Scholarship FAQs and Application Tips
Thank you for your interest in college scholarships through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation! Our goal is to ensure that the application process goes as smoothly as possible for you. Below, is a listing of Frequently Asked Questions and tips for a great essay. If you still have questions, please email us.
Do I need to submit a FAFSA?
What happens after I complete my General Application?
If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get?
I am not a straight-A student or athlete. Am I still eligible?
What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?
If I change colleges in the Maricopa system, will my scholarship be transferred to my new college?
When will I get the money?
I do not qualify for financial aid through my school. Am I still eligible?
Do I have to reapply each scholarship cycle?
How do I know if I have been selected to receive a scholarship?
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
How will my application be evaluated?
Tips For A Successful Application And Essay
The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include details about yourself so the reader can get to know who “you” are and what you stand for. Be truthful and honest.
Scholarship Selection Committees may have many essays to review. It is YOUR job to get their attention when reading your essay.
- Use an email address that you will continue to have access to and check periodically.
- Proof read your application! Have multiple people read your essay not only for spelling and grammar errors but also to check that your content has logical consistency and answers the questions. Also, type your essay in Word or another word processing program, read a printed version and only once you are happy with the final product, copy and paste into the application.
- Complete your application and ask us if you have concerns, PRIOR TO DEADLINES.
- Be yourself; and, do not try to find the “right” answer. Be original.
- Show, don’t tell. Use examples to individualize your essay and demonstrate the point you want to make. You’ll avoid vagueness and make a stronger impression.
- Know your audience. Personal essays are not “one size fits all.” Write your essay that fits the requirements of that scholarship fund.