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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Deadlines and Late Materials
When is my scholarship application due?

Will my scholarship application be considered if my References do not submit their recommendations by the application deadline?

I need to gather more information for my application. Will Alpha Phi Foundation accept late material?

What happens if my computer crashes while I'm working on the application?
 
Application and Reference Information

Are any of the scholarships need-based?

How many applications does the Foundation receive per year, and how many scholarships are awarded?

I am currently a senior undergraduate member with plans to attend graduate school next year. Which application should I complete?

My References did not receive the link to the recommendation form. What should I do?

How do I know if my References have submitted their recommendation forms?

My Reference says she has submitted her recommendation form, but I haven't received a confirmation email. What should I do?

Can I update my application after I hit "Submit"?

I qualify for multiple scholarships. Do I have to submit a separate application for each award?

I have previously received a scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation. Can I apply again?

Eligibility
Do I have to be an Alpha Phi to apply?

Can I apply before I am initiated?

Do I have to have a certain major to apply?

Are all chapters eligible?

Can I use a scholarship for room and board for my Alpha Phi membership dues?

What's the difference between merit-based and need-based scholarships?

Deadlines and Late Materials
When is my scholarship application due?

Scholarship applications, including completed recommendations from References, and transcripts are due March 1, 2017 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time.

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Will my scholarship application be considered if my References do not submit their recommendations by the application deadline?

No. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Alpha Phi Foundation will not accept late application or acceptance materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to applications, recommendations, transcript and financial need documents.

In order for your application to be considered, it must include complete recommendations from an Alpha Phi Alumna Reference and a non-Alpha Phi Reference. As the applicant, you are responsible for submitting your complete application and verifying that your References have submitted complete recommendation forms.

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I need to gather more information for my application. Will Alpha Phi Foundation accept late material?

Alpha Phi Foundation will not accept late applications or materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to applications, recommendations, and transcript documents.

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What happens if my computer crashes while I'm working on the application?

To protect your application information from being lost, we recommend that you save all of your responses in a separate document. Also, as you work on your application, periodically save your changes. Application information is only saved when the applicant saves the content. There is no other way to retrieve information that was not saved by the user.

Please keep in mind that Alpha Phi Foundation will not accept late submissions, even in the event of a technology glitch.

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Application and Reference Information
Are any of the scholarships need-based?
 
Yes! Alpha Phi Foundation is proud to offer need-based scholarships. The Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship is awarded annually to five outstanding undergraduate Alpha Phis who qualify based on both merit and need. To learn more about this scholarship, and details on how to apply, click here.

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How many applications does the Foundation receive per year and how many scholarships are awarded?

For the 2016-17 academic year, a total of 328 undergraduate applications were submitted and 44 undergraduate scholarships awarded; 98 graduate applications were submitted and 24 graduate scholarships awarded.

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I am currently a senior undergraduate member with plans to attend graduate school next year. Which application should I complete?

Please complete the graduate application as any funds awarded would be for the 2017-18 academic year.

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My References did not receive the link to the recommendation form. What should I do?

First, make sure your References add automated.email@smarterselect.com to their email address book. Then, sign in to your application to re-send the recommendation request.

If you have NOT SUBMITTED your application:
1. Check the box next to "Re-Send Recommendation or Information Request" in the corresponding Reference section.
2. Select "Next" at the bottom of the page.

If you HAVE SUBMITTED your application:
1. On the first page of the application, select the green "Update Application" button in the top right hand corner.
2. Navigate to the References page.
3. Check the box next to "Re-Send Recommendation or Information Request" in the corresponding Reference section.
4. Select "Save" or "Update Application" at the bottom of the page.

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How do I know if my References have submitted their recommendation forms?

After your References have submitted their complete recommendation forms, you should receive an email from SmarterSelect confirming submission. You can also view the status of your References' recommendation forms at the top of each Reference section.

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My Reference says she has submitted her recommendation form, but I haven't received a confirmation email. What should I do?

Some References will have completed much of the information required for a recommendation form but have not officially submitted it. If your Reference is confident she has completed the recommendation form, but you have not received a confirmation email and the recommendation is still showing as "Pending" within your application, you should suggest that your Reference return to the recommendation form and click "Submit this Request" to submit the completed recommendation form. If she does not receive an on-screen confirmation after hitting submit, she should scroll through the recommendation form to find any areas highlighted pink and address those errors before selecting "Submit this Request" again. After she has successfully submitted a recommendation form, she will receive an on-screen confirmation message and you, as the applicant, will receive an automated email from SmarterSelect confirming receipt.

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Can I update my application after I hit "Submit"?

Changes to a submitted application may be made up to the application deadline by logging in to your application, completing changes, and resubmitting. The updated application will replace the original submission.

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I qualify for multiple scholarships. Do I have to submit a separate application for each award?

Upon submitting a scholarship application, you are automatically a candidate for any scholarships for which you qualify. We encourage all interested candidates to submit a scholarship application and allow Alpha Phi Foundation to consider you for any awards for which you are eligible.

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I have previously received a scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation. Can I apply again?

Yes, of course! The primary consideration is that you are enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a degree-granting program during the 2017-18 academic year.

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Eligibility
Do I have to be an Alpha Phi to apply?

Yes, you must be an Alpha Phi that will be enrolled in classes for the 2017-18 academic year and be current in all of your Alpha Phi dues.

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Can I apply before I am initiated?

Yes, as long as you will be initiated before May 15, 2017.

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Do I have to have a certain major to apply?

No, Alpha Phi Foundation accepts all majors. There are some scholarships specific to certain majors. To find out if yours is one of them, click here.

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Are all chapters eligible?

Yes, all Alpha Phi chapters are eligible to receive scholarships. Some chapters have scholarships endowed specifically for their members. To find out if this opportunity exists for your chapter, click here.

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Can I use a scholarship for room and board or my Alpha Phi membership dues?

No. Scholarships cannot be applied toward room and board expenses. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Alpha Phi Foundation cannot support Fraternity - or Greek-specific expenses, including membership dues.

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What's the difference between merit-based and need-based scholarships?


The basic difference between merit-based and need-based scholarships is that need-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. Financial need is not considered for merit-based scholarships. Candidates for need-based scholarships must be undergraduates who have completed and submitted the NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP section of the scholarship application.

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If you have questions not answered here, please contact:
Rachel Ray, Program Manager
rray@alphaphi.org