Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions
When may I apply for a scholarship?
Scholarship information on this website is frequently updated. Scholarship information is updated and made available online in January of each year. 2019 scholarship applications must be submitted online through the Community Foundation's Scholarship Application System no later than Friday, March 8, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Early College Program participants will apply during their fifth year, the last year of the Early College Program. MPACF does not make scholarships to early college students until the completion of their fifth year. Example: John will be entering his fifth year in the Early College Program in the Fall of 2019 therefore he will apply for a MPACF Scholarship in January of 2020.
How do I submit a scholarship application?
All applications will be completed online using our Scholarship Application System. Students will not need to make multiple copies of application materials, and school administrators will be able to submit transcripts electronically. However, the online application system will require students to answer more questions in order to determine their eligibility for each scholarship offered. No faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will be accepted.
Does it cost anything to apply for a scholarship?
No, there is no cost to apply. Scholarships from legitimate sources should not require a fee to apply for or to receive an award.
What kinds of questions will I be asked?
The online application system is divided into multiple sections: general information, academic information, qualification questions, school and community activities, academic honors, work experience, personal statement, references, available scholarships, and transcript request. If you apply for any financial need based scholarship(s) you will be required to upload your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) EFC (Expected Family Contribution) information. The system auto-saves as you work on your application. The system does not time out automatically, so be sure to log out once you are finished working.
Do I have to complete the application in one sitting?
No, you may use your email address and password to return to your application at any time until the deadline. The system auto-saves as you work on your application. The system does not time out automatically, so be sure to log out once you are finished working.
Must I live in Isabella County to apply for a scholarship?
The vast majority of scholarships offered through the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation are intended to be received by students graduating from high schools located in Isabella County or individuals who reside in Isabella County. However, a few of our scholarship funds were established by founders with interests outside of Isabella County and are available to students in those communities. There is a special section of our website dedicated to scholarships available to students attending high schools outside of Isabella County.
How much competition is there for scholarships offered through the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation?
Generally, one out of every three individuals who submits an application receives a scholarship. Regardless of grade point average, career field or financial situation, there is likely a scholarship for which any graduating senior of an Isabella County high school could submit a competitive application. Please take the time to review the criteria related to each scholarship to determine the ones for which you are a qualified candidate. The criteria of these scholarships may be very specific and limit the number of potential applicants to a few individuals, or the criteria may be very broad and allow any graduating senior from an Isabella County high school to apply.
How should I select reference providers?
Choose reference providers who can attest to your accomplishments and attributes as you've described them in your scholarship application, long essay, and short essay(s). Consider teachers, coaches, employers, or other adults who know you well. Generally, the best reference providers have known you for more than one year, are enthusiastic about your candidacy for the scholarship(s), and have been asked in advance to serve as a reference. Do not assume someone will provide a positive reference. It is important to ask reference providers, in advance of submitting a scholarship application, if they are willing to be contacted about your candidacy. Make sure to list on the application the telephone number at which the reference provider prefers to be contacted.
How much is each scholarship worth?
Scholarship amounts vary based on endowed fund growth, duration of investment, and founder wishes. Each fund page lists the dollar amount of the current year's scholarship. Not every scholarship is offered every year.
With what expenses may scholarships assist?
Most scholarships may only be used for direct educational expenses such as tuition and fees. In some cases, room and board, books and supplies may be covered. Please refer to each scholarship's guidelines for information about how the funds may be used.
Where can I go to school with these scholarships?
Most of the scholarships are for students attending accredited two or four year colleges and universities. However, some scholarships may be used for vocational and technical schools or adult education programs. Please refer to each scholarship's guidelines for more details.
What is the process for selecting scholarship recipients?
The Community Foundation's Scholarship Committee reviews all applications. These volunteers first determine if an applicant meets the criteria established by the founder(s). Once eligibility is determined, these volunteers review the applications based on the preferences established by the founder(s). The Scholarship Committee recommends applicants to the Board of Trustees, who then approves all scholarship awards. In general, a single individual should receive no more than one scholarship from the Community Foundation. If a student is the highest ranked candidate for more than one scholarship, he or she will receive the highest valued scholarship. In the event that no other applicants are eligible for the lower valued scholarship, a student may receive more than one scholarship.
How and when will scholarship recipients be notified?
Scholarship recipients will be notified by email and/or mail in late April. Shortly thereafter, a list of all scholarship recipients will be posted on the Community Foundation's website. The letter notifying scholarship recipients will also contain an invitation to attend the Foundation's annual Scholarship Reception. At this event, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to meet the founders who established the scholarship they are receiving. This is considered a "must attend" event for the scholarship recipient who may bring up to two guests. If the scholarship recipient absolutely cannot attend, an immediate family member is expected to represent the scholarship recipient.
How and when will the scholarship be sent to the educational institution?
Scholarship recipients will be asked to fill out a form indicating where to send scholarship payments. Scholarship payments will be mailed directly to the education institution. The Community Foundation does not issue scholarship payments directly to students or their parents. Scholarship payments are made contingent upon the submission of all required and requested documentation and compliance with all eligibility requirements.
Are scholarships taxable?
For most students, a scholarship used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and essential equipment is usually not taxable. Scholarship funds used for room and board may be taxable. Please consult a tax professional if you have questions about your scholarship award.