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Scholarship FAQs

Each fund has its own eligibility criteria listed in the fund guidelines. When you complete our common application, our system will supply you with a list of eligible awards.

Full-time and part-time students pursuing higher education may apply for scholarships.
Some funds support both undergraduate and graduate students. Check the fund guidelines for clarification.
No. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students enrolled in accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Scholarships are made payable to the school, college or university on behalf of the student. Scholarships may be used to offset tuition, fees, room and board or any other line item in the Cost of Attendance determined by the school, college or university. Please note: Scholarships are payable only for tuition costs at accredited for-profit schools.

Scholarship applications are reviewed by committees made up of community residents based on each award’s criteria. Committee recommendations are reviewed by the foundation’s Board of Directors.

Awards generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. The foundation administers over 50 scholarship funds. The dollar amounts can vary each year.

If the scholarship award is renewable, students must reapply each year. Receipt of an award for one academic year does not guarantee that an award will be granted in a subsequent year. The recipient must still meet the eligibility requirements.

Awards are generally made for the fall semester provided the student is enrolled and in good standing. If you withdraw from school, please contact or 413.229.0370.

Institutions/Colleges/Universities may adjust financial aid packages to reflect scholarships other than those granted by the college. Usually a college or university will first use an outside scholarship to replace unmet need, or reduce the amount of loans or work study before adjusting grants or scholarships. However, policies vary and students should check with their institution's financial aid office.

If you would like a paper copy of your application for your own records, login to the application portal and choose the Application Packet link. This will create a PDF of your application. You can print or save this document. You will always have access to your application by logging back into the application portal, even after you submit it.
All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (EST) on the day of the deadline. You will not be able to submit your application after that.