What are the important dates for the 2018 Scholarship Applications?
Applications open January 1, 2018. Deadline for 2018 scholarship applications is March 31, 2018 at midnight.
Can I complete one application (including a transcript, EFC information, personal statement, letters of recommendation) to apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes! You may be able to apply for several scholarships by completing one form. Some scholarships may require additional information, so make sure to read the brief information about each scholarship presented to you and add any information requested. Your answers to questions about your high school, residency, college, major or other factors will determine the scholarships for which you may be eligible. If you have any questions, please contact us before 4:00pm on the day of the deadline at (419) 739-9223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Law Student Assistance Scholarship for law students about to enter their third year has a separate online application.
May I see a listing of the scholarships available through the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation?
Yes, please click here for a list of scholarships. As you complete the online application, you will answer questions about your residency, school, grade point average, major and other factors. You will need to read eligibility requirements and answer some questions to confirm your interest and eligibility. Your application may provide to you different scholarships than it does to your best friend because of your answers to questions. If you believe you were not given an opportunity to see a scholarship, but think you would be eligible, please contact us as soon as possible.
I sent an email link to someone through the online application asking them to respond with a recommendation letter. He can’t open the link. What should we do?
A software glitch may be interfering. Ask the recommender (the person who is to provide a recommendation letter for you) to either call us (if at least two days before the deadline) and we will send an email link to them OR send the letter to us by mail or email at email@example.com. We will attach the letter to your application. All letters must be received by us by midnight on the day of the deadline.
Which college expenses can be paid with a scholarship?
Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction at an accredited educational institution.
What happens to my application if I am missing a Required Attachment?
Incomplete applications will not be sent to selection committees. We typically send an email a week or two before the deadline to the email address you provided that lists any missing documents. We strongly recommend that you get more than one recommendation letter in case someone can’t send the letter by the deadline. Please call our office days and weeks BEFORE the deadline if you have any questions about the documents you need to attach. We are not responsible for misdirected mail or emails that did not arrive. It is your responsibility to check your application in advance of the deadline to ensure it is complete and all required documents are included. You must click ‘Submit’ to finalize your application.
Which FAFSA EFC page should I send with my scholarship application?
Please submit Page 1 printed/copied directly from your Student Aid Report (SAR) showing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. You may also use the Electronic Student Aid Report (first page) or Confirmation Page (shows your EFC number). See examples: EFC Example 1 or EFC Example 2 or EFC Example 3. You will be asked to type your EFC number in the application, but we also would like to verify the number with one of the actual sheets attached to the form. Apply for your EFC number at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
If you or your parents have not yet completed your tax return, you can estimate amounts in the FAFSA form to receive an EFC number.
Will you accept other financial documents if I have not applied for an EFC number?
No. At this time, we will only accept the EFC number from the FAFSA for those scholarships that have ‘financial need’ stated as a selection criterion. There are a few scholarships that do not require you to submit financial information. By answering ‘no’ to the question regarding your intent to submit financial information, you will be given the opportunity to continue to apply for scholarships that do not have ‘financial need’ as a selection criterion. Students who answer ‘yes’ will be given the opportunity to view scholarships that do and do not require your EFC information.
Must I submit an ‘official’ transcript?
We do not require an ‘official’ transcript (one that is printed on special paper or with a raised seal in one corner). You may include with your application a copy of an official transcript, an unofficial transcript, your advising report or, if necessary, copies of grade cards (least preferred). We will not accept grade information you type yourself. Grade information must have the appearance of the official document or website where it originated.
I cannot submit because of an error in the ‘College Costs’ area. Why won’t it accept the numbers I have entered?
Remove dollar signs ($) and any commas (,) you entered. The form only wants to receive numbers.
What do I need to do to receive my scholarship check?
Send us your tuition statement (your college may call it an account or billing statement) from your college or university. Colleges and universities typically make these available to you by logging into your account on the college’s website. Please mail or email a copy which shows what you owe to attend college. We consider this as proof of enrollment in the college.
Where should I send a Thank You note?
Send it to the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation P.O. Box 1957 Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895. Include details of where you plan to go to school, your major and your future career. Often, the person who established the scholarship is not involved with the selection and has not read your application. It makes their day to know about you and your plans. Show your gratitude and let them know that the money is going to good use. We will forward your note to the appropriate person.