How to Apply

Our application process is online. There is only one application for all of our scholarship funds. When you submit it, you are considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Please learn more about your eligibility before you apply.

 

Important Dates for 2019 Scholarship Applicants!


   

 2019 -20 FAFSA Opening Date: 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 1, 2018 

 

 

 

 GWCF Application Opening Date:

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 3, 2019 

 

 

 

 GWCF Application Deadline:

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5pm 

 

     Recommended Start Date:           No later than February 15, 2019  

Step 1 - Prepare Your Materials

You will need the following to complete your application: 

  • Transcript: An academic transcript from your current high school that includes your 2nd-quarter grades. If your school uses a trimester system, your transcript may include only your first-trimester grades. College students must submit a transcript that includes fall semester grades.
  • FAFSA Confirmation Page: Before you can apply for our scholarships, you must complete a FAFSA application. When you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Confirmation Page by email that states your name and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is a number ranging from 000000 to 999999. It is not preceded by a dollar sign. You will upload a .PDF of this Confirmation Page to your scholarship application. Click here for detailed information about how to identify and upload your FAFSA Confirmation Page. If you have questions about this requirement, contact scholar@greaterworcester.org
  • Recommendation Letter: Be prepared with the names and correct email addresses of 1 or 2 teachers or advisors who will submit a recommendation letter for you. From within your online application, you will email these individuals to request a recommendation. The teacher or advisor must upload the recommendation to your application using a link in the email you sent. You will be able to see if the recommendation has arrived, but will not be able to read it. You will not be able to submit your application until one recommendation has been received.
  • Additional Materials: Several scholarships require an extra statement from the applicant. If you are eligible for these scholarships and wish to be considered, you will submit the extra statement(s) when prompted in the application.

Step 2 - Create Your Application Account

To submit an application, you must set up an online account.

Our scholarship application opens in January. Once open, a link to create your account will appear on our website on the APPLY HERE tab. You will be required to enter your email address and create a password. Having an account allows you to save your work and return to it at any time, logging in with the same email address and password every time.

Step 3 - Complete and Submit Your Application

Plan ahead!

We recommend that you allow at least two weeks to work on your application. You should plan for any extra time it might take your teachers or advisors to submit your recommendation letter electronically. Your application is not complete and cannot be submitted without at least one recommendation letter. 

The application deadline for 2019 is March 4 at 5pm.  

Step 4 - After You Apply

"I've applied. Now what?"

All applicants will be notified by email and/or mail of their application status by June. You will receive an automated email immediately after electronically submitting your application notifying you that it has been received by the Foundation's scholarship team. Our selection committees convene in April and May to select recipients. Some of our scholarships require an interview, but most do not.

If you have been awarded a scholarship, we highly encourage you to write a thank-you note to your donor. This can be sent to the Foundation at 370 Main Street, Suite 650, Worcester, MA 01608. We will forward it to your scholarship donor. 

All scholarship recipients are invited to attend the Foundation's annual Scholarship Reception. 

Questions?

Contact Liz Nye,
Donor Services Officer
508-755-0980, ext. 102
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