Who is eligible for a scholarship?
Unless otherwise noted, The Cape Cod Foundation’s scholarships serve graduating high school seniors and continuing college students from Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties currently attending or planning to attend an accredited institution.
How do I know which scholarship to apply for?
Read the Foundation’s Scholarship Booklet to verify eligibility, deadlines, and specific requirements to find out what you qualify for. Students may apply to more than one scholarship.
When is the deadline?
While the majority of scholarships follow our spring cycle with a deadline of April 1, deadlines may vary. The online program will not allow incomplete applications to be submitted, including late attachments. Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be accepted.
How do I apply?
Follow the link to the online applications. It is imperative that you read the descriptions provided in the Foundation’s Scholarship Booklet to ensure accuracy of your application materials.
What materials will I need for the application?
The specific materials needed for each scholarship will be detailed in the online application, but in general, you should be prepared to submit:
- At least two current letters of recommendation from teachers, professors, guidance counselors, coaches, employers, etc. For High School students, one of these recommendations must be from your guidance counselor. They will be asked to provide your transcript and other academic information as well as the recommendation.
- The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
- A personal essay and any additional material required for specific scholarships
- College students: A copy of your most recent academic transcript (unofficial is okay) listing all coursework to date. Transcripts must clearly indicate Grade Point Average.
What will strengthen an application?
Compliance with all requirements, and thoughtful, well-written essays and letters of recommendation.
How are recipients selected?
The selection process is competitive. Award recommendations are made by community volunteer review committees. Selection may be based on financial need, academic merit, community involvement and extracurricular activities in accordance with the terms of each scholarship fund. Review the Scholarship Booklet to see the specific criteria for each scholarship.
When will I find out if I’m awarded a scholarship, and will you let me know if I have not?
Typically, selection committees meet in April and May, and students are notified by early June. Given the volume of applicants, we do not send notification if you did not receive a scholarship award. Applicants are welcome to contact Carrie Bearse, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-790-3040 to find out the status of their application in June.
What happens if I am selected as a scholarship recipient?
Successful applicants will receive an acceptance letter notifying you of your award and the details of the scholarship. You will receive three copies of the letter; one is for you to keep in your files, one to share with your school’s financial aid office, and the original you will need to fill out, sign, and return to us. Payment will not be made until the signed form is returned to The Cape Cod Foundation.
What expenses can scholarships cover?
Scholarships are made payable directly to the school, college, or university on behalf of the student. Scholarships may be used to offset tuition and fees only. The Cape Cod Foundation only awards scholarships to students attending educational institutions and programs in the United States, or through a US-based institution.
When will the check be sent?
Typically, checks are mailed directly to the school in July for the upcoming fall semester, and January for spring semester.
Do you accept anything in paper?
No. The Cape Cod Foundation has moved to an online application process to reduce processing time and assure that our records are up to date and accessible. All application materials, i.e. transcripts, resumes, letters of recommendation, etc. are only accepted online.
How will I know if my application has been received?
Once you submit your application, the online program will send you an email confirming that your application has been received.
What if my letter of recommendation is not in by the deadline, but I have all the other information complete?
The Cape Cod Foundation will only accept completed and submitted applications by the deadline. Plan accordingly and request this information from your recommenders in a timely manner. Please note: once your letters of recommendation have been received you must still log in and submit your application.
The online program is not allowing me to submit my application. Why?
The online program will not allow incomplete applications to be submitted, including attachments. Check your application to ensure that every question is answered and all attachments (including letters of recommendation) are uploaded.
Will a scholarship award affect my financial aid package?
Institutions/Colleges/Universities may adjust financial aid packages to reflect scholarships other than those granted by the college. Usually a college or university will first use an outside scholarship to replace unmet need, or reduce the amount of loans or work study before adjusting grants or scholarships. However, policies vary and students should check with their institutions’ financial aid office.
I am submitting my college grades as part of the condition of my scholarship; is an unofficial transcript okay?
Yes, an unofficial transcript or online printout of your transcript is acceptable as long as it is clearly labeled with your name, student ID #, current academic year, your cumulative grade point average, and the name of the college/university.
I received an award in the past; can I reapply?
Unless otherwise noted, students must reapply every year to be considered for awards. Should the student receive a multi-year scholarship, criteria for maintaining the award will be outlined in the award letter. Receipt of an award for one academic year does not guarantee that an award will be granted in subsequent years.
What happens if I move or change schools after I’ve been awarded a scholarship?
You must notify The Cape Cod Foundation if you move or transfer to a new school. Contact Carrie Bearse at email@example.com or 508-790-3040 as soon as you have made your decision to transfer.
I don’t see a specific scholarship listed for my school or major. How are these scholarships determined?
The selection criteria and purpose of each scholarship fund is chosen by the individual donor, group or organization.
I am interested in starting a scholarship fund or have a client who wants to establish one. What do I do?
I have a question you didn’t answer here. What should I do?
Contact Carrie Bearse, Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-790-3040, for assistance.