Preparation for Application
Before starting your application, it will be helpful to have the following materials available:
- Transcript: Transcripts must be uploaded directly to your general application. If an official transcript is required by a scholarship, follow the details provided within that opportunity.
- Copy of high school transcript that includes all high school courses through the third six-weeks of the senior year (applies to graduating seniors); unofficial high school transcript acceptable unless otherwise noted in the opportunity.
- Copy of college transcript including concurrent classes (if applicable); unofficial college transcript acceptable unless otherwise noted in the opportunity.
- ACT or SAT Score Report: You may provide the student report received in the mail or from an online service.
- Photo: While not required, including a photo adds a personal touch and connection for donors. Please include a head shot style picture, no “selfies”.
- School Activities and Honors: Be prepared to list your activities and honors in descending order of importance.
- Community Service and Work Experience: Be prepared to describe all community service including organization name(s) and tasks completed. If you have work experience, be prepared to provide the business name(s) and job duties.
- Essay: Respond to the following prompt, “What do you see as your long-term goals in life? Explain how your challenges, opportunities, and achievement led you to these aspirations.” The essay is not to exceed 500 words.
- Reference Evaluation Request: Be prepared to submit three names with email addresses for three references. Those individuals will receive an electronic reference request, so we strongly encourage you to make personal contact with anyone you intend to submit on your online application. Remember to allow sufficient time between submitting your General Scholarship Application and the published deadline to afford references an opportunity to receive the email and complete and return the digital Reference Evaluation.
- FAFSA: 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 1st is a permanent FAFSA change in policy.
To be considered for any scholarship opportunity, an applicant must complete and SUBMIT the General Scholarship Application with all supporting documents by the March 31st deadline. (A few scholarships may have a different deadlines. Please read all scholarship opportunities carefully for particular requirements and dates.)
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