Scholarship Application Instructions

Scholarships are available to students pursuing higher education and cover a variety of academic interests and courses of study. Before starting a scholarship application on ScholarshipCONNECTSM, please read the following instructions carefully as they will detail what you will need to best prepare yourself. Soon you’ll be on your way to being matched with available scholarships. You've got this!

Five Steps to Apply for Scholarships

Step 1: Gather the following required materials.

  • FAFSA Submission Summary – Must be in PDF format. Apple Pages or Google Docs must be converted into a PDF before they are uploaded.
  • School Transcript – Must be in PDF format.
  • References – Names and email addresses of the guidance counselors, teachers and/or administrators, employers or volunteer coordinators who will write letters of recommendation for you.
  • Resume – A resume must be submitted with each scholarship application. For resume samples, click here.

Step 2: Set up your student account on ScholarshipCONNECTSM.

To set up your account, click here.

You will be prompted to enter your email address and create a password. Please be sure to use a personal email address. Your high school email address will not work after you graduate.

Once you submit your information, you will receive an email confirming your account and access to the General Application. Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see this email in your inbox.

Step 3: Complete the general application.

Once you have set up your student account, please sign in to complete the General Application.

Please answer the questions carefully and thoroughly. If any required questions are not completed, your application will not be considered.

You may work on your application over time. To save your work each time you exit, click the "Save and Keep Editing" button.

To submit your completed application, click the “Finish and Continue” button. If all required questions have been answered, you will see a green check mark. You now may proceed to the next step. If you missed a question, you will be prompted to complete it and resubmit your General Application.

Step 4: Apply for scholarships.

After you have completed your General Application, you will need to apply for scholarships by going to the Opportunities tab and clicking “Ours.” There you will find a list of scholarships that have additional tasks to be completed, such as answering questions or submitting short essays. Check the criteria to make sure you are qualified to apply.

Step 5: Manage references and applications.

We recommend that you review your Student Account often to check the status of your applications and manage your references. When you complete your General Application, each of your references will be sent an email with instructions on how they can upload their letters of recommendation. To check if your references have uploaded their letters, click the "References" button. If you need to remind them, simply click the "Resend" button to send the email again. It’s your responsibility to make sure they complete this before the deadline.

Watch our Student Training Video for a few tips on applying for scholarships:

Do you have questions or need assistance uploading documents? Please contact us at or at (937) 225-9965. We will be happy to assist you!