As you begin your scholarship application, here are some steps & resources to help you successfully navigate the application process.
Please email Maryellen Ferro or call (734) 663.0401 x16 with questions.
Before beginning the application process, it is recommended that all applicants do the following:
If you forget your login credentials, please contact Maryellen Ferro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.663.0401.
If you have carefully gone through the Prequalifying Questions and still are not receiving the results you think you should, please contact Maryellen Ferro at email@example.com or 734.663.0401 for additional assistance.
Although all students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, it is not required to apply for a scholarship through AAACF.
The scholarships offered through AAACF are open to students regardless of their citizenship or permanent residence status.
Students who plan to take a gap year are eligible to apply for scholarships, but if they are selected as a recipient must communicate their plans to AAACF after the award has been made.
Students are encouraged to apply for as many of the scholarships as they are eligible for and are not limited in the number they may receive.
Because it is a new year and a new application cycle you will need to complete the Prequalifying Questions again to determine which scholarships you are eligible for. If you can’t recall your User Name and/or Password, please contact Maryellen Ferro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download Instructions for Applicants: Resuming an Application.
Financial need is determined based on the information that is entered into the online Scholarship Application. AAACF staff will take the number listed as the EFC (expected family contribution) and add it to the amount that your family can pay towards college expenses and subtract that number from the cost to attend each of the colleges to which you are applying. This number will give the committee a guideline to use to determine the gap in funding.
AAACF uses 200% of the most current Federal Poverty Guidelines to determine eligibility.
Download Instructions for Applicants: Resuming an Application and Instructions for Applicants: Uploading Documents. Please note that you may upload your documents at any time in the application process. If you have trouble uploading the documents you can email them to Maryellen Ferro at email@example.com and she will upload them for you.
Documents that are uploaded to your application must be Word documents or PDF’s. Google documents, jpegs, pngs, and photos of documents are not acceptable and can often not be opened internally. Unfortunately, this will result in your application being marked as incomplete.
With the exception of the Richard Weldon Memorial Scholarship which must be completed by an employer for a job that was held while attending Pioneer HS, this form should be completed by someone who knows you best and can speak to your individual qualities (teachers, advisors, mentors, counselors, coaches, supervisors, employers, etc.). Scholarship Recommendation Forms from relatives, family members, or peers are not accepted.
Scholarship Recommendation Forms that are to remain confidential can be emailed by the recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to ensure that our committees have the information they need to make thoughtful and objective decisions about scholarship recipients, ONLY the Scholarship Recommendation Form is accepted.
While AAACF strongly encourages transcripts to be official, unofficial transcripts are accepted. However, transcripts that are cut and pasted into a Word document and photos of transcripts are not accepted. Please begin the process of obtaining your transcript as soon as possible so that you have it in time to upload before the deadline on March 13th at 5 PM.
Applicants who are enrolled in college should upload their most recent college transcript only.
Applicants who are enrolled in college should not include their high school activities, but should list any community based activities that occurred during that time if they are relevant.
In most instances, scholarship applicants can expect to hear back from AAACF via email regarding the status of their application at any time between the months of April and June. However, a few scholarships are announced at high school graduation ceremonies/banquets/etc.
Scholarships may be used to help defray the costs associated with tuition, the purchase of books, and any other related educational expenses. Scholarship payments will be sent in full to the school a recipient has identified they will be attending after AAACF receives a Verification of Enrollment. How the scholarship money is disbursed varies from institution to institution.