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Applicant Instructions, Resources, & FAQs

As you begin your scholarship application, here are some steps & resources to help you successfully navigate the application process.

Need help?

Please email Maryellen Ferro or call (734) 663.0401 x16 with questions.

Step One: Prepare

Before beginning the application process, it is recommended that all applicants do the following:

Step Two: Apply

  • Start your application by answering the Prequalifying Questions to determine which scholarship(s) you are eligible for
  • If you have already applied for a scholarship through AAACF in the past, you will need your User Name and Password to Log In. If you can’t recall your User Name or Password, please contact Zac Smith for assistance. After you complete the registration process you will have the ability to begin the application
  • Review the list of paper applications to find out if you are eligible for any of them
  • Obtain the completed Scholarship Recommendation Form and upload it to your online application. If your recommender would prefer the document remain confidential they can email it to scholarships@aaacf.org
  • Obtain your most recent transcript and upload it to your online Scholarship Application
  • Upload additional essays or other documents if required

Step Three: Finish

  • Finish the online portion of your Scholarship Application (including the two essays)
  • Preview a PDF of your application
  • Review your Scholarship Dashboard to make sure you have submitted all the documents needed to complete your application(s) by 3 PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2018

Scholarship FAQs

Who do I contact if I forgot my User Name and/or Password?

If you forget your login credentials, please contact Zac Smith at zsmith@aaacf.org.

What do I do if I completed the Prequalifying Questions and a scholarship I believe I fit the criteria for did not appear on the list of eligible scholarships?

If you have carefully gone through the Prequalifying Questions and still are not receiving the results you think you should, please contact Zac Smith at zsmith@aaacf.org or 734-436-7593 for additional assistance.

Do I need to complete the FAFSA in order to apply for a scholarship?

Although all students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, it is not required to apply for a scholarship through AAACF.

Do I need to be a US Citizen or certified US permanent resident to apply for a scholarship?

The scholarships offered through AAACF are open to students regardless of their citizenship or permanent residence status.

Can I apply for a scholarship if I am planning to take a gap year after high school?

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.

Can I apply for and receive more than one scholarship?

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.

If I applied for a scholarship last year and want to apply again this year do I need to go through the Prequalifying Questions again? How do I access the profile I already set up?

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 Zac Smith at zsmith@aaacf.org

What do I do if I started an application but do not know how to resume work on the application again?

How is financial need determined?

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.

How is economically disadvantaged defined?

AAACF uses 200% of the most current Federal Poverty Guidelines to determine eligibility.

How do I upload my transcript, Scholarship Recommendation Form, and additional requirements (if needed)?

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 Zac Smith at zsmith@aaacf.org and he will upload them for you.

What kind of files can I upload as attachments?

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.

Who should I ask to fill out the Scholarship Recommendation Form for me?

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.

What do I do if the person who fills out the Scholarship Recommendation Form does not want me to see it?

Scholarship Recommendation Forms that are to remain confidential can be emailed by the recommender to scholarships@aaacf.org.

Can my recommender write a Letter of Recommendation instead of filling out the Scholarship Recommendation Form?

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.

Do my transcripts need to be official?

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 12th at 3 PM.

Do I need to include a high school transcript in my application if I am already in college?

Applicants who are enrolled in college should upload their most recent college transcript only.

Should I list my high school activities if I am already in college?

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.

When will I be notified if I have received a scholarship?

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.

What can the scholarship money be used for and how is it disbursed?

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.

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