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Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Unless otherwise noted, The Cape Cod Foundation’s scholarships generally serve graduating high school seniors and continuing college students from Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties who are currently attending or planning to attend an accredited institution.

How do I know which scholarship to apply for?

The Foundation uses a Universal Application that matches eligible applicants to scholarship opportunities. The Foundation’s Scholarship Booklet includes deadlines, eligibility requirements, and other specifics.

When is the deadline?

While most scholarships are due on April 1 during our Spring Cycle, specific deadlines may vary. The online program will not accept incomplete applications or attachments after the deadline.

How do I apply?

Follow the link to the online application.

What materials will I need for the application?

The specific materials required for each scholarship are detailed in the online application. In general, be prepared to submit:

  • At least two current letters of recommendation from teachers, professors, guidance
    counselors, coaches, employers, etc. High School Students: Your guidance counselor
    must submit one of these recommendations, along with your transcript and other
    academic information.
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • A personal essay and any additional material required for specific scholarships
  • College Students: Provide 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

How are recipients selected?

The selection process is competitive. Community Volunteer Review Committees make award recommendations. 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?

Typically, selection committees meet in April and May, and students are notified BY EMAIL by early June.

What happens if I am selected as a scholarship recipient?

We will send scholarship recipients an acceptance letter BY EMAIL notifying them of their award and the details of the scholarship(s) they received. Recipients must log in to the online portal to sign their scholarship acceptance forms. We will not issue payment until the form is completed.

What expenses can scholarships cover?

The Cape Cod Foundation pays scholarships directly to the school, college, or university on behalf of recipients. Scholarships may be used to offset tuition and fees only. The Foundation only awards scholarships to students attending educational institutions and programs in the United States, or programs through a US-based institution.

When will the check be sent?

Typically, we mail scholarship checks directly to the school in July for the upcoming fall semester, and in 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 updated and accessible. All application materials (transcripts, resumes, letters of recommendation, etc.) are only accepted online.

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 complete applications submitted by the deadline. Plan accordingly. Request recommendations from people in a timely manner. We will not consider applications without the required letters of recommendation.

The online program is not allowing me to submit my application. Why?

The online program will not accept incomplete or late applications (including attachments). Check your application to ensure you have answered every question and uploaded all attachments.

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 the 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 if it includes your name, student ID #, current academic year, 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. Those who receive a multi-year scholarship will find the criteria for maintaining the award in the award letter. Receipt of an award for one academic year does not guarantee an award 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. Email or call 508-790-3040 when you decide to transfer.

I don’t see a specific scholarship listed for my school or major. How are these scholarships determined?

The individual, donor, group, or organization who established the scholarship fund determines the selection criteria.

I am interested in starting a scholarship fund or have a client who wants to establish one. What do I do?

Email Kristin O’Malley, the Foundation’s President and CEO, at or call 508-790-3040.

I have a question you didn’t answer here. What should I do?

Call 508-790-3040 for assistance.

Create your own fund. Donate to an existing fund. Support the Foundation’s Civic Leadership Initiatives.

Together, we have invested more than $80 million in grants and scholarships in the Cape Cod Community. For good.

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