When is the best time to start looking for scholarships?
The sooner the better. Searching for scholarships does take time so it is a good idea to start early and search often. Our scholarships require that you be at least a graduating high school senior before applying. Eligibility requirements and deadline dates vary from year to year, so be sure to review the details carefully.
Do I need to wait until I am accepted for admission before I apply for scholarships?
No, you can apply for scholarships while making final decisions about your education. However, you will have to be admitted and enrolled to an accredited college or university before the Inland Empire Community Foundation can pay an award.
Do I need to submit a FAFSA to be eligible to apply for scholarship?
What scholarships do you offer?
Am I eligible for this scholarship?
May I apply for more than one scholarship at a time?
How do I apply for a scholarship?
May I fax or email my application?
May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?
Will I be notified when my application is received?
What happens after my application is received?
How will I be notified if I receive a scholarship? May I call and follow up?
If I receive a scholarship, how do I claim it?
What are my chances for receiving a scholarship?
Are the scholarships renewable?
May I contact the donors who provided the funds for my scholarship?
Do you have any tips for applying for scholarships?
- Pay close attention to scholarship application deadlines. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.
- Gather application materials early – give your self plenty of time to complete each step. Applications that have been rushed look sloppy and incomplete applications probably won’t be accepted.
- Prepare your resume and keep it updated – this is a good way to outline your thoughts and show your activities and achievements.
- In your essays, let your personality shine through. Present your ideas in a focused, thoughtful and meaningful manner. Write in a natural style and support your ideas with specific examples.
- Proofread your essays and applications. Ask for feedback from friends, family and teachers.
- Think carefully about who should write your letters of recommendation. Choose people who can be specific about your strengths as well as your ability to overcome your weaknesses.
- Double check the list of required attachments and be sure you have included everything.
- Keep a copy of everything you submit.
- Don’t ignore small awards. Even these can add up.
- If you notified that you have received a scholarship made possible by a specific donor, send a thank you note to the donor.
- Also, if appropriate, keep the donor informed of your progress.
If I do not receive a scholarship, what are my other options?
If you have any additional questions, please contact IECF at 951.241.7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.