Who is eligible to apply?
Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor when the fund was established. Please read through the specific criteria to see if you are eligible for any of the scholarships.
How do I apply?
Visit the main scholarship page on our website to read the full scholarship description and access the General Scholarship application once it becomes available in November 2016. Students can apply for the spring scholarship cycle after receiving fall transcripts. Applications are in PDF form and can be filled out online, but must be printed out and submitted via US mail or dropped off at the Foundation.
When is the deadline?
All application material must be received at the HCCF office by March 3, 2017 at 5:00PM, via US mail or drop-off (box is located at the front of the building facing Highway 3).
Are all scholarships for Indiana residents?
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
There is no charge.
Are the scholarships awarded sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?
No. These scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for scholarships through The Foundation, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, loans and work-study awards. A complete financial package can be put together by your high school counselor or your college financial aid office and may include a portion of each of the above types of financial aid.
What can my scholarship be used for?
The scholarships are only for tuition unless otherwise stated on our website.
If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get?
Most scholarships offer varying award amounts, which range from $100 to $5,000, depending on the size of the particular fund, the number of qualified applicants, and the wishes of the donors. Your letter announcing your award will include the scholarship amount, which will be split between your fall and spring semesters, with checks sent to the college.
What if I'm a 21st Century Scholar?
If you are a 21st Century Scholar and a financial worksheet is required on the scholarship, be sure to share what amount of your tuition is covered by 21st Century. Most of our scholarships are for tuition, so be aware of what the scholarships will or will not be paid for. Students who have their full tuition covered by 21st Century will be considered not eligible for tuition-only scholarships, but can apply for scholarships that cover room and board, books, and fees if they are eligible.
Where can I go to school with these scholarships?
Unless noted differently under the scholarship description, the scholarships are for accredited schools anywhere in the United States. We cannot make awards outside of the United States.
Can I use my scholarship at any college?
No. Some scholarships are more specific than others about what universities they can be paid to. We have some that are only for Indiana schools and a few that are more specific, such as for Purdue or Indiana University. A few give preference to students attending particular schools. Each scholarship gives details about requirements they have regarding what schools they can be used at.
What if I change colleges?
Please contact the Foundation ASAP with your updated college information and student ID number so checks will be sent to the correct college, whether it is prior to your freshman year or in the midst of your college career. It is the student’s responsibility to stay in contact with the Foundation throughout their college career.
May I receive grants from more than one scholarship?
Yes, you can apply to all the scholarships for which you are eligible and can be selected as a recipient by any or all.
How do I apply?
You must submit the following materials:
–High School and/or College Transcripts
–Two recommendation letters
–Attachments as requested
Please follow the guidelines laid out by each scholarship, as some require additional materials.
When should I apply?
Your application, recommendation letters, transcripts and other supporting material must be received by the Community Foundation on or before March 3, 2017. To ensure that your application is on time, you should request your transcript and recommendation letters at least two weeks before the deadline.
When mailing your application, be sure to allow sufficient time for delivery. It is important that ALL materials, including transcripts, recommendation forms and financial information be mailed together with your application and that they arrive by the deadline.
Materials received after the deadline are considered incomplete and cannot be reviewed. We are unable to accept faxed or e-mailed materials. Due to the number of applications that are received, we are unable to extend the deadline for any reason. Applications must be received (regardless of when they are postmarked) by the deadline.
Please mail or deliver you application to:
The Henry County Community Foundation
PO Box 6006
New Castle, IN 47362
700 S Memorial Dr
New Castle, IN 47362
An afterhours drop box is located next to the front entrance.
Deadline for Applications: by 5:00 p.m. March 3, 2017 for high school students indicated on the cover sheet and most general scholarships. College students should check the due date listed on the scholarship for which they are applying.
Do I need to pay scholarship money back?
No. These are charitable grants that do not need to be paid back. However, if you receive the Sparks Nursing scholarship and do not complete nursing training and fulfill your obligation, payment is required.
How are the scholarship decisions made?
A selection/nominating committee will meet after the deadline to review each application and select the recipients based on the criteria established by the donor.
If I am awarded a scholarship, do I get the check?
No. Award checks will be made payable to the institution and mailed shortly after selection, prior to the beginning of the Fall semester once a thank you card addressed to the donor has been received at the Foundation.
If I am awarded a scholarship, what are my responsibilities?
Scholarship recipients must attend college on a full-time basis in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded and continue in college that entire academic year without interruption, barring illness or emergency. Recipients are responsible for providing the Foundation with a copy of grades with cumulative GPA following each semester and sending donors a thank you card upon receiving each new scholarship. Funds will not be released from the Foundation until a thank you card is received at our offices.
Most awards received in freshman year are one-time awards, so students need to reapply for scholarships that are renewable or see our scholarships that are available to college students.
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?
No. In almost all cases, students must complete the application process again in order to be considered for a renewal scholarship award.
When would I be notified?
High School recipients will be notified during Honor Day ceremonies at their schools. College students will be notified mid-June. William F. Byrket recipients will be notified mid-June.
Do I need to include an official transcript with my application?
No, you may submit a copy of your transcript with your applications. However, please make sure all the information on the transcript can be clearly read.
Do I have to use the recommendation form or can I include a letter from my reference?
Either option is acceptable, but it must be submitted with the application. It cannot come at a later time. Applications that arrive without recommendations are incomplete.
Do scholarships have major requirements?
Yes, certain scholarships are very stringent about the major field of study requirements, but others only give preference to students with certain majors. Check the requirements, as only students majoring in those fields can receive major-based scholarships. It is the responsibility of the student to notify HCCF if they change majors.