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Scholarship FAQs

If you have any questions not answered in the list below, please contact Teresa Glassman at 317-381-5548 or foundationscholarships@sigmakappa.org.

 

General Information

1. When is the application available for Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarships?

The 2020-2021 Sigma Kappa Foundation Scholarship application process opens December 1, 2019; the deadline for submission is midnight Eastern Standard Time on February 1, 2020

2. How do I apply?

The application link will be LIVE only December 1, 2019 through February 1, 2020.  Sigma Kappa Foundation uses Smarter Select for the application process; all questions and steps must be completed in order for your application to be evaluated. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The application can be found on our website:  https://sigmakappa.org/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/

3. What is SmarterSelect?

SmarterSelect is a third party online application and recommendation system.  Applications must be completed and submitted electronically via SmarterSelect.  If you are a first-time user, you will be prompted to create an account. 

4. What if I don’t remember if I have an account with SmarterSelect?

Applications must be submitted through a personal account, NOT a chapter account.  Previous users should log in with their email they used to create the original account.  If you do not remember your password, click the Forgot Password link.  If you do not remember the email you used to sign up, you can contact SmarterSelect or email:  foundationscholarships@sigmakappa.org to verify your account status. 

5. Who chooses the recipients?

Sigma Kappa Foundation appoints a Scholarship committee to review all submitted applications.

6. How many scholarships are awarded?

Last year, the Sigma Kappa Foundation awarded 75 scholarship awards for more than $100,000 in scholarship support.   

7. To which term/semester/quarter is the financial award applied?

The scholarship award is divided over the academic year.  Example: For schools on a semester calendar, half of the award will be applied to Fall 2020 fees and half will be applied to Spring 2021.

8. What if I will only be in school one term?

This topic is addressed on the application.  Please indicate your plans if you will not be enrolled the entire academic year. If selected as a recipient, the funds will all be awarded for that term.

9. How can I donate to a scholarship fund?

Visit our Give Now page, then under Gift Designation select Other and enter the name of the scholarship fund you wish to support.

Eligibility

1. Who can apply?

Any Sigma Kappa member in good standing who will be enrolled during the 2020-2021 academic year in a college degree program. New members are welcome to apply as long as they are initiated by April 1, 2020.

2.  What if I applied last year, can I apply again?

Yes, you are welcome to apply.  Each scholarship application cycle is handled separately from previous cycles. 

3.  Will all applicants receive an award?

Unfortunately, we are not able to award a scholarship to each applicant.  We often have more applicants than we have funding available, but we encourage you to apply. 

4.  I am eligible for multiple scholarships.  Do I need to submit separate applications for each award?

No. We use one application for all scholarships.  Upon submitting an application, you are automatically a candidate for any scholarship for which you qualify, based on each specific scholarship’s criteria.

5.  I am currently applying to graduate school and will not know if I am accepted until after the scholarship application deadline.  Should I still apply?

Yes. If you are chosen as a scholarship recipient, we will require your school acceptance information at that time (between April 15 - May 15). 

6. Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

No.  However, many scholarships do have GPA requirements.  Please see 2020-2021 scholarship listing for specific criteria. 

7.  Can I use the Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarship for membership dues?

No. Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarships can only be applied toward academic expenses.  Scholarship awards are paid directly to the school of enrollment and not to the awardee.  Scholarship awards may only be used for 2020-2021 academic year, not to pay off student loans for past academic expenses.

8. Can I use the Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarship for study abroad?

You must remain a Sigma Kappa member in good standing.  The scholarship must be applied toward academic expenses, including study abroad. 

Application Information

1.  Do I have to complete my application in one session?

No.  You can save your application and return to it when you have more time.

2.  What key information do I need to have available when I apply?

  • Sigma Kappa member number
  • Official cumulative GPA
  • Financial aid information;  and
  • Name, e-mail address, and phone number for one individual, who will complete a letter of recommendation on your behalf
  • Personal essay 

3.  How do I find my Sigma Kappa member number?

Visit Live Sigma Kappa.  First-time users must claim their account.

4.  What is meant by official cumulative GPA?

Members should report their official cumulative GPA based on the most recently available academic period and should report the two digits beyond the decimal.  No rounding is permitted. 

While no documentation is requested at the time of the application, verification of GPA and enrollment will be requested from those who are selected to receive a scholarship award.  Students are expected to report accurate and truthful information. Any student found to have knowingly reported false information will be deemed ineligible.

5.  What financial aid information is needed?

All applicants are asked to provide anticipated costs and sources of income used to pay expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, members who have applied for financial aid using the FAFSA form should have their Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) available. 

6. Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?

Recommendation sources may include: employer, professor, mentor, fraternity/sorority advisor or other person who knows you well.  It is your responsibility to ask permission of the individual before you submit their name/email on your application and also to follow up with the recommender to insure they have receive the email link and completed the submission.  Once you have entered your references’ contact information, a message with a submission link will be sent to the email address provided. 

NOTE: Undergraduate applicants - the Foundation will communicate with local chapter advisors to gather information about each members' chapter participation and engagement.

7.  What is required for the personal essay?

Please provide an essay describing yourself and how you exemplify Sigma Kappa’s values: personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; your career goals upon graduation; explain how a scholarship would benefit you; and why you feel you are qualified to receive a Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarship award.  The essay should be submitted as a PDF.

8.  How do I submit my application?

Once you have completed each section of the application, you should click the Submit Application button. Your application will show a Pending status until your recommendation is received.

9.  Can I update my application once I click “Submit Application?”

Yes. You are able to make updates while the application is in Pending status.

10. What if I don’t know an answer to a question on the application?

You need to take the time to find the answer so your application can be completed.  Incomplete applications will not considered. 

11.  Will I receive a confirmation when my application is submitted?

Yes, once your application is created and submitted you will receive confirmation.

Letter of Recommendation Information

1.  Are there specific requirements for my Recommendation?

Recommendation sources may include: employer, professor, mentor, fraternity/sorority advisor or other individual who knows you well. 

2.  I have completed my portion but my recommender did not receive the link to the recommendation form.  What should I do?

Please verify the listed email address is correct, also have the recommender check their spam folder for a message from SmarterSelect.  If they will have not received the message, then contact foundationscholarships@sigmakappa.org to ask for the link to be resent.

4.  How do I know if my recommender has submitted their letter of recommendation?

You will receive an email confirmation of the recommendation being received.

5.  My recommeder says he/she has submitted their letter of recommendation, but I haven’t received a confirmation email.  What should I do?

Please contact foundationscholarships@sigmakappa.org.

Deadlines

1.  When is my scholarship application due?

February 1, 2020 at Midnight EST

2.  What is the deadline for my recommender to submit the letter of recommendation?

February 16, 2020

3.  When will I be notified if I have been selected or not?

On or around April 15, 2020

 

 

Award Status Notification

1.  If selected for a scholarship award, what happens next?

You will receive an email with a checklist of materials to be submitted to National Headquarters by May 15, 2020.

2.  What if I am out of the country when the materials are due?

If you know you will be travelling, you should submit your materials early or have someone submit for you.

3.  What happens after my award recipient materials are submitted?

You will receive an email confirming your checklist items have all been received.  

4. Where and when is the award check sent?

The award check is mailed directly to your school on or around June 30, 2020.

5.  Will my university notify me when they receive my award?

Notification varies from school to school.