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Annemarie and Richard J. Reynolds, Jr. Scholarship Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Requirements: New Applicants (Prospective Scholars) 

 

What are the eligibility requirements for new applicants?

Please go to the “Eligibility Requirements” page on our website to view these requirements.

 

Do I have to be accepted to a  school/college to apply for the scholarship?

No, you do not have to meet this requirement at the time of submitting your application. However, if you are selected as a scholar for the upcoming academic year, you must provide proof of enrollment by providing your college acceptance letter when you accept the scholarship.

 

Do I have to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours as of the application?

No, you do not have to meet this requirement at the time of submitting your application. However, in order to keep your scholarship for the upcoming academic year, you must maintain enrollment of a minimum of 9 credit hours every semester (fall and spring).

 

Can I reapply for this scholarship next year?

Yes! All McIntosh County Academy graduates may reapply for this scholarship for up to 5 years from the date of high school graduation.

 

Do I have to apply for this scholarship every year?

Yes. Any student who has received a scholarship from The Sapelo Foundation must reapply for the scholarship every year up to 5 years from the date of high school graduation. Please see our Renewal Eligibility requirements on our “Eligibility Requirements” page to see if you are eligible to reapply for this upcoming academic year.

 

I don’t qualify for the scholarship program this year. Can I try to apply for the scholarship next year?

Yes, you can apply for this scholarship for the following academic year if you are applying within 5 years from the date of high school graduation, and you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

 

I am a McIntosh County Academy graduate and I just completed my undergraduate degree. I am going to graduate school this upcoming academic year and I have graduated from McIntosh County Academy within the past 5 years. May I apply for this scholarship?

Funding for graduate/postgradaute work is done on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at info@sapelofoundation.org with the following information if you are looking for funding as a graduate student: (1) Name, (2) Email address, (3) School you are planning to attend, (4) Course of study, and (5) A brief statement (less than 150 words) of why you are asking for funding.

 

Eligibility and Renewal Requirements: Returning Applicants (Current and Previous Scholars)

 

What are the eligibility and renewal requirements for returning applicants?

Please go to the “Eligibility Requirements” page on our website to view these requirements.

 

Do I have to apply for this scholarship every year?

Yes. Any student who has received a scholarship from The Sapelo Foundation must reapply for the scholarship every year up to 5 years from the date of high school graduation. Please see our Renewal Eligibility requirements on our “Eligibility Requirements” page to see if you are eligible to reapply for this upcoming academic year.

 

I don’t qualify for the scholarship program this year. Can I try to reapply for the scholarship next year?

Current and Previous scholars can reapply for this scholarship for the following academic year, only if: (1) you are reapplying within 5 years from the date of high school graduation and (2) you meet all of the Renewal Eligibility requirements.

 

I received the scholarship, and lost my scholarship in the fall semester. Can I reapply for the scholarship for the upcoming academic year?

No, you must meet all eligibility requirements every semester in order to reapply for the scholarship. However, this scholarship is available for all McIntosh County Academy graduates for up to 5 years from the date of high school graduation. We encourage you to reapply for the scholarship for the NEXT (not upcoming) academic year; pending, you have met all of the eligibility and renewal requirements for returning scholars.

 

I am a McIntosh County Academy graduate and I just completed my undergraduate degree. I am going to graduate school this upcoming academic year and I have graduated from McIntosh County Academy within the past 5 years. May I apply for this scholarship?

Funding for graduate/postgraduate work is done on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at info@sapelofoundation.org with the following information if you are looking for funding as a graduate student: (1) Name, (2) Email address, (3) School you are planning to attend, (4) Course of study, and (5) A brief statement (less than 150 words) of why you are asking for funding.

 

I am a previous scholarship recipient and I am not currently enrolled in a college or university, but I will be enrolled in a college in the fall. Can I apply for this scholarship?

Since you are not currently enrolled in college, you are ineligible to apply for the scholarship this year. However, we do encourage you to reapply for the scholarship for the following academic year when applications open in January; pending, you have met all of the eligibility and renewal requirements as a returning scholar. Please see the eligibility and renewal requirements for returning scholars for your reference if you are in this situation.

 

Logging into the System (New Applicants)

 

I forgot my password. What can I do?

On the login page of our scholarship website is a link for you to reset your password. Once you’ve reset your password, please store it in a safe place as you will need this every time you login and reapply for the scholarship.

 

I want to change my login email address. What do I do?

After you log into the application system, highlight your name and select the dropdown. When the dropdown appears, please select “View/Edit profile”.  You can change your email address here.

Please note: The “new” email address you enter will be your new login/user name for the application system. Please store your login email address and the password you have for your application in a safe place. You will need this every time you login and reapply for the scholarship.

 

How do I log back into my application if I need to finish or I’ve completed my application?

Select the Apply/Login link on our website based on your applicant type (ie. New or Returning): http://sapelofoundation.org/scholarship-application/about-our-student-scholarships/. In the upper right hand corner of the main application page, select the Login icon. On the the login page, enter the email address and password  that was used to submit the application. If you forgot your password, please select the “Forgot password?” link and it will tell you the steps to reset your password.

 

Logging into the System (Returning Applicants)

 

I forgot my password to fill out my returning application. What can I do?

On the login page of our scholarship website is a link for you to reset your password. Once you’ve reset your password, please store it in a safe place as you will need this every time you login and reapply for the scholarship.

 

I forgot or no longer have access to the email address I used to apply for the scholarship program. How can I log in?

You will need to create a new account to fill out your returning application.

 

I logged in with my old email address, but I want to change it to my new email address. What do I do?

After you logged into the application system, highlight your name and select the dropdown. When the dropdown appears, please select “View/Edit profile”.  You can change your email address here.

Please note: The “new” email address you enter will be your new login/user name for the application system. Please store your login email address and the password you have for your application in a safe place. You will need this every time you login and reapply for the scholarship.

 

How do I log back into my application if I need to finish or I’ve completed my application?

Select the Apply/Login link on our website based on your applicant type (ie. New or Returning): http://sapelofoundation.org/scholarship-application/about-our-student-scholarships/. In the upper right hand corner of the main application page, select the Login icon. On the the login page, enter the email address and password  that was used to submit the application. If you forgot your password, please select the “Forgot password?” link and it will tell you the steps to reset your password.

 

Application

 

When will applications open and close?

Applications will open on January 1st.  Applications will close at 11:59pm on March 1st.  Applicants cannot apply for the scholarship before January 1st. Applications will not be accepted or received after the March 1st deadline.

 

Do I have to apply for this scholarship every year?

Yes. Any student who has received a scholarship from The Sapelo Foundation must reapply for the scholarship every year up to 5 years from the date of high school graduation. Please see our Renewal Eligibility requirements on our “Eligibility Requirements” page to see if you are eligible to reapply for this upcoming academic year.

 

Can I mail, e-mail or fax in my application?

No. All of the scholarship applications must be submitted through our scholarship portal at https://sapelofoundation.communityforce.com/

 

How do I upload my transcript?

In the Student Information section of your application, there will be a question asking applicants to upload their transcript. Select the “Browse” button. Select the document on your computer saved as your transcript. Select “Open” to upload your transcript to your application.  Transcripts that are mailed or emailed to The Sapelo Foundation will not be accepted. All transcripts must be uploaded to your application. FOR RETURNING APPLICANTS: Your transcript must include all coursework from the time you enrolled in your current institution, your last semester (fall) grades, and your current (spring) semester enrollment coursework.

 

How will I know if my application is received? 

After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification that your application was received with instructions on how to print a copy of your application. Please print a copy of your application for your records. In addition, when you log into your account through our scholarship portal, your status should state “Submitted” next to your application.

 

How can I print my application after I submit my application?

You can access a copy of your application through your scholarship account by logging into our scholarship portal. On your “My Application” page you can print your application by either (1) Selecting the PDF icon next to your application and printing your application, or (2) Selecting your application, and select “Print Application” from the Choose Action dropdown.

 

Where can I find my status on the HOPE Scholarship?

Please visit www.gafutures.org, contact your financial aid officer at your institution, or talk to your school counselor to see if you are eligible.

 

What is a FASFA?

Please visit this website (https://fafsa.ed.gov/), contact your financial aid officer at your institution or talk to your school counselor to learn more about applying for federal student aid.

 

I don’t know how many credit hours I need to complete to graduate from my major. Where can I find this information?

Contact your academic advisor, department chair of your program of study, the academic advising office, or your registrar’s office at your institution to help you answer this question.

 

I am a new applicant. Will my ACT/SAT scores, or lack of scores, affect my ability to receive a scholarship?

No.  Your ACT/SAT scores, or no scores from these test will not affect your eligibility to receive a scholarship from The Sapelo Foundation. These scores are for research and reporting purposes only.

 

I am a returning applicant. The application asks for the college I am currently attending. I am planning to  transfer to a different college/school in the fall. Should I put the name of the college I am currently enrolled or the college I will attend in the fall? 

At the time of submitting your application, please enter the college you are currently attending, and not the school you are planning to transfer and attend for the upcoming academic year. If you are awarded a scholarship for the upcoming academic year, you will be able to inform us about the school  you are transferring to when you accept your scholarship. When you accept your scholarship, you will need to provide us with with the name of the college you are transferring to, the financial aid office information, and  your acceptance letter to this new school.

 

Scholarship Acceptance

 

How do I log back into my application to accept my scholarship?

Select the Apply/Login link on our website based on your applicant type (ie. New or Returning): http://sapelofoundation.org/scholarship-application/about-our-student-scholarships/. In the upper right hand corner of the main application page, select the Login icon. On the login page, enter the email address and password  that was used to submit the application. If you forgot your password, please select the “Forgot password?” link and it will outline the steps to reset your password.

 

How do I upload my Scholarship Agreement form?

Once your Scholarship Agreement Form is signed, please save the form in a PDF or Word Document format. Upload the Scholarship Agreement form to the Scholarship Acceptance section of your application by selecting the “Browse” button.

 

Can I e-mail, mail or fax my Scholarship Agreement form?

No. Scholarship Agreement forms must be uploaded to the Scholarship Acceptance section of your application through our online portal. Scholarship Agreements forms will not be accepted by e-mail, mail or fax to The Sapleo Foundation.

 

How do I upload my college acceptance letter?

Please scan and save your college acceptance letter as a PDF file (preferred) or as a JPEG file. Other file formats will not be accepted. Upload your college acceptance letter to the Scholarship Acceptance section of your application by selecting the “Browse” button.

 

Can I e-mail, mail or fax my college acceptance letter?

No. College acceptance letters must be uploaded to the Scholarship Acceptance section of your application through our online portal. College acceptance letters that are e-mailed, mailed or faxed to The Sapleo Foundation will not be accepted.

 

I have not received a formal college acceptance letter, what should I do?

If you have not received a formal college acceptance letter, please have your admissions officer or academic advisor to write a signed letter on the institution’s letterhead with (1) your name (2) your student ID# (3) enrollment status (4) date of acceptance (5) academic term/ year with tentative and current semesters enrolled (7) number of credits enrolled for the upcoming fall semester (8) anticipated graduation date and (9) your program of study. Please upload this letter as your college acceptance letter to the Scholarship Acceptance section of your application by July 1st. These letters will not be accepted by e-mail, mail or fax to The Sapelo Foundation.

 

After completing the Scholarship Acceptance section,  will I receive confirmation that I’ve accepted my scholarship award?

After completing the Scholarship Acceptance section, select the “Accept” button on the main dashboard of your application to submit your acceptance of your scholarship award. PLEASE NOTE: If the “Accept” button is not selected, it may indicate you forfeiting your scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

After you submit your acceptance of your scholarship , you will receive an email confirmation. If you have not received an email, log back into your application and  make sure you’ve selected the “Accept” button on the main dashboard of your application. Your application status next to your application on your My Application Page and the Application Main Dashboard will state “Award Accepted”.  If you have questions about when scholarship awards will be mailed or the scholarship disbursement process, please read the Scholarship Disbursement section below.

 

I am a returning applicant and I’ve been selected as an upcoming scholar. I am transferring and attending a different school than what I put on my application.   How can I inform you of the new school I will be transferring to and attending for the upcoming academic year?

If you are awarded a scholarship for the upcoming academic year, you will be able to inform us about this new school in the Scholarship Acceptance section when you accept your scholarship. The Scholarship Acceptance section will ask you to confirm the school you are  going to for the 2018-2019 academic year. If this school is  different from what you indicated on your application, at this time you will  provide us (1) the name of the new school you are attending/ transferring to for the upcoming academic year, (2) the name and address of the financial aid office for where your scholarship award will be mailed, (3) the email address of your financial aid office, and  (4) your acceptance letter to this new school.

 

 

Scholarship Disbursement

 

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

No. All scholarship monies are divided and applied for fall and spring semesters.

 

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

Yes. If you have informed your financial aid office you will be graduating in December, our letter to your financial aid office will instruct that we would like all of your 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?

Yes. 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 school/college to a 4- year college) or decrease (going from a 4-year college to a 2-year technical school/college).

 

When will the scholarship checks be mailed?

All scholarship awards will be mailed during the 1st week in July to the institution reported in the Scholarship Acceptance section of an applicant’s application. This information is reported when an applicant accepts his/her scholarship.

 

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

Yes. Scholars will receive notification by email on the day scholarship checks are mailed. Scholarship awards are mailed to the scholar’s institution which is provided when the scholar accepted 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?

As of the mailing of the scholarship check, it is the responsibility of your institution to process your scholarship award. 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 does not take phone calls from prospective scholars, current scholars, or parents/relatives regarding our scholarship program. This 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 office to inquire about your student account. As of the mailing of the scholarship check, it is the responsibility of your institution to process your scholarship award. 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 does not take phone calls from prospective scholars, current scholars, or parents/relatives regarding our scholarship program. This information can also be found in your Scholarship Agreement Form when you accept your scholarship.

 

Changing Colleges

 

I am a returning applicant and I’ve been selected as an upcoming scholar. I am transferring and attending a different school than what I put on my application.   How can I inform you of the new school I will be transferring to and attending ?

If you are awarded a scholarship for the upcoming academic year, you will be able to inform us about this new school in the Scholarship Acceptance section when you accept your scholarship. The Scholarship Acceptance section will ask you to confirm the school you are  going to for the 2018-2019 academic year. If this school is  different from what you indicated on your application, at this time you will  provide us (1) the name of the new school you are attending/ transferring to for the upcoming academic year, (2) the name and address of the financial aid office for where your scholarship award will be mailed, (3) the email address of your financial aid office, and  (4) your acceptance letter to this new school.

 

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 and/or in the Scholarship Acceptance section when I accepted my scholarship. Will my award amount change?

Yes, if you indicate you will be attending a different college type, the award amount will either increase (if you’re going from a 2-year technical school/college to a 4-year college) or decrease (going from a 4-year college to a 2-year technical school/college).

 

I’ve been awarded a scholarship for this upcoming academic year. I’ve submitted my Scholarship Acceptance information before July 1st. What do I do if I change colleges/schools after I submit my Scholarship Acceptance information and it is before July 1st?

Please go to our “Eligibility Requirements” page to view our procedure if you are planning on changing colleges. These instructions can also be viewed in your Scholarship Agreement Form.

 

I’ve completed the Changing Colleges section on my application before July 15th. When will my scholarship check be mailed to my new school?

After you notify The Sapelo Foundation, you must notify the original school and request the scholarship funds be returned to The Sapelo Foundation. Upon receipt of these funds, The Sapelo Foundation will then issue payment to the new school. Funds must be received by August 1st.

 

What is The Sapelo Foundation’s address in order for my old school to return my scholarship funds to the foundation?

The Sapelo Foundation’s mailing address is 2 East Bryan Street, Suite 1150, Savannah, GA 31401.

 

Will I be notified when my scholarship check has been mailed to my new school?

Yes. When The Sapelo Foundation receives the funds of the scholarship award from the original school, you will receive notification from The Sapelo Foundation only when the funds are received AND a check is mailed to your new college/school.

If The Sapelo Foundation does not receive the scholarship funds by August 1st, we will not be able to fund your education for the upcoming academic year and we encourage you to reapply next year.

 

I’ve received notification that my scholarship check has been sent to my new school. I’ve checked my student account and/or talked to my school. My scholarship check has not been received or applied to my student account. What can I do?

After the scholarship check is mailed, it will be the responsibility of your institution to process your scholarship award. 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 will only confirm by email (info@sapelofoundation.org) whether a scholarship award was deposited.

 

I am transferring to another school after July 15th or in the middle of the academic year. Will I be able to transfer my scholarship money to my new school?

At this time, The Sapelo Foundation is unable to assist scholars financially if you transfer schools after the July 15th deadline and/or in the middle of the academic year. However, we do encourage you to reapply for the scholarship for the upcoming academic year when applications open in January; pending, you have met all of the eligibility and renewal requirements as a returning scholar. Please review the eligibility and renewal requirements for returning scholars under our Eligibility Requirements page for your reference if you are in this situation.

 

Have a question that is not answered here?

Email us at info@sapelofoundation.org, with your name and applicant designation (ie. New or Returning) with “Scholarship” in the subject line.

The Sapelo Foundation does not take phone calls from prospective scholars, current scholars, or parents/relatives regarding our scholarship program.

Timeline


Applications are
accepted from:

Jan. 1 – Mar. 1

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Questions? 

 

Email us at info@sapelofoundation.org  with your (1) name and (2) applicant type (New/Returning), with the subject line “Scholarship”.

 

The Sapelo Foundation does not take phone calls regarding our scholarship program from prospective scholars, current scholars, or parents/relatives.

RESOURCES

Explore the links below to learn more about higher education opportunities in Georgia and other financial aid/ scholarship opportunities.

Gafutures.org by the Georgia Student Finance Commission – Explore this website to learn about Georgia colleges and technical schools across the state and about the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarship.

Unigo.com – Explore this scholarship database website.

Collegeboard.org –  Learn more about colleges, the SAT and more scholarship opportunities.

ACT.org – Learn more and register for the ACT college entrance exam.

Collegedata.com – Explore colleges and links to financial aid websites of colleges.

Fafsa.ed.gov – Apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and learn about the various federal aid/loan programs offered by the Department of Education.

USG.edu – Learn more about the public college and universities in the University System of Georgia.

https://TCSG.edu – Learn more about the public technical schools and colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia.