.