Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
- When can students apply for scholarships?
Students apply for foundation scholarships beginning January 1 through April 30, for the upcoming academic year. Students must complete the General scholarship application to receive consideration for all foundation scholarships. Students need only complete the General application once per academic year.
To receive consideration for need-based scholarships, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For additional information regarding filing the FAFSA, please contact our Financial Aid office.
- How do students log in to apply for a scholarship?
Students use their Cecil username and password to log in. The username is provided in the acceptance letter for incoming students, and account activation is required prior to login. Please visit MyCecil to activate.
Students can apply for all institutional scholarships by completing the general scholarship application. In addition to completing the required fields, students are encouraged to complete all questions to maximize scholarship consideration.
If you are a new student and do not have a username and password, complete the admissions application, or contact the admissions office at or 410-287-1006.
- What are Supplemental Applications?
Supplemental Applications appear to students who must answer additional questions to receive consideration for scholarships, and may be based on the student’s major or other scholarship criteria. Students are encouraged to complete all Supplemental Applications as well as the General application.
Note: Not every student will be required to complete a Supplemental Application.
- How do students receive confirmation of their complete and submitted application?
Students who submit a scholarship application receive a confirmation email to their Cecil email account. Complete and submitted applications are indicated by “Complete” on the applications tab. Students who have an incomplete general application will be directed to the application upon login.
- Are transcripts and/or recommendations needed?
New students applying for merit based scholarships will be given broader consideration if transcripts are submitted. You will be notified if a letter of recommendation is required.
Please note: If you are not a current Cecil student and are applying for a merit based scholarship you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and you should submit a transcript to the Cecil College Foundation by April 30.
- How do scholarship recipients receive notification of award offers?
If selected, students will be notified by email to their Cecil email or by an award letter to their permanent address. At that time, you may also be given a date to visit the Foundation office to review your scholarship award, and write a thank you note to the donor.
You will be given the date of the annual scholarship breakfast which is held in September. The breakfast provides an opportunity for students to meet donors, trustees, and foundation directors.
- When are scholarship awards made?
For the majority of scholarships, recipient selection is completed by the end of June.
- Who selects scholarship recipients?
Unless otherwise noted, the foundation scholarship committee reviews all applications to determine recipient eligibility.
- How do scholarship recipients respond to the award offer?
Students who have been awarded a scholarship must accept the scholarship online through the scholarship management website. Students should follow the instructions as prompted to review the scholarship offer and click “Accept” under the appropriate scholarship. Students have a response deadline of July 15, but recipients may request in writing an extension for their decision until August 15.
- How are scholarship awards disbursed to the students account?
Scholarships are applied to the student’s account as a third party payment. One half of the award will be applied for the fall semester and provided the recipient maintains the required GPA for the semester, along with any other scholarship requirements, the second half of the award will be applied to their account for the Spring semester. Exceptions may be requested in writing.
Tips for success.
- Electronic applications are preferred; however, paper applications received by April 30 are given the same consideration. Only one form of submission is required. Contact the foundation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-287-1146 for a paper application.
- The information you provide in your essay should explain your interest in the academic program you have chosen, your goals, and why you are requesting a scholarship. You may want to provide a brief description of your career plans, hobbies and other interests.
- Under “community service”, provide all of the details regarding your involvement in any community organizations, including the organization name, dates of service and type of service provided.
- All application material must be submitted to the Foundation office by April 30 in order to be considered for a scholarship.
The scholarship application will open January 1, 2017.