2014 Scholarship Applications
How To Apply For A Scholarship
The Community Foundation of Jackson County administers many scholarship funds with various criteria. The following information is intended to ensure you know what is required in order to be considered for each of the awards for which you qualify.
All scholarship applications are available from the students' high school guidance office or online at the CFJC website: www.dbqfoundation.org/CFJC.
Fill out each scholarship application completely. Failure to complete ALL sections will disqualify your application. You may qualify and apply for more than one scholarship.
You may qualify and apply for more than one scholarship.
All applications are due Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by 4:00 pm. You may deliver applications to the CFofJC office or your high school guidance office.
You must submit SEPARATE applications for each scholarship, in addition to SEPARATE copies of transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Be sure you include information that demonstrates how you match the criteria each scholarship seeks.
Be sure to include all materials requested. This may include the following, along with letters of recommendation:
You may submit your application without copies of your transcripts, as long as transcripts have already been requested from your high school or college/university and are being sent to the Foundation. The Foundation office will match up your transcripts with your application, so long as they are received in a timely manner.
Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This form form is required for scholarship awards based on documented financial need. Upon completion of the federal government form, send it to the address as indicated. (This is the form you fill out to qualify for all grants and/or loans.) You can submit this information online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
All CFJC scholarship applications must be received in the Community Foundation office or high school guidance office by April 1 at 4:00 pm. (NO EXCEPTIONS!) Applications postmarked April 1 will not be considered - please plan accordingly.
Generous donations to the Community Foundation of Jackson County have made these scholarships possible. It is the intention of the Foundation to be able to offer all scholarships each year, however award amounts may vary each year.
Full And Part-Time Attendance
Unless otherwise noted, all scholarship amounts are based on full-time attendance with 12 or more credit hours per semester. You will be required to submit Verification of Enrollment for both semesters, which needs to reflect full or part-time enrollment.
Thank You Letters
Scholarship recipients will be provided with the name & address of donors or families who helped make the scholarship funds possible. It is expected that the students thank those donors & families. You may wish to express the following:
Your appreciation for the award
How the award will assist you
Your education and career goals
Tips For Success
Follow all instructions with care. Pay attention to the required information and supporting documentation needs. If letters of recommendation are requested, include them with your application. If they are NOT requested, do not include them. The will not be considered unless specifically requested.
Make sure the information you provide explains your interest in the academic program you have chosen and why you believe you are uniquely qualified to receive the scholarship.
If you have unique experiences which meet specific scholarship criteria, be sure to include that information in your essays.
Outline your short and long-range career plans and include a brief personal outline of your background in the essays.
Include recent honors or awards received (academic, professional, civic, etc.) and involvement in community groups/organizations.
Applicants are responsible for providing correct and complete information. MACF will not contact the applicant to request additional information, should the application materials be incomplete.
Frequently Asked Questions
To Be Considered For More Than One Scholarship, Do I Need To Fill Out Multiple Applications?
Yes. You must submit an original application for each scholarship applied for. Be sure to request copies of all additional materials, as well. For college transcripts which require a fee be paid per transcript, we will accept one original copy and will make copies for you. Please request these transcripts early.
Who Selects Scholarship Recipients?
Special committees made up of volunteers are formed to review & evaluate scholarship applications. The committees meet in April to make recommendations based on scholarship criteria. All identifying applicant information is obscured so applicant identities are not known by our volunteer evaluators.
When Are Awards Announced?
For most of the scholarships, recipient selection is completed by late May. High School seniors will receive their notification at the high school awards ceremonies. Current college students, adults and non-traditional students will receive notification in June. Notices to those students will be sent in the mail.
How Is Financial Need Determined?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required for all scholarships based on financial need. Upon completion of the government form, send it to the address as indicated. (This is the form you must complete to qualify for grants and loans.) After you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) which contains an amount called the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the information you must submit with your scholarship application, in order to be considered for need-based scholarships.
Are Transcripts And Letters Of Recommendation Needed?
Transcripts are required of all scholarship applications. If you have completed your GED or received a high school diploma through an alternative program, please submit proof of completion along with your completed application.
Letters of recommendation are only required of those scholarships which request them. If they are required, it will be noted in the Scholarship Guidelines and on the Scholarship Application. Please do not include letters of recommendation unless they are requested. Excess materials are removed from applications for which they are not requested, so they will not aid your application.
How Do I Claim My Scholarship Award?
Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college, university or trade school the student is attending. The institution is instructed that these funds should not reduce funding already awarded to the student. In order for scholarship funds to be paid out, the student must request the school send Verification of Enrollment be sent to the Community Foundation office. This may be requested of the Registrar, the Financial Aid office or other office at your school.
Verification of Enrollment must indicate if the student is registered for the Fall & Spring semesters and must show enrollment on a full or part-time basis.
If I Am Awarded A Scholarship, How Long Will I Receive Funding?
Schools are instructed to split the award equally between the fall & spring semesters. Once the current academic year has concluded, your funding will cease. Some scholarships are awarded to students in their second or subsequent years. This is noted in their descriptions (ex. 'seniors or successors'). You will need to re-apply for these scholarships on a yearly basis.