FAQ

When can I fill out my scholarship application?

The application will open to students on December 15, 2014.

How long do I have to finish the application?

The application close date is to be determined.

When do I find out if I have been awarded an scholarship?

Scholarship award letters are sent out after the Scholarship Committee meets at a date to be determined.  Please check back later for a specific date.

How do I apply for more than one College of Education Scholarship?

You only need to fill out the application once to be considered for all the College of Education scholarships that you qualify for.

Why do I have to complete my FAFSA so early to be considered for a scholarship?

Some scholarships are awarded based on financial need.  you must fill out your FAFSA to determine whether you qualify for need based scholarships.

What should I put in my letter?

This student letter is a critical component of your application. Your letter should include the following information:  
  • explain why you are attending college; 
  • describe your career goals and aspirations; 
  • describe how a monetary award for college expenses will help you attain your goals, and 
  • provide other pertinent information related to specific scholarship criteria.  
You are not applying for a specific scholarship, however; if you have particular circumstances that qualify you for a scholarship (such as graduation from a particular high school, plans to student teach in a certain geographic area, or are a member of a particular tribe) this would be very helpful information to include in your letter. Please be aware that if your letter is not well written, includes spelling and/or grammatical errors, or lacks substance the review of your application will be negatively impacted. It is expected that you will provide a professional, well written letter that is approximately one page in length (450 words minimum/500 words maximum).   Copying and pasting your “Why I want to be a teacher” letter from a PEU admission application would not meet the criteria for this letter.

Does completing the COE application automatically qualify me for other university wide scholarships?

No, if you want to be considered for other scholarships outside the College of Education, you will need to fill out their application.

If I have a tuition waiver am I still eligible for scholarships?

Yes, though your application would not be considered a high priority for award.

How do I apply for a tuition waiver?

Each department handles tuition waivers differently.  For more information contact your department directly.

If I miss the submission date is there any way I can be considered for a scholarship?

No, however you might wish to look for applications that are still open.  Often the Financial Aid application is open longer than the College of Education Scholarship Application.

What happens to scholarships that are not accepted or given out?

The committee creates a back-up list at the time the awards are made and scholarships are offered to the next student on that list until it is accepted.  If there are no applicants who qualify for a specific scholarship, those funds are either put back into principal to build the endowment or held over to award the next year.