Scholarship FAQs

Common Questions from Scholarship Applicants

Do I have to attend a four-year college to apply for a scholarship?

  • No. Most of our scholarships are intended for high school and undergraduate students pursuing an education at a two- or four-year university or other accredited educational institution.
  • Some can also be awarded to non-traditional students wishing to further their education.
  • Each scholarship has its own specific eligibility criteria. We encourage you to review these criteria carefully to find the scholarships that may be good matches for you.

Do I have to be a graduating high school senior or a current college student to apply for a scholarship?

  • Yes, most of our donors offer scholarships are for graduating high school seniors and/or undergraduate students.  In addition, some scholarships are available to non-traditional students.
  • Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. We encourage you to review these criteria carefully to find the scholarships that may be good matches for you.

Some scholarships are open to people in a particular county. Where can I find which county I live in?

Click on the button below to see map by county.

 CFECT Map of Region by County

Who can write a recommendation letter for me?

  • Unless the Scholarship Application specifically indicates who should write it, the recommendation may be written by a teacher, counselor, spiritual leader, employer or other individual, as long as her or she is not related to you.
  • The person writing your recommendation must be able to describe how they know you and support the information you have provided in your Scholarship Application.

Can I send in supporting documentation (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation) under separate cover?

  • We prefer that all application materials be submitted together online whenever possible.
  • If materials must arrive separately, please be sure we receive them by the application deadline. An incomplete application will not be considered.
  • We recommend you follow up regularly with anyone responsible for submitting materials on your behalf.

What is FAFSA?

  • FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 
  • To apply for federal student aid – including federal grants, loans and work-study opportunities – students have to first fill out a FAFSA form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Completing and submitting this form is free and gives students access to the largest source of financial aid available to pay for their education.
  • Many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for the financial aid they will supply. Some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for the assistance they can provide.

What is SAR?

  • SAR stands for Student Aid Report.
  • This report is generated and sent to you from the federal government once you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Your SAR is a 5 to 8 page paper or electronic document that provides basic information about your personal eligibility for federal financial aid. Click here for an example.
  • This information is required for all Scholarship Applications and must be sent as soon as possible if it is not included with your online application submission. If you cannot provide this, you will be asked to upload an explanatory document in its place. 

What is EFC?

  • EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution – the amount of money you and your family are expected to contribute to help pay for your college education for one year.
  • Your EFC is part of your SAR. Click here to see an example.
  • The EFC determines your eligibility for some federal grants, and colleges use the EFC to assess your eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid.

What should I do if I have not yet received a financial aid notification letter from my school?

  • Please contact your school's financial aid office to inquire about this letter.
  • Once you receive your financial aid notification letter, send it to Kathy Duggan at kathy@cfect.org or the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, 68 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.
  • If you have not received your letter by May 15, please contact Kathy Duggan immediately at kathy@cfect.org, or at 860-442-3572 or toll-free at 1-877-442-3572.

What if I'm not sure what my major will be?

 You will be asked on the application to check one or more areas of study that you are considering, even if you haven't decided on your major. Click here for a list of some possible majors.

Do I need to submit separate applications for each scholarship I wish to apply for?

  • No. In most cases, you only need to submit one application. It will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • There are four exceptions to this rule. The Bulkeley Alumni-Harold J. Arkava Scholarship, the Cahill Black Point Education Fund Scholarship, the Caryn Nesbitt, MD, Memorial Scholarship, and the John Coleman Prince, American Legion Post 9, Scholarship each have a separate application.

When will I know if I have been selected as a recipient for a scholarship?

We will notify all applicants by late June.

Common Questions from Scholarship Recipients

Will I receive a check if I am awarded a scholarship?

No. All scholarship checks are made payable to the college or university you are attending and mailed directly to your school’s financial aid or bursar's office.

What should I do if I’ve been awarded a scholarship?

  • Once you’ve enrolled in the college or university of your choice, please notify us of your college, your student ID and the address of the school’s financial aid or bursar's office.
  • Once we have this information, we can arrange scholarship payment. Scholarships are paid directly to your school.
  • We ask that you send this information to us by June 30 in order that we may send payment to your school by August 1.
  • Send the information to Kathy Duggan at kathy@cfect.org or the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, 68 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.
  • If we do not hear from you by September 30 of the respective application year, your scholarship may be forfeited.

When will I receive my scholarship?

  • Scholarships are paid directly to your college or university.
  • In order for us to do that, you must notify us of the college you will be attending, and send us your student ID and the address of the school’s financial aid office.
  • Once we have this information, we can arrange scholarship payment.
  • We ask that you send this information to us by June 30 in order that we may send payment to your school by August 1.
  • Please send the information to Kathy Duggan at kathy@cfect.org or the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, 68 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.

If I receive a scholarship from you, will it affect the financial aid package I was offered by my college?

  • It might. Financial aid policies vary.
  • We recommend you contact your school’s financial aid office and ask if outside scholarships will displace any grants they might offer you.
  • If your college proposes a reduction in your grant assistance (not in a loan or work-study program), we may be able to hold your scholarship award for the following semester or year. Please contact Deb Battit to discuss your situation at Deb@cfect.org or 860-442-3572 or toll-free at 1-877-442-3572.

What happens if I change my mind about attending college?

  • If you decide to defer enrollment, we may be able to hold your scholarship award for the following semester or year.
  • Please contact Deb Battit to discuss your situation at Deb@cfect.org or 860-442-3572 or toll-free at 1-877-442-3572.
  • If we do not hear from you by September 30 of the respective application year, your scholarship may be forfeited.

If I received a scholarship that was only good for one year, do I have to reapply for it if I hope to win it again next year?

Yes. We will require a new application with a new essay and new letters of recommendation, preferably from a college professor.

If I received a multiyear scholarship, will I automatically receive it the following year or do I need to reapply?

  • You do not need to reapply, but you must confirm your continued eligibility for the scholarship by June 30 of each year.
  • To do so, you must provide us with an official transcript of your grades from the past academic year and official confirmation that you are enrolled for the upcoming academic year.
  • Your transcript must confirm a GPA of a C+ or higher.
  • Read more about how to Renew a Scholarship
  • Transcripts (and changes of colleges and address, if applicable) can be sent to Kathy Duggan at kathy@cfect.org or the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, 68 Federal Street, New London, CT 06320.
  • Please be aware that we do not send out reminders about scholarship renewals. You are responsible for submitting your renewal documentation to us by June 30.

If I am currently the recipient of a multiyear scholarship, may I apply for additional scholarships from you?

No. Current multiyear scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply for additional scholarships.

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