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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the basic requirements to apply for a scholarship?

12 units completed at SMC; greater than 2.5 G.P.A.; making satisfactory progress.

What is the general process?

When you fill out one application, you are then matched to a scholarship based on the information you have provided from your application and other requested information; You are considered for all the scholarships for which you are qualified, however, you can only win one (1) - two (2) SMC scholarships yearly.

May I be awarded more than one scholarship?

Yes. You may win one SMC Foundation Award as well as one non-campus award  (non-campus awards are marked with an asterisk (*) in the brochure.)

How many units must I be enrolled in to receive the award, once I have been chosen?

Students need to be enrolled in 6 units on campus in the fall semester; students who are enrolled in online
courses must have completed units on campus as well.

What if I have a already degree from the U.S. or another country, can I still apply?

No, the awards are not for students with BS/BA Degree.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No. While some awards do require U. S. Citizenship, most do not. We have a high percentage of international students as winners each year.  Do not confuse citizenship with community service.

Can I win a scholarship if I'm planning to attend a 4-year university next year?

Yes. The scholarship brochure indicates which scholarships are for students planning to (T) transfer; (C) for continuing SMC students who return in the fall; (G) for graduating students; and (R) for high school recruitment students.

What If I haven't declared a major?

There are approximately 130 scholarships available to all majors and another 150+ for specific majors. If you have not declared a major, you will be considered only for those awards listed for "all majors." If you have declared a major, generally you will be considered for those plus, the awards listed under your major.

What are the basic amount(s) of awards?

Awards range anywhere from $250 - $2000.

When do I get my award?

Awards are disbursed by check in the summer (returning students only) or fall semesters each year. If you are a continuing student at SMC, some check/s are issued in two parts, the Fall and Spring semesters. Some vocational awards are given upon verified completion of the program. Outside organizations may mail your check or present it to you at a special event.

Can I be Disqualified from receiving an award?

Yes, under certain circumstances, students who apply or awarded a scholarship may be deemed ineligible to receive the award if the following should occur at any time. In such cases, the scholarship is awarded to an alternate student.

      Dishonesty- if the student's application has been found to contain false or misleading information.
      Disciplinary action- has been taken by SMC aganist the student for any reason.
      Failure to enroll-at SMC or transfer within six months of receiving the award.

How will I know If I have won?

You will receive notification by mail in early May or June, and you will receive an invitation to the Awards Ceremony.

Do I need to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony?

Yes. All winners are required to attend the Ceremony. If you do not attend, you will forfeit your scholarship/s. Scholarship donors and faculty are very proud of their scholarships, and want to convey their congratulations to you in person.  If you are unable to attend, please inform the office by phone or mail as soon as possible.

Can I find out about private non-campus based scholarships?

Yes. We will provide you with additional information concerning private organizations that wish to help students fund their education. In addition, please check out the SMC website: www.smc.edu under Admissions; Financial Aid, click Scholarships; embedded in our website are other places to explore.We also encourage you to investigate awards offered by companies, foundations and organizations that do not use our application. There are more than 50+ books in the SMC library reference section to explore.

 

PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Finding Scholarships:

A majority of scholarship books are divided by major, ethnic background, state of residence and special interest. Some scholarship books are entirely dedicated to minority students, disabled students, or women.  Look around until you find a description that identities you. Once you locate a book, go to either the back or the front of the book to find a listing of your major, ethnicity, or state of residence.  The reason for doing this is to immediately locate those scholarships which you are eligible for. A scholarship book usually consists of hundreds of entries which are identified by a number. You want to look in the index rather than go through each entry individually. Never hesitate to request information from a scholarship organization. 

By using the system correctly you will see that your personal characteristics qualify you for many awards.  Many times the eligibility for the awards are very general, so be certain to apply for the scholarships.  Awards may be open to students who fall into general ethnic categories or disabilities. Do not think it awkward if after your search, you find yourself with a list of thirty or more scholarship organizations, or if you take a few trips to the library before you complete your research.  This is only the beginning of the scholarship process.

Requesting Information:

Once you have the names and addresses of the scholarship organizations, which you believe you qualify for, send out a general letter briefly introducing yourself  and requesting an application. You will normally be provided with a deadline so make sure that your requests go in at least two months prior to the application deadline.  It might be extremely useful, if you have a computer to enter all your addresses into a database and merge them to a letter.  Doing this can save you a lot of time.  If a telephone number is provided, it might be easier to call and request the application form.  If you are uncertain as to whether you qualify or not for a scholarship, contact the organization anyway.  As long as you meet the minimum requirements you should apply.