We’ve identified some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to scholarship applications. Please note that all scholarships have different criteria, so it’s important to carefully review each one before applying.
What scholarships are offered?
Scholarships are available for Washington County, Maryland, residents attending a two or four-year college or university.
How do I know if I am eligible for a particular scholarship?
Most scholarships have eligibility criteria, such as graduating from a certain high school in the Washington County, Maryland area, planning to major in a specific course of study, attending a particular college or university, or participating in a designated extracurricular activity. You must meet all stated criteria to be eligible.
What is the scholarship application deadline?
Deadlines for all scholarships vary. Please check each one individually for specific dates.
Am I required to apply online for are all scholarship applications?
Again, all scholarships vary, so please check each one individually for their application process.
May I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes. You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible. Each application is different, so you must complete and submit an application for each scholarship.
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
There is no charge to apply for a scholarship listed on this site.
Can I apply for a scholarship even if I don’t know where I will go to school?
Yes. If you don’t know which school you will attend yet, you can still apply for most scholarships. Make sure you list the college(s) to which you are applying in the space provided on the scholarship application. List your first choice as your first entry, your second choice as the second, etc.
Can I still be considered for a scholarship even if I don’t have the best grades?
Yes. Many scholarships take grades into consideration, but some emphasize other areas of performance as well.
What financial documentation is required for those scholarships in which financial need is a consideration?
You will need a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA), which is an application that students and their families must complete in order to be considered for federal financial aid. Many states and schools also use the FAFSA as part of their application process for non-federal financial aid. The Student Aid Report (SAR) is the report received by the student that summarizes the student's financial need and provides the official EFC (Expected Family Contribution) number. Be sure to talk with your parents about the required information so you have plenty of time to gather what’s needed prior to the application deadline.
Who makes the award decisions?
Each scholarship has its own committee that reviews and evaluates each application. They make their decisions based on the scholarship guidelines.
How will I be notified if I am awarded a scholarship?
The specific organization sponsoring the scholarship will notify you.
Can I receive more than one scholarship?
Yes. You can receive multiple scholarships.
Are scholarships taxable?
For degree-seeking students who use the scholarship for tuition, fees, books and required supplies, the scholarship is not taxable. Please consult a tax expert or your school’s financial aid office for advice if you and/or your parents have any questions.
If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive it the following year?
While some scholarships are renewable, most are one-time only. Each scholarship varies; please check each one individually for specifics.
Will you share my personal information?
No. We will not share your application information with anyone except the organization or individual sponsoring the scholarship.
What if I have questions regarding a scholarship?
Contact Kristy Smith at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 301-745-5210.