SCHOLARSHIP FAQ | 2016-2017
Before you begin the scholarship application process, please review the following questions and answers to make the process smooth and easy.
How can I apply for a UCF Alumni scholarship?
Scholarship applications are available on your myUCF page under "Student Self Service" > "Scholarship Application" > "Home Page" > "Add New Scholarship." You will only see scholarships for which you meet the basic eligibility requirements. IMPORTANT! You must then read each scholarship description you can see to make sure you meet ALL of the specific criteria required for each scholarship before applying. Just because you can see a scholarship in your myUCF portal, does not mean you meet all required criteria. Please read descriptions carefully before submitting the application.
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes, you may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for and can access on your myUCF portal as long as you meet the specific criteria listed for each.
Why can't I see scholarships on my page that my friends/classmates see on theirs?
Scholarships will appear in your myUCF based on basic eligibility requirements for each scholarship. Criteria used to determine basic eligibility includes, but is not limited to: GPA, class standing and academic program. You must have attended UCF for at least one term in order to be eligible to apply or access scholarships on myUCF (unless otherwise noted).
I've been accepted to UCF, but why can't I see the scholarships I think I'm eligible for on myUCF?
There are several possibilities as to why you are not seeing scholarships:
- You do not meet the basic criteria for the scholarship. Criteria used to determine basic eligibility includes, but is not limited to: GPA, class standing and academic program.
- You do not have at least one semester/term at UCF and have a GPA for that semester/term to in order to be eligible. You must have attended UCF for at least one term in order to be eligible to apply or access scholarships on myUCF (unless otherwise noted).
- If you are looking for a regional scholarship and do not see it, your address on file with the university may not be in the specifically noted county/state.
This is my first semester at UCF and I don't have a GPA yet. Can I still apply?
In order to see and access scholarships on myUCF, you must have attended UCF for at least one term and have a GPA for that semester to in order to be eligible (unless otherwise noted). If you don't see a specific scholarship listed on your myUCF portal, you have not met the basic criteria and are not eligible for that scholarship.
What are the GPA requirements for scholarships?
- Each scholarship requires a different minimum overall GPA. Most require a minimum overall 3.5 GPA (unless otherwise noted in individual scholarship description). Please refer to the scholarship description for the specific scholarship you are applying for to see GPA requirements.
- You must have attended UCF for at least one term and have an overall GPA in order to be eligible to apply or access scholarships on myUCF (unless otherwise noted).
- All scholarships require enrollment at UCF as a full-time student (12 hours undergraduate or 9 hours graduate) during the fall and spring semesters during the 2016-2017 academic year (unless otherwise specified).
- All scholarship awards are contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. During the academic year for which a scholarship is awarded (2016-2017), you must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours undergraduate/9 hours graduate, unless otherwise noted) and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
How is class standing determined?
Class standing is calculated by the number of credit hours you will have as of fall 2016: Freshman (0-29 credit hours, must have a GPA at UCF to apply, (unless otherwise noted), Sophomore (30-59 credit hours), Junior (60-89 credit hours), Senior (90+ credit hours). Graduate students are those who have already received their bachelor's degree.
Will you accept applications after midnight on the cut-off date?
No. All scholarship applications and ALL supporting documents must be submitted electronically by midnight on Mar. 6, 2016. (For any scholarships requiring transcripts, they must be postmarked by Mar. 6, 2016.)
Can I edit my application once it is submitted?
No. Once you hit submit you cannot go back and edit your application. Be sure to have all your supporting documents ready for upload prior to completing the online application.
I don't have all of my supporting documents yet. Can I still apply now?
No. All scholarship applications must be submitted electronically online through myUCF. You must obtain/complete ALL required supporting documents required PRIOR to completing your online application. Once you hit submit, you CANNOT go back to edit your application. Supporting documents are required and the application will not let you submit without them. Incomplete applications, missing supporting documents will NOT be considered. Supporting documents may include: activities summary, recommendation letter, essay, etc. Please refer to criteria for each specific scholarship for a list of required supporting documents.
Do I have to write a separate essay for each scholarship I apply for?
Yes, each scholarship essay question is different. Essay topics are listed in the individual scholarship criteria for each scholarship.
Your essay should be saved and named with your first and last name (KnightroKnightEssay.doc) and uploaded when prompted after completing the online application.
Do I need to submit transcripts from the other institutions that I attended prior to UCF?
Only if you are a freshman who is coming directly from high school or a transfer student coming directly from a community college and are applying for one of the following scholarships: UCF Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Transfer Student Scholarship, Tampa Bay Knights Legacy Scholarship or the Southeast Florida Knight Scholarship. Transcripts need to be mailed to: UCF Alumni Scholarships, PO Box 160046, Orlando, Florida 32816-0046. Transcripts must be postmarked by Mar. 6, 2016.
If the specific scholarship criteria does not state that transcripts are required, then you do not need to submit them.
Who can write my recommendation letter?
Recommendation letters MUST be written by someone other than a family member (IE. faculty member, advisor, employer, etc.) for each scholarship application (unless otherwise noted). Please refer to the individual scholarship requirements to see if you need a recommendation letter and how many. Please have your recommender save the letter as a PDF to their computer with your first and last name (KnightroKnightRec.pdf) and then have them email them electronically to you. You will then be able to upload the file when prompted while submitting your online scholarship application through your myUCF portal.
Recommendation letters will not be accepted via email or mail.
How do my recommenders submit my recommendation letter?
Recommendation letters MUST be submitted by YOU (the scholarship applicant) electronically when submitting your scholarship application online. Please have your recommender save the letter or form as a PDF to their computer with your first and last name (KnightroKnightRec.pdf) and then have them email the recommendation directly to you electronically. You will then be able to upload the file when prompted while submitting your scholarship application online through your myUCF portal.
Recommendation letters should be in electronic format and obtained in advance of completing your application. You MUST upload it with your online application. We will not accept recommendations from recommenders via email or mail. Please communicate that with your recommender when requesting your recommendation letter. The online system will not allow you to submit the application without the recommendation letter(s). If we receive your application without an electronic version of the recommendation letter, it will be considered incomplete.
Are high school seniors planning for summer/fall 2016 at UCF eligible to apply?
You must have access to your myUCF portal. If you do, there may be a few scholarships available to you (depending on if you meet the eligibility criteria). Most alumni scholarships require students to have at least attended UCF for one term and have an overall GPA at UCF in order to be eligible to apply or access scholarships on myUCF. If incoming students do not see any scholarships in their myUCF portal, then they do not meet the basic eligibility requirements and will need to wait until next year to apply.
The Southeast Florida Knights Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen who are a permanent residents of Dade or Broward counties and requires an online application that is not through their myUCF portal. That application may be accessed through the alumni scholarship page.
If my GPA is low and I improve the score, will I be eligible?
No. Your overall GPA at the time of application (spring 2016) will be used to determine scholarship eligibility.
If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will be required to remain enrolled full-time (12 hours undergraduates/9 hours graduate students) and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to receive the disbursement of your scholarship.
I'm taking classes part time. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Yes, there are some scholarships open to part-time students, however, please note that all scholarship recipients must be enrolled at UCF as a full-time student at the time when award money is disbursed (12 hours undergraduate or 9 hours graduate) unless otherwise noted.
Who selects the scholarship recipients?
A committee made up of alumni volunteers reviews the scholarship applications and provides input during the selection process. Final selection is determined by faculty/staff.
When will scholarship winners be notified of the committee's decision?
All scholarship applicants will receive written or electronic notice of the scholarship committee's decision in August 2016.
When will scholarship monies be disbursed?
Scholarships are awarded for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters only. Half of each scholarship will be transferred into financial aid accounts in September and the remainder in February.
Scholarship awards of $1,000 or more will be split into two disbursements, one in fall and one in spring. Scholarships awards under $1,000 will be disbursed in full in fall unless otherwise noted in notification letter or if the award is designated for a different semester.
I'm taking classes over the summer. Can I get my scholarship disbursed early?
Unfortunately no. Scholarships are awarded for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters only.
Are UCF employees or family members eligible to apply?
Yes, provided you/they meet the eligibility requirements for each scholarship.
NO APPLICATIONS OR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5 p.m. on the cut-off day!
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