FAQs: Scholarship Disbursement

Scholarship Disbursement

 

Can the scholarship money be applied for summer semester course work?

  • All scholarship monies are divided and applied for fall and spring semesters only.

I am a graduating senior and I will be graduating in December as my last semester in college. Can my scholarship be applied to the fall semester only?

  • If you have informed your financial aid office you will be graduating in December, our letter to your financial aid office will instruct we would like all scholarship funds to be applied to your last semester (i.e. fall semester).

I will be attending a 4-year college instead of a 2-year college (or vice versa). This is different from what I originally put on my application. Will my award amount change?

  • If you indicate when you fill out the Scholarship Acceptance section that you will be attending a different college type, your award amount will either increase (going from a 2-year technical college to a 4- year college) or decrease (going from a 4-year college to a 2-year technical college).

When will the scholarship checks be mailed?

  • All scholarship awards will be mailed during the 1stweek in July to the institution reported in the Scholarship Acceptance section of an applicant’s application.

Will a scholar be notified when the scholarship checks are mailed?

  • Scholars will receive an email notification on the day scholarship checks are mailed. Scholarship awards are mailed to the institution the scholars provide when they accept their scholarship award. Scholarship awards are not mailed to the student personally.

I’ve contacted my school and I was told they have not received my scholarship check. What can I do?

  • Once scholarship checks are mailed, it is the responsibility of your institution to apply your scholarship award to your student account. Please be patient during this time period as your institution will be processing hundreds of scholarships, grants and loans and applying them to the corresponding student accounts. The Sapelo Foundation can only confirm by email (info@sapelofoundation.org) whether a scholarship award was deposited. The Sapelo Foundation will not accept any phone call inquiriesThis information can also be found in your Scholarship Agreement Form when you accept your scholarship.

I’ve checked my student account. My scholarship award has not been applied to my account.  What can I do?

  • The Sapelo Foundation encourages all scholars to speak with their financial aid/ bursar’s office to inquire about your student account. Once scholarship checks are mailed, it is the responsibility of your institution to apply your scholarship award to your student account. Please be patient during this time period as your institution will be processing hundreds of scholarships, grants and loans and applying them to the corresponding student accounts.  The Sapelo Foundation can only confirm by email (info@sapelofoundation.org) whether a scholarship award was deposited. The Sapelo Foundation will not accept any phone call inquiries.  This information can also be found in your Scholarship Agreement Form when you accept your scholarship.

I decided I will no longer be attending college next year. What happens to my scholarship?

  • As a requirement of your scholarship award, if you are not enrolled in a college or university, your scholarship award must be returned to The Sapelo Foundation. Please notify The Sapelo Foundation at info@sapelofoundation.org and your college/ university of your intentions to not enroll for the upcoming academic year. You must also notify your university to return your scholarship award back to The Sapelo Foundation.

I am withdrawing from my university in the middle of the academic year. What happens to my scholarship?

  • As a requirement of your scholarship award, if you withdraw from the university at any time, the remainder of your scholarship award must be returned to The Sapelo Foundation.  Please notify The Sapelo Foundation at info@sapelofoundation.org and your college/ university of your intentions to withdraw from your university.  You must also notify your university to return your scholarship award back to The Sapelo Foundation.

I did not meet the credit hour enrollment or GPA requirement at the end of the fall semester. What happens to my scholarship? 

  • As a requirement of your scholarship award, if you do not meet the credit hour enrollment or GPA requirement of our scholarship program, the remainder of your scholarship award will be returned to The Sapelo Foundation. 
  • We recommend scholars to talk to their financial aid advisor and/or academic advisor before dropping/withdrawing from classes. These advisors will be able to discuss with you how these actions will affect your credit hour enrollment and GPA.
  • If you believe you will not meet our program’s eligibility requirements by the end of the fall semester, please notify The Sapelo Foundation at info@sapelofoundation.org. Please see your Scholarship Agreement form for more information on our eligibility requirements.