Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about scholarships available through York County Community Foundation? The following is a list of our most frequently asked questions.
If you still have a question after reviewing these FAQs, contact Jane Conover
at York County Community Foundation.
1. How can I apply for a scholarship at York County Community Foundation?
- How can I apply for a scholarship at York County Community Foundation?
- How do I receive my scholarship award?
- How do I renew my scholarship?
- How quickly will my scholarship award be processed and sent to my school financial aid office or bookstore?
- I was not able to return the acceptance/renewal form by the deadline. Can I still receive my award?
- What if my scholarship is awarded after school has started?
- Who do I contact if the financial aid office or bookstore cannot find my scholarship award check?
- I decided not to attend University A and instead will be enrolling at University B. Can I get my scholarship back from University A so that I can use it at University B?
- Will I have to pay taxes on this scholarship award?
- What does full-time status mean?
York County Community Foundation administers many scholarship funds dedicated to students pursuing higher education. The Community Foundation holds the funds for the donors and disburses the scholarships through the 13 Dollars for Scholars chapters and school district scholarship foundations across York County. We suggest that you talk with your hign school guidance office to apply for scholarships available in your school district.
The Community Foundation administers several scholarships independently of the Dollars for Scholars program. Please refer to these scholarship opportunities in the Scholarship pages of this website.
In addition, a number of online resources exist that can assist you in your search. These include:
2. How do I receive my scholarship award?
York County Community Foundation sends the scholarship awards to the partnering Dollars for Scholars chapters/scholarship foundation. The Dollars for Scholars chapter/scholarship foundation usually sends the scholarship payment directly to the college/university. This payment may be made payable only to the school on your behalf or to both you and the school. If this is the case it is your responsibility to visit the financial aid office to sign off on the payment.
Some of the scholarship organizations make the payment directly to the student.
When the scholarship is awarded, you should be notified of the method of payment. Please contact your local scholarship organization or your high school guidance office to clarify the procedure that will be used.
3. How do I renew my scholarship?
If you have been granted a renewable scholarship you will be notified when the scholarship is awarded. Your scholarship organization will instruct you on how to renew your scholarship after your first year. You may be required to provide official transcripts to verify your academic performance and official notification from your school verifying continued fulltime enrollment.
4. How quickly will my scholarship award be processed and sent to my school financial aid office or bookstore?
The Community Foundation issues scholarship awards to the Dollars for Scholars chapter/scholarship organization early in July. The scholarship organization forwards individual checks to the institution you will attend before the beginning of your initial term. Occasionally a scholarship organization has adopted an alternate processing standard that they feel best suit the needs of their students. When your scholarship is awarded the steps for processing the scholarship should be clearly outlined.
5. I was not able to return the acceptance/renewal form by the deadline. Can I still receive my award?
If you feel you have missed a deadline, please promptly contact the scholarship organization that issued the acceptance/renewal form, the contact in your high school guidance office or the Community Investment Officer at York County Community Foundation.
6. What if my scholarship is awarded after school has started?
Most of the scholars are notified in late Spring when they have been selected for an award, prior to the start of the Fall semester. If you are selected for a scholarship at an alternative time of the year, your local scholarship organization will process your scholarship to coordinate with that term schedule.
7. Who do I contact if the financial aid office or bookstore cannot find my scholarship award check?
Remember that it takes time for your school's financial aid office to process all of the checks it receives in the mail, especially at the beginning of the semester. If three weeks have passed after receiving your copy of the disbursement letter, please call your college or university first and confirm if they have received your scholarship award. They may already have it but just did not process it yet. If you continue to have a problem, please contact your local scholarship organization or the York County Community Foundation at 717.848.3733 for assistance.
8. I decided not to attend University A and instead will be enrolling at University B. Can I get my scholarship back from University A so that I can use it at University B?
Yes, please contact University A's Financial Aid Office and request that they refund the money in full to your scholarship organization as soon as possible (they will probably do this anyhow, but receiving a call from you might help speed the process along. Typically, a scholarship cannot be re-issued to your new school until the funds have been returned. Since processing refunds sometimes take a long time at schools, please be aware that your scholarship may not be sent to your new school as quickly as you would like.) The Community Foundation is happy to serve as an intermediary for your Dollars for Scholars chapter in order to expedite the process.
9. Will I have to pay taxes on this scholarship award?
If your scholarship is used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for enrollment or class attendance, the award is not taxable. Please be aware that if you utilize this scholarship for educational expenses that are not considered tax-exempt, we suggest that you obtain professional tax advice. A good resource on this topic can be found on the Internet at www.irs.gov/faqs
10. What does full-time status mean?
Full-time status means that you are enrolled with a course load at your school that is greater than what part-time students carry. Each school will have a different unit minimum, although full-time status typically involves at least three to four courses. For example, at a community college full-time status is equal to a course load of 12 units. It is your responsibility to check with your college or university to ensure that you are meeting the minimum requirement(s) applicable to your award.