Frequently asked questions about the U.S. scholarship program

When can I apply for a Foundation scholarship?

Applications for Foundation scholarships are only available during the fall of each year. In general, applications are available from Sept. 15 until Jan. 15, which is the application deadline.

Who can apply for a Foundation scholarship?

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who will be enrolled in accredited colleges for the following academic year may apply.

What must I do to apply?

Applicants must complete the online application, including the essay describing their career, vocational or academic goals. Essays must be no longer than 550 words.

Got any tips for writing a winning essay?

Since your scholarship application will be judged solely on the basis of this essay, it's important that your essay accurately and fully describe your life, academic, career and/or vocational goals and how you plan to achieve them.

The scholarship information states that the essays are judged on grammar, organization and craftsmanship; further, the word limit is 550. We're not recommending you use every last syllable available, but keep in mind that the word length was set after determining how many words should be necessary to describe your plan for the rest of your life. Brevity is good, but not at the expense of providing complete information.

Your essay and those of all your competitors will be carefully read by at least one team of volunteer judges before winners are selected. In other words, your competition is strong (an average of 5,000 applicants for less than 200 scholarships) and your judges are human beings who are volunteering their time to support the quest for a good education. Keep in mind that the process is about encouraging substance, not style. Turn in a clean and concise essay, but for best results, let your personal passions and goals shine through.

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