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 online scholarship application process.

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

The scholarship process opens 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 General Scholarship Application with all supporting documents, 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?

At this time, the Marie Hall Scholarship is the only scholarship requiring 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 chances 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?

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

Are all Foundation scholarships based on financial need?

No, scholarships also take into account academic performance, college entrance testing, community and school involvement, the applicant’s response to the essay, and Reference Evaluation responses.  While many scholarships reference financial need, each criteria previously listed plays a role in the scholarship evaluation process.

Can you tell me more about “Apply-To” vs. “Auto-Match” scholarship opportunities?

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 &/or essays may be 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 may require additional questions &/or essays. You are encouraged to review the qualifications for each recommended opportunity before submitting responses to required questions.

  • Be careful, 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 may not be qualified. If an applicant submits an application to an “Apply-To” opportunity for which (s)he is not qualified, the application will be accepted as “Submitted” but the applicant will be awarded zero qualification points and will not be considered for the opportunity.

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.

I have a question you didn’t answer here.  What should I do?

Please contact us at scholarships@pbaf.org.