The Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship is available to African American Students graduating from any High School located in Butler or Warren Counties in Ohio, or who resides in either Butler or Warren County of Ohio.

Completing the online application is a double submission process. You will fill out our general application, which will filter you into all scholarships for which you are eligible through the Middletown Community Foundation. When you click “Submit Application” the first time, if qualified, you will be sorted into the field of candidates for LOUIE F. COX MEMORIAL AK STEEL FOUNDATION AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP. At that time, you will see you need to complete and submit more information that is specific to this scholarship.

Immediately, you will want to inform your counselor that you are applying for the Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship. There is a form he/she will need to fill out. You may give your counselor the form to work on, but it is not until you have submitted the first half of the application that you will be given the online tool to invite them to upload their evaluation into the second half of your application. This is a blind submission: you send them an invitation; they upload it to your application; you will not be able to see the completed form, you will only see that the task has been completed. The counselor must complete this step before February 14 deadline. You will fill out our general application, which will filter you into all scholarships for which you are eligible through the Middletown Community Foundation. When you click “Submit Application” the first time, you will be sorted into the field of candidates for the LOUIE F COX SCHOLARSHIP. At that time, you will see you need to complete and submit more information that is specific to this scholarship.

For the first submission, you will need:

  • Your transcript to be uploaded from your counselor’s office. You will send the invitation from the AwardSpring site. You will not be able to complete the initial submission until they have uploaded it, so please ask them to complete this no later than February 1.
  • Print these releases, sign them and have your parents sign them so they are ready to upload:

            High School and College Records Release

            Media Release

  • Have a current picture to upload: it may be used for publicity purposes. Jpeg seems to be the best format to upload, but PDF will work too.


After you click submit, the following additional items are required to complete the LOUIE COX SCHOLARSHIP Application:

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. What are your goals five years from now?
  3. Describe the kind of person you think you are.
  4. The Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship was developed with the help of, and is now named in honor of, Mr. Louie Cox, a former AK Steel employee and long-time leader in the Middletown-area community. Mr. Cox was a strong advocate for civil rights and was a president of the Middletown-area unit of the NAACP. Inspired by his service, this scholarship is designed to recognize not only outstanding academic achievement, but also dedicated service and leadership in the Middletown-area community, which includes Butler and Warren Counties in Ohio. Why should you be considered for this scholarship?


You will send an invitation to your counselor at this point to upload your completed counselor’s evaluation form.

The LOUIE F. COX MEMORIAL AK STEEL FOUNDATION AFRICAN-AMERICAN online application must be complete by February 14 at 11:59 PM.



FAQ:

How much is the The Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship worth? The scholarship is renewable and worth $20,000 ($5,000 per year over 4 years)

What are my chances of receiving a Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship? Each year, we typically receive 20-30 applications for Louie Cox Scholarship. The applications are read and scored by three off-site judges who have college admissions experience. Each judge sends their scores for each applicant, and applicants are then ranked by cumulative score. The two top-scoring applicants are awarded The Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship.

When will I know if I won a Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship? You will receive notice via email as soon as the judges scores are tabulated, sometime in mid to late April. Everyone is informed at the same time, via email, whether they have received a scholarship or not.

I won a scholarship! What do I need to do now? Log in to your
AwardSpring account. You will see follow-up items that need completion. Only pay attention to follow up items. You do not need to complete a new application!

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 # by the June 15th deadline 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.

When I logged on to my dashboard on AwardSpring to complete my follow up items, it showed that I had an item needing completion-- which was the application! Do I need to fill out a new application? The application will periodically open to allow a new group of applicants to apply. If you have received a scholarship and are only fulfilling follow up requirements, you do not need to fill this out again.

What do I have to do to renew my Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation African-American Scholarship? You should be looking for an email from our system on May 15th. It is imperative that you keep your email address up to date in AwardSpring. The renewal email will provide a link to your account at AwardSpring. When you log in, you will see “Follow-up Items” that you must complete to activate your renewal payment. These items MUST be completed by June 15th. If there are submission errors, we will email you and give you a chance to correct the error when we process your renewal submission.

I completed my follow-up items. When will my scholarship be paid? All follow-up items are due June 15th, for new scholarships and renewals. On June 15th we start reading and evaluating these submissions to begin processing payment. It takes 4-5 weeks to complete this task for all our scholarships. Scholarship checks are mailed out sometime between July 22nd and August 1st. We are aware that you have a payment deadline and are doing our best to meet it.

My last semester’s grades are terrible. Do I lose my scholarship? To renew the Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel Foundation Scholarship, you must write a 500 word essay based on your last year’s experience at school and submit your full year of grades. Your cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher to renew. If your cumulative GPA falls below, CALL US. We can hold your renewal for a semester and give you a chance to bring your grades up—BUT this does not happen automatically, you must have been in communication with us. Do not assume you have lost your scholarship. We will work with you if we can, but you must call us. You must also still complete all follow-up requirements by the deadline of June 15th.

It is after the June 15th deadline and 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.

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