Scholarship Information and Application Process
Applicants must meet the definitions of first generation AND low-income level requirements as stated by the Federal TRIO Program identified above. Applicants will also be required to provide:
- Three references supporting their application for the scholarship. Two personal references and one employment reference.
- A letter from the primary caregiver (parent or guardian) answering the question of how they would support the candidate in completing their college career and the importance of a college degree.
- A letter from the candidate describing their college plans, degree desires, and how they will use their degree to give back to other first generation, low-income students once they complete their degree.
- A completed application form which may be obtained by emailing Dr. Brett H. Cook-Snell at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line of “Endowed Scholarship Application Form Request”. The body of the email should provide a statement of interest in the award and complete contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address. All information will be kept confidential and not released to any third party.
Applications will be evaluated in a Delphi manner by 3 independent reviewers from Old Dominion University. “The Delphi method is a process used to arrive at a group opinion or decision by surveying a panel of experts. Experts respond to several rounds of questionnaires, and the responses are aggregated and shared with the group after each round (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/delphi-method.asp). In this case, instead of questionnaires, it is the applications to be evaluated each round and the top three picked until down to the last round of three or fewer applicants and where the final applicant is chosen. Each round will be judged blank and the director will not be one of the reviewers.
Deadline for submissions
For Fall Semester, completed applications with required materials must be submitted and postmarked by March 1 of the year in which the applicant will be enrolled in the upcoming Fall semester of that Year.
For Spring Semester, completed applications with required materials must be submitted and postmarked by October 1 of the year prior to the start of the Spring semester in which the applicant will be enrolled.
All applicants will be notified of award decisions within two months of the closing date of the submission requirements.
Payment of Awards
Payments of awards will be made directly to Old Dominion University to the student’s account prior to the start of the semester.
Forfeiture of Awards
If the applicant is not enrolled at the start of the semester for which the award is granted, or withdraws prior to the date of full refund, the amount of the award will be returned to the scholarship fund and student will waive all rights to the award.