The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

Scholarships Available

 List of Scholarships

Deadline: 4:30PM, Friday, February 7, 2014

The Fund:

Created in 1986, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria is a cooperative effort between Alexandria citizens and the Alexandria City Public Schools to assure financial help for Alexandria students who want to pursue college, career or technical education after high school.The Fund offers financial aid counseling and 'last dollar' scholarships to help fill the gap when all other sources of financial aid have been exhausted.The Fund also oversees commemorative 'donor-named' scholarships established to honor individuals, businesses or community organizations. Each named scholarship is governed by a separate set of criteria determined by the Fund and the donor.

A single application

enables students from T.C. Williams High School to apply for 200 scholarships. For more information about the application or financial aid for post-secondary education, access our web site: www.AlexScholarshipFund.org or call 703-824-6730.

Who May Apply?

Graduating seniors from the T.C. Williams High School Class of 2014 who plan to enroll full time (minimum 15 credits per semester) in an accredited college, career or technical school.

Selection Criteria:

All awards are based on Merit (academic record, community service, leadership, special talents or skills, participation in school and community activities, and work experience). Most awards are also based on Financial Need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR). The Selection Committee evaluates each application using a standard double-blind scoring sheet. Applicants with the highest total score are considered first, and are awarded the most valuable scholarship for which they are eligible.

All scholarship recipients, regardless of the original scholarship they received, are encouraged to apply for additional funds for their second, third and fourth year of post-secondary education. Successful renewal applicants are required to demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA each year, and enroll full time in a college, career or technical school.

How To Apply:

You will need: [1] Personal Statements, [2] a Résumé of any style, [3] Two Recommendations using the SFA Form, [4] a Records release, [5] a Signature page, and for many, [6] a FAFSA/SAR.

Note: Students who are applying for scholarships that require demonstration of financial need will go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov and complete the FAFSA which will generate the Student Aid Report (SAR) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Personal Statements: Your statements are a very important part of this application. All applications are read in the blind, so all the selection committee knows about you is whatever you put in your application.

Recommendations: Even though you may have an existing letter of recommendation, you must provide two recommendations using the SFA form. The signed request for a recommendation must be provided no later than February 7. Give them a copy of your résumé to assist their memory. The completed recommendation forms must be delivered to us by February 21.

Transcripts & Test Scores: Print, fill in and sign the Records Request. Give the form to the TCW Transcript Clerk (Room A119).

Signature Page: Print the signature page and fill in, sign & date it (also have a parent or guardian sign it).

Additional Info: Email any information that was not asked for elsewhere on the application that you would like us to consider. You may submit additional materials to the Fund if you wish.

November 2013 to February 7, 2014 - Submit (1) Online Application; (2) the Signature page, (3) Your personal statements, (4) Two recommendation forms, (5) your résumé, and after January 1, (6) SAR (for need-based awards, may be paper or electronic);.

March 2014 – Application packages will be read and scored (in the blind) by a committee of 50+ citizens. Applications are ranked by score and matched with the best scholarship for which they are eligible.

April 2014 - Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive a scholarship.

Please Note: Need-based awards are intended to help fill the GAP between the cost of college attendance less any other grants and your EFC (Expected family Contribution). Students may receive up to the face amount of their award, but may not be over-awarded (i.e., receive more money than it costs to attend college).

June 5, 2014 – Awards Night – All recipients are required to attend.

June 25, 2014 – After graduation is verified, and all documents are submitted, scholarship checks are mailed to colleges.

Application Help Line: 703-824-6730
8:00AM to 4:30PM, Monday - Friday

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