Scholarships for Current Students
Institutional and Endowed Scholarships Through Spelman
How do scholarships work for current Spelmanites and how do I apply?
Once a year, generally in March, applications are accepted for endowed and institutional scholarships available at Spelman. All current Spelman students with a 3.00 GPA or greater are encouraged to apply. More information about this process will be sent to your Spelman e-mail account in March; generally two to three weeks prior to the application deadline. Once the deadline for the application has passed you will have to wait until the next year to apply. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The application is Web-based, and paper applications are not available. The application will generally take you less than 10 minutes to complete and does not require an essay or letters of recommendation.
What types of institutional scholarships are generally available?
We never know until we hear from the business office as to which and how many funds are available in any given year. Generally a scholarship does not become available until funds are made available by an individual who is no longer a student at Spelman. Some years there will be more scholarship funds available than others and each scholarship has different criteria. Some may require students to be in certain majors and have certain levels of financial need.
What information is required to apply for endowed and institutional scholarships at Spelman?
All you need to complete is the simple online application once it is made available (again it isn’t available until March of each year and the link to complete it will be e-mailed to you). You will also need to have a completed FAFSA in the system prior to the end of the spring semester (this includes having all verification documentation in as well if applicable). We need to know what your Estimated Family Contribution is before we will be able to consider you for most scholarships available at Spelman.
Are all endowed and institutional scholarships at Spelman based on financial need?
No, not at all, but we still need a completed FAFSA on file for you in order to determine which scholarships you are eligible for and which ones you are not.
If I am selected to receive an endowed or institutional scholarship through Spelman how and when will I be notified?
Because the selection process is extremely time consuming and involves many different departments on campus it is generally mid-July before scholarship decisions are made. Every applicant will receive an email regarding their status once the process is complete.
Scholarships outside of Spelman
It is VERY important that you apply for scholarships outside of Spelman. Even if you do extremely well while here at Spelman there is no guarantee you will be offered an institutional and/or endowed scholarship; we simply do not have the funding to provide adequate scholarship support for every student that needs it and is deserving of it.
Many organizations and corporations provide scholarships for current college students. Please be aware that scholarships run in cycles; most scholarships open to applicants and have deadlines between October through early May. DO NOT begin looking for a scholarship opportunity a few days before your final bill to Spelman is due. Scholarship application processes take time and it can take up to six months for an organization to notify you. Additionally, there are very few scholarship opportunities available to apply for during the summer months. Taking the time complete scholarship applications will make a huge difference in how you finance your college education; you can never have too much scholarship money so be sure to apply for outside scholarships.
How will I know about outside scholarship opportunities?
Spelman has two scholarship coordinators available to assist you; Mrs. McQuay and Ms. Gardner. Generally, Ms. Gardner will send notices to your Spelman e-mail account regarding outside scholarship opportunities every 10 days. Checking your Spelman e-mail account is critical to this process. You can also follow the scholarship office on Twitter at SC_Scholarships, or stop by and visit us in Packard Hall, rooms 106 and 107.
We are here to help you find and secure outside scholarship opportunities, but we aren’t able to find every opportunity available, so doing some research on your own is also advised. We can only provide you information, we can’t force you to check your email or to apply for scholarships so don’t delay; start researching and applying for outside scholarships early and often (try to complete at least two to three scholarship applications each month).
I have applied for countless outside scholarships and I haven’t gotten any, what am I doing wrong?
Unfortunately, we don’t have any say in the decisions made by outside scholarship agencies, but we can help you edit and review essays required for scholarship applications, personal statements and resumes, and help you put your scholarship application packet together so it is professional and makes the best impression. What we find more often than not is that students simply are not applying for enough scholarships. You can’t put all of your eggs in one basket. The more scholarships you apply for, the better your chances of securing funding. Additionally, your GPA does matter, so be sure you keep your grades as competitive as possible. Finally, DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. You will not receive every scholarship you apply for, it doesn’t mean you should stop applying so don’t give up and keeping reaching out for funding opportunities.
Please remember that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Scholarships NEVER have application fees. Do not give out your social security number; instead, use other identifying information such as your birthday and middle initial. When in doubt talk contact the Scholarship Office or take time to research the organization or company offering the scholarship to make sure the opportunity is legitimate.