Scholarship FAQs

When are scholarships open to apply for?

Scholarship applications are open January 15 – March 15. 

How do I apply?

Go online to North Georgia Community Foundation’s website portal: http://ngcf.spectrumportal.net/ and create a user name to begin applying for scholarships.

What scholarships are offered by NGCF?

A complete list of the scholarships managed by NGCF can be found here: www.ngcf.org/scholarships

What are my chances for receiving a scholarship?

Scholarship awards are based on scholarship criteria, the availability of funds and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. These factors change with every funding cycle, and some years are more competitive than others.

May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?

Yes. It is possible, and acceptable, to receive multiple awards.

How do I know which scholarships I am eligible for?

Applicants will typically fill out a ‘common scholarship application. The answers given on this application will populate the scholarships you are eligible for.

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 NGCF will pay the award.

What happens after my application is received?

Once a deadline has passed and all applications are processed, a committee will review the applications and make award recommendations. Award recommendations are based on scholarship criteria, the availability of funds and the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

When and how will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?

The review process will typically occur after scholarships close in March and continue through April. Scholarship recipients will be notified upon receipt of their award at their honors night program, and/or by letter in the mail by the end of May. Your letter will include details of your award and the process for receiving your scholarship.

If I receive a scholarship, how do I claim it?

The scholarship letter will include instructions on how to accept your scholarship. Scholarship checks will be issued during the first part of July. They are mailed to your school, and you will receive a copy for your records.

May I contact the donors who provided the funds for my scholarship?

Yes! We absolutely want you to send a thank you note that we can share with the founder of the fund. This is the best way for the donor to understand how important the scholarship is to the recipients. Unless otherwise instructed, please send your thank you note(s) to the Community Foundation, and we will send them along to the donor(s).

Have a Question?

If you have additional questions about scholarships, contact Megan Martin at mmartin@ngcf.org or 770-535-7880.

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