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Scholarships for College Upperclassmen:

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We have a small pool of scholarship funds which are dedicated to College Upperclassmen. To be eligible, you must currently be going into your college sophomore, junior or senior year, and you must be 24 years of age or younger. You also must not currently be receiving any renewable scholarship through the Middletown Community Foundation. Upperclassman may apply 2 times per year, the deadlines for these applications are July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.  These scholarships are one-time scholarships, meaning they do not automatically renew.

Upperclassmen scholarships require a double submission. The first time you click “submit application” you will be filtered into the Upperclassmen scholarship pool. At that point, you will be required to upload additional information, including two letters of reference. You must complete these items and click “submit application” again before your application is considered complete. All application information must be completely turned in by the appropriate due date before 11:59 PM. Until that time, you may make changes and additions to your application. By logging in, you can track your application to see what you have completed and what you still may need to complete before the deadline. Make sure that you use an email account that you actively and regularly check. This is the way you will be contacted by staff regarding missing items, awards and follow-up information. You will be required to answer essay questions. We STRONGLY suggest that you write the essays in a word processing program so that you can have them reviewed and edited, then cut and paste them into your online application in the appropriate space.

To complete the online application for Middletown Community Foundation Scholarships, you will need to assemble:

  • A PDF or Word Document showing your most recent grades and cumulative GPA.
  • A list of the courses you have completed toward your major and the grades you received.
  • A copy of your Student Aid Report which you received from FAFSA (What is this? Click here to see an example: EXAMPLE FAFSA)
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Answer these essay questions:
  1. Why did you choose your stated major? If undecided, please tell us in which area of interest you think you might focus. What are your future career plans?
  2. Please describe your current ties to the greater Middletown Area
  3. Please describe any extenuating circumstances that have impacted your ability to be involved in outside activities or which have created a financial burden that could affect your education.
  • Print these releases, sign them, scan and upload the signed copies:

              High School and College Records Release

              Media Release

  • Have a current high resolution picture to upload


Once you have submitted the first part of the application, you will be able to see the scholarships for which you are qualified. It is at this point that you will see that some of the scholarships for which you are eligible require further submissions, additional essays or uploads. It is here that you will be required to upload two letters of reference. Once these additional requirements are complete you will click “submit application” a second time. NOW your application is complete.



FAQ:

I do not have a FAFSA SAR. The FAFSA for the upcoming school year opened and was available to fill out in October. We absolutely require that you upload your SAR to be considered for need based scholarships. If you have not heard from FAFSA before the scholarship deadline of February 14th, then you should report an EFC of $100,000 to ensure that your application is complete and you will not be considered for need-based scholarships. This number also sends a message to staff that you are declining or unable to upload an SAR.

When is the application due? The upperclassman scholarship deadlines are July1 and December 1 at 11:59 PM Everything must be uploaded into your application by this time. After 11:59 the application will close. If you do not have a complete application, you will not be considered. No exceptions. We highly recommend that you aim to complete your initial application and click the “submit application” button at least one week before the deadline. It is necessary that you be filtered into the Upperclassmen Scholarship applicant pool, so that you can submit your additional items, such as two letters of reference.

How do I answer the question “Which of the following best describes this application?” Several times you will be asked “which of the following best describes this application.” You are not eligible for AK STEEL FOUNDATION supported scholarships. You should answer that you are applying for all Middletown Community Foundation scholarships.

When will I receive my check? We pay scholarships directly to your school. It is important that you give us the correct school name, bursar’s address, and student ID # within the application so that we can send payment on your behalf. If you withdraw from classes, or are not enrolled, the school is required to send the unused portion of your scholarship back to us.

Do I need to fill out a new application each time? Yes. The application will open on November 1 and June 1 of each year to allow a new group of applicants to apply. Because the upperclassman scholarship is non-renewable, you must fill out the application each time in order to be considered. Each cycle brings a new applicant pool. Previous winners are not guaranteed to win again.

This is not my first time applying. I have already given letters of reference. Do I really need to do this again? Yes. Most importantly, it completes your application in AwardSpring. Without them, you will not be applied to the Upperclassman Scholarship. In addition, while you are not required to upload different letters each time, you may have obtained better references since your last application.

My email address has changed. We cannot transfer scholarship information to a new profile, so please DO NOT create a new account in AwardSpring. Try logging in using your old address and changing your email address from your current profile. If that does not work, call our offices and we can change your email address from the administrative side.

I have decided to change schools. CONTACT US. Our course of action will depend on how much processing we have done on your scholarship.

  1. If payment has not been mailed, we can process the change with little problem, although you will be moved to the bottom of the payment list and therefore your payment will be later than other students’.
  2. If payment has been mailed, you will need to contact the bursar’s office of your old school and remind them to mail the check back to us.
  3. If it’s the middle of the school year, your school is required to send any unused portion of the scholarship back to us. You need to contact the financial aid or bursar’s office to determine what the amount of your refund will be. If you withdraw after the school’s refund date, or if the school applied the entire scholarship payment to the first semester, you may not be entitled to a refund.


Only once we have received the original check back, or the unused payment has been refunded, can we process payment to your new school.