For the Bold Journey Scholarship, how much should be requested?
There should be a reasonable basis for the amount requested. To determine what is necessary, the applicant should identify the courses or program and know the cost. The Review Committee does not look favorably on applications which have an inflated dollar amount which seems unreasonable. The program should be reasonable for the individual, the course of study and the time period of the scholarship. It is highly unlikely that any applicant will receive more than $2,500.
What can the funds be used for? How is the money paid out?
Money can be for tuition or books
The money will be paid to the school, not to the scholarship recipient. Allow 2-6 weeks for payment to the school from the time that the evidence of enrollment and cost is submitted. We do not pay money until we get evidence that they have enrolled. On occasion in the past, Montgomery County Community College and PG County Community College programs permitted enrollment and accept the scholarship award letter in lieu of payment at enrollment. If that is the case, the student has a period of time--which was quite generous (weeks or until the end of the course in one instance)-- for LSS/NCA to make the payment to the school. There is no guarantee that other schools will operate in a similar fashion or that these institutions will continue to accept this approach.
Some scholarship recipients will want to take courses in a program which extends over 2 semesters. If that is the case, we will pay the required amount for the first semester in August or September (say $1,250) and the required amount for the second semester ($1,250) in January with the second-semester enrollment.
If they decide for a shorter course, they can take whatever portion of the money is necessary. In the example above, that might mean taking only the fall course and not the second-semester course.
Any money not used by the cut-off date in January will be unavailable to the scholarship recipient unless special arrangements are made in advance. The money will be returned to the LSS/NCA Scholarship account to be awarded to other scholarship recipients the following year.
Should the application be sent in by the applicant, or should the staff caseworker send it in?
We have received applications both ways. It does not matter as long as it gets here.
My client wants to use the scholarship toward a college with tuition and room and board costs well over $20,000. In this case, would it be acceptable to ask for the full $20,000 available? I know it's a long shot, but it seemed worth a try- he can make up the $5,000-some difference between $20,000 and tuition.
It is highly unlikely that the Committee will grant that request, but if it is important to the client, the client should ask. The Committee might either:
- grant the request
- give a smaller amount of money, or
- determine that the request was totally unrealistic and not award any money.
It all depends on the merits of the individual and the application.
Can an applicant apply for both scholarships? If the candidate is eligible for both the Bold Journey Scholarship ($10,000 total) and the Dr. Weisburger Scholarship ($4,000)they can apply.
It is highly unlikely he or she would receive both.
How are applications reviewed?
The review panel for each scholarship is 5 or 6 people. They will be entirely different panels. Each panel will read every application, reference, and transcript for that scholarship.
LSS/NCA staff personally read everything that came in last year. Depending on the number of applications, staff may or may not be able to do that this year. Staff have read applications to ensure that they understand the nature of the applications and the issues raised in awarding the scholarships.