We know you have questions! Below are answers to questions we hear often. Have more? Contact us!
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- Some of the application materials list a general Scholarships email. Is there a real person I can talk to if I have questions?
- I don’t quite meet all the criteria for a scholarship. Can I still apply?
- Unfortunately not. If a scholarship lists specific criteria, we’re restricted to awarding only students that meet those criteria.
- What do I do if I receive a scholarship through Triangle Community Foundation?
- We will need you to confirm your contact information, the school where you’re enrolled, and your Student ID number. We WILL NOT process a scholarship check without this information. If you’ve received a scholarship, please look out for a request to submit it in your email!
- If I receive a scholarship, what does it cover?
- Each of our scholarship covers different, specific things—some are tuition and fees only, but some also cover books, room and board and/or a computer. What your scholarship covers should be listed in your award notification, but if you’re not sure, please ask us.
- How does my scholarship get to my school?
- We will mail a check directly to your school. Don’t worry—we know where to send it! We don’t expect you to find this information. Some scholarships are one payment per year (for the academic year) and some are two (one per semester.) Your award notification should tell you which payment plan your scholarship is—but if you’re not sure, please ask us.
- My scholarship is for multiple years. How do I make sure that I continue receiving my scholarship?
- You’ll need to complete a scholarship report each semester, to help us verify that you’re still enrolled and meeting the GPA minimum for your scholarship. Your scholarship donor(s) also read these—they like to hear about you! Please make sure you keep us up to date on your email, so you continue receiving the link to complete your report.
Please note: These tips are for scholarships managed internally by the Foundation. Some scholarship applications are managed externally by other groups such as high schools or fraternities and overseen by the Foundation. If you are not sure who administers a scholarship application process, please ask us.
- What information do I need to have before I can start applying for a scholarship?
- You should plan to have a copy of your transcript, a list of your extracurriculars and work experience, and an idea of what you want to communicate to the scholarship committee—career goals, how you’ve been involved in your community, what you want to pursue in college, etc. For scholarships that consider financial need, you will likely also need a copy of your family’s tax returns or your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA.
- What happens when I hit ‘submit’ on my application? When will I find out if I received the scholarship?
- When you hit submit, a Foundation staff member will review your application to be sure it’s complete, and you’re eligible for the scholarship. If additional information is needed, you will be contacted via email (so please make sure you check the email address you listed on your application!). Several weeks after the deadline (after all submitted applications have been reviewed), complete & eligible applications will be sent on to a committee for review. Committees typically spend several weeks reviewing applications and then meet to make decisions. You will be notified as soon as decisions are made.
- Why does it take so long for me to hear back about my scholarship application?
- We receive hundreds of applications, so reviewing them takes a while. Committees are also made up of community members and they need time to review the applications assigned to them!
- Does anyone actually read my application?
- YES! Our staff reviews all applications; if your application is complete and you’re eligible for the scholarship, it’s also read by multiple committee members before a decision is made.
- Do you have a sample application I can read?
- No—because we expect that applications will be different just like the students that submit them. We want to know about you! That will likely mean your essay, writing style, and other application pieces will be different from someone else.
- What are some tips for writing the essay?
- Make sure you read the prompt! If it asks about specific things (your career goals, adversity you’ve overcome, community service, etc.) be sure you address those. Even if you have a great essay, if it doesn’t address the topic the committee may not see you as a great fit for the scholarship.
- Proofread! Make sure your essay has correct spelling and grammar. Ask a friend, teacher, or mentor to read it over before you submit it.