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. 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?
Review the information about the Foundation's scholarship programs as each grant program has specific application guidelines. For application materials or additional information please contact Foundation For The Carolinas or the person listed under "How to Apply."

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Can I fax or e-mail my application?
No. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted online. Handwritten applications will not be considered. Instructions for submitting supporting materials with your online application are provided with each application. 

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How and when will I be notified if I receive a scholarship? Can I call to follow up?
Postcards notifying applicants of missing documents or completion of the application process WILL NOT be mailed. It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up and ensure all required documents are postmarked by the scholarship's specified deadline.

If you are selected for an interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee, we will contact you. Once the selection committee has met and made its decision, you will be notified anytime between April and August 2009.

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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?

  • Sign and return a Scholarship Acceptance Form accepting the responsibilities of the Scholarship Fund.
  • Send official copies of your transcripts to the Foundation at the end of each grading period.
  • Notify the Foundation of any changes in status within two weeks of the change.
  • Reply promptly to requests for information.
  • Notify the Foundation of 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?
Each scholarship designates for what purpose funds may be used. Most scholarships may only be used for direct educational expenses such as tuition, books, and supplies, and in some cases, room and board. 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. The scholarship is divided into two payments-one check is sent in August for the first semester and one is sent in December for the second semester. 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 need 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 apporximately 30 business days therefore it is important that you communicate the most recent and accurate information when submitting your acceptance forms.

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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 send the Foundation a copy of your most recent transcripts when requested. Your transcripts 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
Scholarships, Community Programs and Civic Leadership
704.973.4535
qaustin@fftc.org