Scholarships Section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Thank you for your interest in the Permian Basin Area Foundation scholarship program. Below is a list of questions that students, parents, and school personnel often ask about the new online scholarship application process. If after reviewing Application Process Guidelines and FAQ responses you still have questions, email scholarships@pbaf.org.

When can I begin applying for Permian Basin Area Foundation scholarships?

The majority of scholarships open on January 15, 2018.

What is the cost to apply for Foundation scholarships?

There is no cost associated with the Foundation’s scholarship application process.

When is the deadline for applying for Foundation scholarships?

The application deadline, which includes the submission of supporting documents and Reference Evaluation Forms, is March 31st for the majority of scholarships. To verify the deadline for specific scholarships, click HERE.

Can I update my application and submit additional documents after the deadline?

No, you will not be able to change or update your responses or submit additional documents after the scholarship deadline has passed. Until that time you can review and update your application(s).

Is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) required for all Foundation scholarships?

Currently, only the Marie Hall Scholarship requires FAFSA information. Your FAFSA documentation must be uploaded to the Marie Hall Scholarship “Apply To” scholarship opportunity for consideration. Please be aware that students can submit a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, for the 2018-2019 academic year using 2016 income and tax information. The earlier filing date of October 1 is a permanent FAFSA change in policy.

Are SAT or ACT scores required for all Foundation scholarships?

While only the Permian Honor Scholarship requires SAT or ACT scores, students who do not complete college entrance testing greatly diminish their changes of receiving a scholarship because such scores are a component of the evaluation rubric.

Am I required to take the new SAT if I completed SAT testing prior to March 2016?

No, enter your SAT composite score for the reading, writing, and math components, making sure to indicate that the test was completed prior to March 2016. The Foundation staff utilizes the College Board’s SAT Score Converter, the official tool for comparing old and new SAT scores, to determine a modified score.

Can I submit additional names and emails if my original three names have not submitted a Reference Evaluation Form?

Yes, in the Reference section of the Student Account, you will see if your references have submitted the required forms. At least two weeks prior to the application deadline, “Resend” the Reference Evaluation Form and/or submit additional names to serve as references.

Are all Foundation scholarships based on financial need?

No, while many scholarships have financial need as a criterion, academic performance, college entrance testing, community and school involvement, the applicant’s response to the essay, and Reference Evaluation Form responses each play a role in the scholarship evaluation process.

What are the Martin County and the Midland County Conditional Applications (sometimes referred to as a supplemental application)?

Many of the scholarships available to Midland County applicants or to Martin County applicants share several common criteria. The conditional application groups these criteria so that applicants are considered for the greatest number of scholarships. Responses to questions on each of these conditional applications are required to complete the General Application process.

What happens after I submit the General Scholarship Application and if applicable, the Martin County or Midland County Conditional Application?

The AcademicWorks system contains two types of scholarships: Auto-Match and Apply-To, sometimes referred to as Recommended. Your responses to the General Scholarship Application are used to qualify you for Auto-Match scholarships for which you are eligible. No further action on your part is required.

If you would like to be considered for Apply-To scholarships, additional questions are required. Select “Opportunities” in the menu bar. Click on “Recommended” in the drop-down menu under “Opportunities” to see a list of your recommended “Apply-To” scholarships.

To apply for recommended opportunities, click “Apply,” noting that scholarships will require additional questions. You are encouraged to review the qualifications for each recommended opportunity before submitting responses to required questions.

Also  in the drop-down menu under the heading “Opportunities” is “All.” This is a listing of ALL Foundation scholarships including “Apply-To” scholarships for which you are not qualified. If an applicant does submit an application to an Apply-To opportunity for which (s)he has not been recommended (based on a failure to meet qualification criteria), the application will be accepted as Submitted but the applicant will be awarded zero Qualification Points (alerting administrators that the applicant is not qualified.)

What are some tips for helping applicants complete the process?

  • Begin the application process early to allow sufficient time to complete the application and provide the required documentation.
  • Proofread your application and essay. Ask others to review the application prior to submitting it to the Foundation.
  • Provide as much detailed information as possible. Remember that completing the General Scholarship Application accurately and with attention to detail will increase your chances of qualifying for Auto-Match and Apply-To scholarships.
  • Be sure that your transcripts include fall semester grades. Transcripts that do not reflect the most recent semester’s grades will not be accepted.
  • Confirm receipt of transcripts by calling 432.617.3213 or emailing scholarships@pbaf.org.