Why do I have to have a MY MSJC account? This is how we confirm your
identity when you apply for scholarships.
Do I need to complete the FAFSA?Yes and no. You need to complete the FAFSA for scholarships
that are considered “need-based” or mentions something like “financial need
required” in the description. For scholarships that are not considered
“need-based” you will not need to complete the FAFSA. However, it is always a
good idea to complete the FAFSA to determine if there is any financial aid
available to you even if you don’t think you will qualify (you may be
Do I have to have
a high GPA to apply for scholarships?Not necessarily. While academic performance is a criterion
for many scholarships, there are some that do not consider a high GPA as part
of the eligibility process. Many only require a 2.5.
Can I save my application
and come back later? Yes, click on the “Save” button
at the bottom of the application.
I looked at my Import
information and it is incorrect. How do I correct the information? To help with matching you to
scholarships, some information is imported into your scholarship application
directly from our college system. We import the information a few times during
the scholarship application period. If it is incorrect, you will need to check
with the Admissions and Records office regarding how to correct your
information in our college system such as name, address, home college, etc.
Many items can be corrected on WebAdvisor.
I entered my essay, but I
made a mistake. Can I correct it? Yes. You can edit your essay at
any time within the scholarship application up until the deadline.
Can I change the answers to
the questions on my general application? Yes, you may edit your answers
up until the deadline.
How do I get a
recommendation for scholarships? You need to think of someone
(preferable an instructor, counselor, employer) who can attest to your academic
and/or personal strengths and ask them if they would be willing to provide a scholarship
recommendation. Ask them for their email and enter it in the scholarship
application where indicated. They will then receive an email from the
scholarship system and will be able to log into the system and complete a
recommendation in your scholarship application. You only need one
recommendation to apply for scholarships, but you may request a second
How can I tell if the
recommendation I requested has been provided? At the top of your scholarship
home page, click on “References.” You will then see a list of the people from
which you have requested a recommendation/reference. It will say “Requested” or
“Submitted.” If it says “Submitted” the recommendation has been received and
will be visible to the review committee. If it says “Requested” the
recommendation has not been provided. You then have the option of sending a
reminder email. Remember those from whom you request a recommendation have the
right to decline the request or just not complete it. That is why it is always
a good idea to have one or two others in mind as a back-up to provide the
recommendation. Also, don’t forget to ask in plenty of time for them to be able
to submit it on time.
How do I get a copy of my
unofficial transcript? To request a copy of your
unofficial transcript, go to your home college website and log into WebAdvisor.
Then click on STUDENT. Under ACADEMIC PROFILE click on “View/Print my
Unofficial Transcript.” You will not be able to save the transcript to your
desktop, so you need to print it out, scan it and then save it to your desktop
or a memory device. Then, you will be able to upload the copy into your
How do I know if my
application is complete? On your main scholarship page
after you log in, you will see your General Application and it will say
“Submitted.” Anything that says “Drafted” is not complete and requires more
attention or information from you. Please pay attention to any messages at the
top of your home scholarship page.
Oops the deadline passed,
can I submit my application late? Sorry, but the system will shut
down and you will not be able to apply late. Please start early and don’t wait
until the last minute.
How can I know what
scholarship opportunities I was automatically matched to? You are matched to scholarships
for which you meet the criteria (that is why we ask you so many questions in
the application!). After you are matched to scholarships there are two types.
One type of matched scholarship (referred to as “Auto-Match”) does not require
any further action on your part and you will be considered for those scholarships.
However, you will not see a list of those scholarships. The other type of
matched scholarships (referred to as “Apply-To”) will need extra information
and action from you to determine further eligibility. These will show up on
your home scholarship page and you will need to detail into each one to
complete the application process to be considered for these scholarships. When
the status of the scholarship shows as “Submitted” you are done applying for
the scholarship. If it says “Drafted” further action is needed and you will not
be considered for the scholarship until it is complete.
Why do some scholarship
opportunities have an award amount and other opportunities say “varies”? The scholarship opportunities
that list the amount as “varies” are scholarships that the award amount can
change from year to year and we do not yet know the amount at the time of
application. You will be notified of the amount when you are offered the
How are scholarship
recipients selected? The method of selecting MSJC
scholarship recipients is determined by the donor of the scholarship funds. The
applications may be reviewed by a donor committee or by the MSJC
Foundation Scholarship Committee. The MSJC Foundation Committee is made up of MSJC
Foundation directors who are committed to equality and fairness for all
applicants as well as selecting the applicant who best fits the donor’s
requirements and scholarship criteria.
How do I know if I am
selected as a scholarship recipient? If you are selected as a
recipient of a scholarship, you will be offered the scholarship(s) in the
scholarship system website. The system will send an email to your student email
account with information regarding the scholarship offer. You will need log
into the scholarship system to accept the scholarship award, and then you will
receive more information regarding eligibility, disbursement and the
What If I am not selected as
a recipient? If you are not selected as a
recipient of a scholarship, you will not receive an offer email from the
scholarship system. On your scholarship page in the scholarship system, you
will see the scholarship status listed as “Not Selected.” However, please know
that your application will remain active in case a new scholarship comes
available or alternates are needed for scholarships for which the original
recipient is no longer eligible.
Do I have to attend the
scholarship award ceremony? If you are selected as a
scholarship recipient you are required to attend the scholarship recognition
event. Often, the donor of the scholarship and/or their families or
representatives will want to meet you, so please make every effort to attend.
There have also been times when the donor has requested that the scholarship be
given to an alternate due to the recipient not attending the ceremony. If you
are unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control, please notify
the Foundation in advance so that we can let the donor know why you are not in
Do I have to write a Thank
You letter? It is always a good idea to
show your gratitude as a recipient of scholarship funds to those who have
unselfishly provided those funds. It also shows respect and good manners on
your part. However, there are many scholarships where a thank you letter is required
and the scholarship funds will not be disbursed until the letter is
received. There is a place in the scholarship application to type in your thank
you letter once you have been offered and accepted the scholarship. Don’t let
not writing a thank you letter be a reason your scholarship funds are not
disbursed or delayed!
Can I lose my scholarship? Possibly. After the fall
semester, the units completed and the current cumulative GPA are reviewed for
all recipients of continuing scholarships. If a recipient of a scholarship does
not meet the donor’s requirements for each scholarship, they will be found
ineligible to receive the spring portion of their scholarship. So, if the
scholarship you were awarded requires a 3.0 GPA, you need to maintain a 3.0
GPA. And, if the scholarship requires full time enrollment, you need to
complete 12 units in the fall semester to receive your spring portion. While we
make every effort to disburse the scholarship funds, some scholarship criteria
are stricter than others. If you do not meet the criteria you will be notified.
How will I get my
scholarship money? The scholarship funds for
continuing students (attending MSJC) are disbursed in the same manner as all other
financial aid is disbursed and according to the financial aid disbursement
schedule. Generally, it is on the first disbursement of the semester as long as
you are enrolled in the number of units required for your scholarship. If you
enroll in units later, the disbursement will be delayed until the next
financial aid disbursement date. If you were awarded a transfer scholarship,
the funds are sent to your transfer university at the end of August before the
fall semester. You must enter the information about your transfer university in
place provided when you accept your scholarship. Also, sometimes we may have
not yet received the funds for the scholarships at the time of the first
disbursement. In that case, the scholarship funds will be disbursed on the next
financial aid disbursement date.
Oops, I thought I was
transferring but now I will attend MVC, NC or RCC, what happens now? If you were awarded a
scholarship as a student transferring from MSJC based on the information
provided on your scholarship application and you had planned to transfer but
now will be continuing at MSJC , please notify the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may or may not be eligible for the scholarship depending
on the donor’s criteria. Unfortunately, some scholarships are designated only
for continuing or transfer students.