Scholarship FAQs

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If you have carefully gone through the Common Application and are still not receiving the results you think you should please contact Maryellen Ferro at

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.

With the exception of the Community Scholarship Program & the Morse B. Barker Memorial Scholarship, 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.

To resume your application, log into your account here. On your Applicant Dashboard click the blue text which reads “Edit Application.”

Financial need is determined based on the information that is entered into the online Scholarship Application.

If the student is now or has been before eligible for free and reduced lunch AAACF staff will take the family income and number of people in the household and consider those below 200% of the poverty level as eligible.

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.

The Scholarship Recommendation Form is confidential so you will not be able to see the responses at any time.

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.

Official and unofficial transcripts are accepted. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include the student's name, school name, grades (semester and cumulative), and cannot be cut and pasted into a document.

If transcripts are only accessible if paid for, please contact Maryellen Ferro at before purchasing. AAACF does not want paying for transcripts to become a barrier or obstacle to applying for a scholarship. Please begin the process of obtaining your transcript as soon as possible so it can be uploaded before the application deadline

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 March and April.

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.

Unless otherwise arranged, AAACF will request the dollars are distributed equally between the fall and winter semesters.