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Frequently Asked Questions: Scholarship Awarding

Who administers scholarships?
You may think of schools as being the only administrators of awards. However, there are many other kinds of institutions and groups that provide and facilitate scholarships. Sometimes you have to apply directly to these organizations, not your school. Examples of administrators include governments, trade unions, companies, corporations and individuals. The scholarship administrator is the person who knows about the scholarship and is able to answer your questions about the eligibility requirements and application process.

How do you know if you've been awarded a scholarship?
It's difficult to say how people will know if they've been awarded a scholarship, it depends on the administrator. It’s like applying for jobs, you don't always hear if your application was received or if you'll be notified later. Often scholarship administrators send notification for the receipt of your application. If you want to know, the best thing to do is to contact the administrator...doesn't hurt to ask!

Do we have to wait for the deadline before we contact the administrator to inquire if we received the scholarship?
Yes, you should wait for the deadline before contacting the administrator about whether you've received a scholarship. Some scholarships need to go through a huge process of reading many essays so it takes some time for the scholarship administrator to choose a winner.

How long should I wait to contact the scholarship administrator?
Scholarship administrators respond at various times. In some cases, the scholarship administrator may provide a timeline or schedule of when the winners will be announced. If the information is not available, feel free to be proactive and reach out to the scholarship administrator to confirm the next steps.

How do you follow up with a scholarship administrator?
You can follow up in various ways. The most common method is through email. A phone call is also effective for clarifications and fast response.

How are scholarships awarded? How do I get the money?
In many cases, scholarships are awarded as a cheque or money order. However, some  scholarships, especially those which are offered through a school, are awarded as tuition credit. Some scholarship administrators hold a gala event for their scholarship winners and is a great opportunity for you to network and learn more about the organization.

Is there a maximum number of scholarships that I can win?
No. You can apply to as many scholarships as you wish. There may be some restrictions for winning multiple scholarships from the same scholarship administrator, but in many cases there are no restrictions on how many scholarships you can win.

If you are awarded to more than one scholarship, are you allowed to use all of them?
Yes, you can accept more than one scholarship :)

How long do scholarships last?
As if getting money isn't good enough, there are scholarships that extend beyond the initial amount that you were awarded. These scholarships are renewable. Yet, many of them are conditional upon maintaining a high academic average or an uninterrupted course of full-time studies. Some of these scholarships renew automatically, while others do not. The number of years or semesters that they last also differs.

Can scholarships go towards anything like a food plan?
That depends on the scholarship provider. Some scholarships are awarded as a tuition credit rather than cash or cheque. The ones that are awarded as cheques or cash can be used for academic-related expenses aside from your tuition, like food plans.

Do scholarships cover living expenses?
Since scholarship amounts vary, you may require more than one scholarship to cover your living expenses from living away from home. Keep in mind that some scholarships are awarded as tuition credit, which you may not be able to access if you're living in off-campus housing.

Are scholarships given before you get accepted into the university?
Since many scholarships require you to be pursuing post-secondary studies or currently be attending a post-secondary institution, you may not be eligible to apply for scholarships. For scholarships that are awarded as tuition credit, you will be required to be a student at a post-secondary institution so that the scholarship monies can be deposited into your student account.

If you apply to an entrance scholarship for a university, and do not receive it, will you automatically be considered for minor entrance scholarships
Many entrance scholarships are for automatic consideration, so at the time of your application, you will be assessed for all available scholarships that are for automatic consideration at the school. Some schools have a general application form for all the available scholarships at their school, by filling out this form, you would be considered for all the scholarships that are available. If you have any further questions on which scholarships you are eligible for, the best thing to do is to contact the scholarship administrator.

What are my chances of winning a scholarship?
The percent chance of getting a scholarship depends on how much work you put in to an application and how many people have applied.

How do you get enough scholarship money to make up all your university education?
Putting in the effort to apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible increases your chances of winning more scholarships to fund your education. Sometimes scholarships may not cover all your expenses, so it's a good idea to explore all your options and look into alternate funding like student loans, part-time employment, government grants and find out if your parents have done any saving for your RESP, perhaps?
Modified on January 26, 2012

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