College Scholarships FAQs

How many scholarships are awarded and what are the amounts?

  • The number of awards varies each year depending on the number of qualified applicants and the funds available.
  • While award amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000, most are between $1,000 and $5,000.

What can scholarship funds be used for?

The scholarships can be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for course load, but NOT to room and board or other expenses.

Can I apply for more than one year?

Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Renewal applicants must fill out a renewal application that demonstrates both continued merit and financial need and be approved by the Federation's scholarship committee.

What happens to my scholarship if I transfer to a different school?

If you change schools mid-year, you must contact a scholarship administrator immediately. Your original school will refund the remaining scholarship to the Federation, and the scholarship committee may consider transferring the funds to your new school if you still meet eligibility criteria. If you transfer between academic years, you must apply for a renewal with your new school information to be reconsidered for renewal funding. 

I have several potential school choices. Which one should I list on the application?

You should list your first choice on the application. If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make certain a scholarship administrator is aware of your final school choice so that your check can be issued accordingly.

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

  • You must enroll as a full-time undergraduate or graduate in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded (12+ units per quarter/semester).
  • You must continue in school the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by scholarship sponsor.
  • You must deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution.

How and when are checks issued?

  • Checks will be mailed to each recipient’s mailing address as entered on the application.
  • Checks will be made payable to the institution only.
  • Checks will be issued in late August.
  • It is the awardee's responsibility to notify the scholarship administrator should the check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date. 

Are scholarships taxable?

Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance.

Questions?

For all application related questions, please contact the Federation's scholarship vendor at 1-800-537-4180 or JCF@scholarshipamerica.org.

For more information, please contact:
Helem Baskin
Supporting Foundations Program Associate
415.512.6231