1.) How will I know who won?
Our committee meets to select winners 7-10 days after the close of the scholarship round. At that time, the winners are contacted via email to confirm eligibility. Finalists are announced on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sreducationgroup). If a winner is not eligible to accept the scholarship, the award defaults to one of the other finalists. After eligibility has been confirmed, we will post our winners on our Facebook page, as well as on our winner archive (www.sreducationgroup.org/scholarships).
2.) Do I have to be enrolled?
Unless otherwise stated, our scholarships are currently only available to U.S. residents who are enrolled at an accredited institute of higher learning in the United States. Students must be enrolled at the school for which the award will be applied. We pay the scholarship check directly to the school on the student’s behalf and we reference the student’s name and student ID in the Memo field of the check.
3.) Is this scholarship only available to undergrad students?
No. Unless otherwise stated, as long as the student is enrolled full-time at an accredited school, he or she may pursue any major, concentration, or degree level available. The selection committee tends to favor students with a clear plan for achieving academic success and improving the quality of life for the student, his or her family, and the community at large. If you can make a persuasive argument for a PhD in Fantasy Studies, it will receive as much consideration as a Radiology Technician Certificate.
4.) Do I have to provide any personal information?
Our application form includes standard contact information (name, phone, email, city, state) which will only be used to communicate with applicants who submit their information. We do not share this information with outside organizations.
5.) What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount determined by your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) report. This is a numerical estimate of the parents’ and/or student’s ability to contribute to his or her education. Though this is a useful number when establishing financial need, it is by no means the primary determining factor in our search committee's selection. Often, scholarship applicants will have a high EFC, but due to circumstances, their actual available contribution might fall well below that number. We ask that you provide the number outlined in the FAFSA and take the opportunity to elaborate on your financial situation or circumstances that might qualify you for our scholarship in the short essay responses.
6.) When are applications due?
Applications are due at midnight (12am Eastern Time) on the scholarship deadline.
7.) Are international students eligible?
At this time, our scholarships are only available to students enrolled at U.S. institutions of higher learning; however, we maintain a close watch on scholarships around the web and post what we find on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/sreducationgroup). We also have an active community of visitors and professionals who could be a great resource for additional options, so we strongly encourage you to visit and post questions on our board.
International students studying in the U.S. must be legal U.S. residents. At this time, our scholarships are available to U.S. residents, so if you hold resident status at a U.S. university, you may be eligible to apply for our scholarships—remember, this is a tax distinction, rather than immigration. If you are a legal U.S. resident alien, you are eligible. Your school’s admissions and financial aid departments should be able to help you make the distinction.
8.) Why do you exclude applications from Rhode Island, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands?
These states/territories have specific restrictions regarding awards of this nature. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please contact us.
9.) How do I submit my eligibility material?
All eligibility is confirmed after a winner has been selected, so you don't need to worry about submitting FAFSA, proof of residency, DD214 Military, or other eligibility material unless we contact you and request the information. The only thing you need to submit for the application process is the electronic application form and short-answer essays--which can be completed completely online.
If you experience any issues with your submission or if you have additional questions about our scholarship process, please don't hesitate to contact us.