FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The SCC Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religious creed, or sexual orientation.
Q: Am I eligible for all SCC Foundation Scholarships?
A: Our donors can include preferences in the scholarship specifications they present to the SCC Foundation. You will be considered for specific scholarships based on how you answer the application questions as they apply to each scholarship. The SCC Foundation follows the College's nondiscrimination policy:
It is the policy of Southeastern Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age employment, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).
If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Tina Young, Title IX / Equity Coordinator, Southeastern Community College, 1500 W. Agency Road, West Burlington, IA 52655, phone number 319/208-5101, fax 319/208-5005, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576.
Q: If I am a high school student who has not yet graduated, can I enter my 7-semester High School GPA?
A. Yes and you need to upload a copy of your 7-semester official High School transcript to be considered for many SCC Foundation scholarships.
Q: Can I update my application after I hit Submit?
A: No. Please be sure to review your application completely and make all necessary changes before you save and submit! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you accidentally hit “submit.”
Q: Can I print a copy of my completed application?
A: Yes. On the summary page there is a link called “Printer-friendly version.” Click on this link to print your application using your web browser.
Q: Do I need more than one reference letter?
A: One reference letter is required, but two or three are preferred.
Q: What happens if a reference writer does not receive the e-mail?
A: First confirm the e-mail address to which the reference is being sent. If the address is incorrect, go to the next question on this list. If the address is correct, advise the reference to watch for an e-mail from email@example.com.
Second, log into the scholarship site. If your application has been submitted, click on Manage Letters of Recommendation and click on Send Reminder E-mail. A new e-mail will be sent to the reference. If your application has not been submitted, then navigate to the page that the reference is on and click Send Reminder E-mail. Feel free to call your reference writer to alert them to the request.
Q: Can I remove a reference from an application?
A: Yes. To remove a reference before you submit your application, you can log into your scholarship account and withdraw the reference. After withdrawing the reference, add a new reference (if needed) and click “Save and Continue” at the bottom of the page.
To change a reference after submitting your application, please log into your scholarship account. Click on Manage Letters of Recommendation. Withdraw the reference and add a new one. Click on “Save and return.” The system will send an e-mail to the new reference.
Q: Do I have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
A: Yes, because many (although not all) of our scholarships require financial need to be considered. Completion of the FAFSA is the best way to provide that information. That information may also be used in tie-breaker situations with other kinds of scholarships. When filling out the FAFSA, indicate Southeastern Community College (Iowa) #004603 is to receive your information. The FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make sure to provide a copy of the FAFSA to the SCC Foundation Office, too.
Q: How do I know if my financial aid file is complete?
A: A student’s financial aid file is complete when he/she has a FAFSA on file along with any additional documents being requested by the SCC Financial Aid Office.
Q: Am I required to complete a new scholarship application every year?
A: Yes. All students are required to complete a new scholarship application each year in which he/she wishes to be considered.
Q: Do I have to be a full-time student to receive a scholarship?
A: No. Most scholarships, however, do require you be enrolled in a minimum number of 6-12 credit hours. Enrollment requirements for a particular scholarship will be listed in the scholarship description.
Q: How will I be notified if I am selected as a scholarship recipient?
A: All scholarship applicants will be notified via the e-mail listed on your scholarship account as to whether or not they were selected for a scholarship.
Q: Will receiving a scholarship change my financial aid awards?
A: Due to Federal regulations, the Office of Financial Aid is required to consider all of your resources when determining eligibility for financial aid. Therefore, receiving a scholarship may change the composition of your financial aid award(s).
Q: If I apply, am I guaranteed a scholarship?
A: Meeting the application requirements and scholarship criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.
Q: Do I need to “accept” a scholarship in order to receive it?
A: Yes, so we can be sure that you are still planning to enroll at SCC and use the funding. If you are notified of an award, we will provide instructions on how to accept the award.
Q: What happens if I don’t answer a required question?
A: You will receive a warning message that will list the required question(s) that were not answered, as well as a link to the page where the question resides. Click on the link to access the page(s) that need updating. Until you answer all required questions, you will not be allowed to submit your application.
Q: How much time to I have to complete an application?
A: 45 minutes PER PAGE. You have another 45 minutes every time you hit Save.
Q: Do I have to complete my application all at once?
A: No, you can log in and out of the application as often as needed up until the application due date. To ensure the data entered is saved, click on “Save and Continue” at the bottom of the page you are on before logging out!
Q: What is the best way to complete the short essay questions?
A: We recommend that you log out (remember your user name and password!) and write your essays in Microsoft Word or similar word processing application. To check the length of each of your essays, highlight the specific essay and look at the word count at the bottom of your screen. Keeping your Word document open, log back into your scholarship application, then copy and paste each essay into the appropriate section of the application using the “copy” and “paste” commands in your word processor. Hit “Save and Continue” to keep working on your application.
Q: Will I receive an e-mail confirmation of my completed e-mail application?
A: Yes. When you submit the completed application, you will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address you entered when you created your online scholarship account.
Q: How soon will I know if I have been selected?
A: Please allow at least one month following the application deadline.
Q: Do I have to attend the November scholarship reception?
A: Yes, or send a designee. It is important that our Donors meet our scholarship recipients, so they continue to help fund SCC Foundation scholarships. You must respond to our electronic reminder postcard (i.e., RSVP) so we can prepare for room set-up, snacks and beverages.
Q: I have another question not asked here…who do I contact?
A: Send an e-mail to Julie Glasgow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (319) 208-5062.