founders’ scholarship

Up to $10,000 Scholarship

Available to eligible Columbus City Schools seniors enrolling full-time at an accredited university or college in the United States for the 2017-18 academic year.

Due: March 1, 2017

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Requirements

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Completion of the CCS College Prepatory Curriculum
  • Minimum attendance rate of 93% throughout high school
  • Continuous enrollment in CCS district in 9th–12th grades
  • Passed all 5 parts of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)
  • Have demonstrated financial need for college

what you should know

Students may renew the scholarship for up to four years (two years at a two-year college).

Remember to complete and submit your FAFSA prior to the scholarship deadline!

Application Checklist

  • Completed application form
  • Official high school transcript
  • Copy of your senior year grades and class schedule
  • Copy of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two typed 300-word essays

NOTE: The Founders’ Scholarship Application does not take the place of the I Know I Can Grant Application. You must submit separate applications for each award, but you are only able to receive one.

To apply for the I Know I Can Grant, click here.

faq

  • What are the requirements for the Founders’ Scholarship?
    • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
    • Graduating Senior from a CCS High School
    • Continuous enrollment in CCS district in 9th – 12th grades
    • Minimum attendance rate of 93% throughout high school
    • Passed all 5 parts of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) by January 31 of senior year
    • Have taken the ACT and/or SAT
      • Preference given to students who took one or both in their junior year
    • Submitted the FAFSA prior to the Founders’ Scholarship Application Deadline
    • Demonstrated financial need for college
  • How much is the Founders’ Scholarship worth?
    • The Founders’ Scholarship is worth up to $10,000 per year for four years, with the exception of certain special Founders’ Scholarships; please see page 3 of the application for more details.
  • I do not have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Am I still eligible?
    • No – Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of application. Please note that we use the weighted cumulative GPA .
  • Do I have to be Pell-eligible to qualify for the Founders’ Scholarship?
    • No. Pell eligibility is not a requirement for the Founders’ Scholarship.
    • However, students must demonstrate financial need. We use the college’s cost of attendance and the student’s financial aid award letter to determine financial need.
  • I did not go to Columbus City Schools all four years of high school. Am I still eligible?
    • No. Students must attend Columbus City Schools all four years of high school.
  • I am a college student. Am I eligible to apply for the Founders’ Scholarship?
    • No. Students are only eligible to apply for the Founders’ Scholarship during their senior year of high school.
  • When do I apply for the Founders’ Scholarship?
    • The Founders’ Scholarship application will be made available in January on www.iknowican.org. You can also meet with your IKIC College Advising Manager or visit the IKIC office to get an application.
  • What documents do I need to submit for a complete application?
    • A student’s application will be considered complete when it contains:
      • Application, printed or typed neatly in blue/black ink and signed
      • Copy of high school transcript (showing ACT/SAT scores)
      • Copy of senior grades/schedule
      • FAFSA Student Aid Report (typically 3-8 pages long)
      • Two personal essays responding to the application prompts
      • Two letters of recommendation
    • Please see the application for complete details regarding the essays and recommendation letters.
  • How do I submit my application and supporting documents?

    You may submit your applications and supporting documents by one of the following methods:

    • HAND-DELIVER OR MAIL:
      I Know I Can
      ATTN: Founders’ Scholarship Selection Committee
      1108 City Park Ave, Suite 301
      Columbus, OH 43206
    • FAX: Be sure to include your name and phone on the cover page. Send all faxes to:
      ATTN: Founders’ Scholarship Selection Committee
      614-233-9512
    • EMAIL: You can email your application and documents as an attachment. Follow the instructions below:
      • 1. Save the completed and scanned application to your computer so the file name contains your First Initial, Last Name and “FoundersApp” — i.e. jsmithfoundersapp,pdf
      • 2. Attach the file to an e-mail message addressed to scholarship@iknowican.org
      • 3. The subject of your e-mail should include your name
  • Do I need to submit my attendance scores?
    • No. I Know I Can will receive your attendance scores from Columbus City Schools.
  • What is the FAFSA Student Aid Report? Where do I find this?
    • The FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) is an electronic document that lists your answers to the questions on your FAFSA as well as basic information about your eligibility for federal student aid.
    • You can access your FAFSA SAR at fafsa.ed.gov after your FAFSA has been processed (approximately 4 business days after you complete and submit the FAFSA online).
    • The FAFSA SAR is typically 7-8 pages and can be downloaded as a PDF
    • **SPECIAL NOTE: Make sure to complete and submit your FAFSA at least one week before the Founders’ Scholarship application deadline**
  • Who should I ask for recommendation letters?
    • One recommendation letter must be from a teacher, school counselor, or principal.
    • Your second recommendation letter can be from any non-family member adult who knows you well.
      • Examples: teacher, coach, employer, supervisor, clergy, community service coordinator, internship advisor, mentor, etc.
  • What are the Special Founders’ Scholarships?
    • I Know I Can will offer several special Founders’ Scholarships, in partnership with select Ohio colleges and universities. These scholarships are institution-specific, so a student (if selected) must remain at the awarding university/college for the duration of their undergraduate education.
    • Students can indicate on the Founders’ Scholarship if they are interested in a Special Founders’ Scholarship.
    • If a student is selected for a Special Founders’ Scholarship and chooses to attend a different university/college, the student will forfeit the Special Founders’ Scholarship.
  • Do I have to submit separate applications for the Founders’ Scholarship and the I Know I Can grant?
    • Yes. Students should submit completed, on-time applications for both the Founders’ Scholarship and I Know I Can grant.
    • Students can only receive one, so if you are selected for the Founders’ Scholarship, you will not receive the I Know I Can grant.
  • What happens if I am approved for the Founders’ Scholarship and the I Know I Can grant?
    • If you are approved for both, you will only receive the Founders’ Scholarship. We encourage eligible students to apply for both when submitting a Founders’ Scholarship application so you will not miss the deadline to apply for the I Know I Can grant in the event that you are not selected for the Founders’ Scholarship.
  • Will the Founders’ Scholarship be renewed every year?
    • The Founders’ Scholarship can be renewed up to four years (two years at Columbus State Community College), provided you submit the renewal form and documents and meet the GPA criteria.
  • How can I renew the Founders’ Scholarship?
    • In order to renew the Founders’ Scholarship, a student must:
      • Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
      • Submit unofficial grades and a financial aid award letter for upcoming academic year.
      • Submit updates each semester
      • Attend at least two Founders’ Luncheons per year.
  • What are the Founders’ Luncheons?
    • Each year, I Know I Can hosts luncheons for recipients of the Founders’ Scholarship. These are typically scheduled around a school break.  Students will have an opportunity to hear from a special speaker or take part in a professional development opportunity. Students are required to attend in order to remain eligible for the Founders’ Scholarship. You will receive an invitation in advance.
  • What should I include in my update? When do I have to submit my update?
    • In order to remain eligible for the Founders’ Scholarships, students need to submit updates to I Know I Can each semester. You will receive a notification email reminding you to submit your update.
    • Include the following in your update:
      • How your classes and grades are going
      • Any changes or updates to your major/career goals
      • Any interesting projects or internships that you have
      • Any extracurricular activities, study abroad, etc.
      • Any changes to your contact information
  • Will I receive the scholarship if I drop below full-time status for a term in college?
    • Students planning to drop below full-time status must contact the IKIC College Funding Department immediately as their Founders’ Scholarship may be in jeopardy.
  • What if I plan to attend an out-of-state college?
    • The Founders’ Scholarship can be used at any four-year baccalaureate program at an accredited university or college in the United States. **PLEASE NOTE: Special Founders’ Scholarships can only be used at the awarding institution.**
  • What if I transfer to a different college after my freshman year?
    • The Founders’ Scholarship can be transferred to your new college, provided it is an accredited four-year baccalaureate program in the U.S.
    • **PLEASE NOTE: Special Founders’ Scholarships can only be used at the awarding institution. If you are selected for a Special Founders’ Scholarship and transfer to a different institution, you will forfeit the remainder of your scholarship.**

A SPECIAL THANK YOU…

Thank you to our college and university partners for their contributions in establishing a Founders’ Scholarship for a CCS student to attend their campus:

Capital University – Full tuition scholarship for four years
Columbus College of Art and Design – Up to $10,000 per academic year for four years
Columbus State Community College – Up to $5,000 per academic year for two years
The Ohio State University – Up to $10,000 per academic year for four years
Ohio Wesleyan University – Up to $10,000 per academic year for four years
Otterbein University – Full tuition scholarship for four years

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