Scholarships FAQs

 

What scholarship programs do you offer? How much are the scholarships for, and are they renewable? How do I know if I'm eligible for one of them?

Do you offer scholarships for graduate studies?

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Can I fax or e-mail my application?

How and when will I be notified if I receive a scholarship? Can I call to follow up?

 

What are my chances for receiving a scholarship?

If my application is declined, can you tell me why?

Can I apply for more than one scholarship at a time?

If I receive a scholarship, what do I have to do for you?

What can my scholarship be used for?

If I am awarded, how do I receive my funds?

Are the scholarships awarded sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?

Are these scholarship grants taxable?

What happens if I change majors, transfer schools or drop out?

Are scholarships renewable?

If I receive a scholarship grant, should I send a thank you note to the donor? Where do I send it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What scholarship programs do you offer? How much are the scholarships for, and are they renewable? How do I know if I'm eligible for one of them?
The Foundation manages a number of scholarship programs. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the fund is established. Click here for information on eligibility and application deadlines.

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Do you offer scholarships for graduate studies?
Yes. Click here to conduct a scholarship search to see what scholarships might be available.

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How do I apply for a scholarship?
Click here to visit our online application portal. To apply, students must create an account that includes a login (email format) and password.

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Can I fax or e-mail my application?
No. All applicaiton materials must be submitted online unless otherwise stated. We recommend that you start early gather the necessary tax documents to fill out the FAFSA when it becomes available, and request a copy of your transcript once your applicable semester is completed.  Online applications can only be submitted once all required support documents have been uploaded.

Handwritten applications will not be considered. 

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How and when will I be notified if I receive a scholarship? Can I call to follow up?

Scholarship FAQs - Hawaii Community Foundation

You will be notified online after the selection committees meet, which may be any time between April and June. You will receive your award after you have accepted your award online and your completed Acceptance Form has been submitted and verified.  Scholarships are paid to the school you are attending in mid June.  

 

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What are my chances for receiving a scholarship?
Volunteer scholarship selection committees review all applications and select recipients based on availability of funds and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Competition for scholarships is strong and meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee funding.

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If my application is declined, can you tell me why?
The Foundation is unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

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Can I apply for more than one scholarship at a time?
You are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which you meet eligibility requirements.

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If I receive a scholarship, what do I have to do for you?

  • Submit your onine Scholarship Acceptance Form accepting the responsibilities of the Scholarship Fund.
  • Notify the Foundation of any changes in status within two weeks of the change.
  • Reply promptly to requests for information.
  • Notify The Foundation of your campus address and phone number (if applicable) or other contact information.
  • Notify The Foundation immediately if you stop attending school.

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What can my scholarship be used for?
Scholarship FAQs - Hawaii Community Foundation

Unless otherwise stated, the scholarship can be used for any educational expenses related to your school’s cost of attendance, which may include tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other miscellaneous school expenses for the awarded academic year.

Please refer to each fund description for more detail.

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If I am awarded, how do I receive my funds?
Scholarship checks are sent directly to your school’s student accounts or financial aid office. If your scholarship check has not been issued to your school on your behalf by these dates, please contact Foundation For The Carolinas as we may be missing documentation needed to process a payment.

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Are the scholarships awarded sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?
Most of these scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for scholarships through Foundation For The Carolinas, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, state scholarships and grants, and work-study programs. Please consult your college’s financial aid office as a complete financial aid package can be put together that may include various types of financial aid.

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Are these scholarship grants taxable?
For degree-seeking students, the grant used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies is not taxable. Any portion of the scholarship that is used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses is taxable. For non-degree seeking students, the entire scholarship is taxable. You are strongly encouraged to consult a tax expert for advice.

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What happens if I change majors, transfer schools or drop out?
You should notify Foundation For The Carolinas immediately. Please be aware that if you change schools, your scholarship payment will be delayed approximately 30 business days; therefore, it is important that you communicate the most recent and accurate information when submitting your acceptance form.

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Are scholarships renewable?
Not all scholarships administered by Foundation For The Carolinas are renewable; however, if you received a scholarship award that is renewable for one or more years, your notification letter will indicate it as such. Unless otherwise specified in the letter, you will receive materials in the mail every year with information about how to renew your scholarship.

To renew your scholarship, you must complete the Scholarship Renewal Application annually and submit a copy of your most recent transcript when requested. Your transcript will verify that you maintained your enrollment and met all requirements relevant to your scholarship. Renewal Forms submitted without all requested materials will not be processed.

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If I receive a scholarship, should I send a thank you note to the donor? Where do I send it?
Yes. Thank you notes are highly encouraged as many selection committees enjoy reading of your gratitude. Unless your scholarship specifies the intended recipient of your thank you note, you may address your thank you note to “Scholarship Committee” and mail it to:

Foundation For The Carolinas - Scholarships
220 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

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For more information about scholarships, contact:


Qiana Austin
Vice President and Scholarships Program Officer
704.973.4535
qaustin@fftc.org