First Time Applicants

Eligibility

Graduating seniors from the T.C. Williams High School who plan to enroll full time (minimum 15 credits per semester) in an accredited college, career, or technical school are eligible to apply. To apply, students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA; although most scholarships require a 2.5 GPA or above.

Application Process
The application is available online at: https://sfa.awardspring.com/

You will create a username and password for our application portal, so applications need not be submitted in one sitting. You can edit and update your application from November 1 until our February 5 deadline. Scholarships are not awarded first come, first served.

You will include or upload the following information to your online application:

  • Information Asked in Questionnaire: This is used to match you with the scholarships for which you may be eligible.
    • Personal and Parental Contact Information and Financial Information
    • Academic Information (you will need a copy of your transcript to complete this section)
    • Extracurricular and Leadership Activities (if applicable)
    • Sports (if applicable)
    • Community Service (if applicable)
    • Work Experience (if applicable)
  • Résumé: Please click here for a résumé template. Formatting is important!
    • Please note that unlike a traditional resume, we ask that you leave off name and contact information at the top as all applications are reviewed in the blind.
  • Personal Statements: Students will respond to 2 essay prompts (see below) and several short answer questions.
    • Discuss your personal, educational, and professional life goals (including your plans for Fall 2018); your plan to accomplish your goals; and how a scholarship will help you achieve those goals. (400-650 words)
    • Tell us about your background, identity, interests, experiences, or talents that will help us get to know you better. Please share your story (similar to CommonApp prompt). (400-650 words)
  • SAT/ ACT Score Report: These reports are optional to include, but are helpful to your application!
    • Don’t worry if you feel your score is low. Still include it in your application as SAT/ACT Score Reports will never hurt your application—they only increase your score!
    • There’s no need to pay to send an official score report to SFA. Just log into your account at collegeboard.org or actstudent.org and download an unofficial copy of your scores.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA: The SAR is required in order to apply for financial need-based scholarships. Applicants wishing to be considered for only merit-based scholarships are not required to submit the SAR.
  • 2 Recommendation Requests: You are able to request recommendations online through our application portal (recommendations cannot be sent through Naviance). These recommendations can be from your teachers, counselors, or any adult who can recommend you and speak to your character who is not a relative. Your counselor is not required to be a recommender!
    • Recommendations must be requested prior to our February 5 deadline; however, recommenders have an extra two weeks to submit recommendation letters.
  • Transcript: Select the option in the application that gives the Transcript Office permission to provide us with your transcript. Your application will be considered incomplete without it!

Timeline

November 1, 2017 to February 5, 2018 – Submit ALL components of your online application. At 4:30pm on February 5, the online portal will close and you will no longer be able to update your application or make changes.

February-March 2018 – Application packages will be read and scored (in the blind) by a committee of 50+ citizens. Applicants are ranked by score and matched with the “best” scholarship for which they are eligible.

April 2018 – 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 6, 2018 – SFA Awards Night – All recipients are required to attend.

July 2018 – After graduation is verified, and all documents are submitted, scholarship checks are mailed to colleges.

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). Community members evaluate 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.

Application Assistance


We will hold a Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Application Workshop on Tuesday, January 23 from 3:15 – 5:15pm in room C-206 at T.C. Williams.

Please also feel free to contact the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria office with questions about our application at any time! 

T.C. Williams High School – King Street Campus, Rooms A-121 and A-115

8am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday

scholarshipfund@acps.k12.va.us

(703) 824-6730

As the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria staff are not involved in the Scholarship Selection Committee, we are more than happy to read over your application essays and provide feedback.