ASCF Scholarships for Study Abroad have become increasingly competitive over the years. While every application cycle is different, typically the award rate is between 1-2%. In other words, for every 100 applications we receive, only one or two will be selected as a scholarship winner.
What can I do to give myself the best possible chances of winning the Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship?Brooke Bass2018-01-09T11:51:41-06:00
First and foremost, you need to familiarize yourself with the For Applicants page, where we provide all kinds of information on both eligibility and the application itself. Second, you should get started early on the application and make sure you have all of your materials ready to submit when you’re ready. Finally, you can write your very best essay. The essay is one of the most important parts of your package. (It’s so important that we’ve even written some helpful tips on scholarship essay writing for you here!)
What percentage of my donation will go towards actual scholarships for study abroad students?Brooke Bass2017-12-24T10:56:47-06:00
We’re proud to say that our foundation is family-run and operated and there are no salaries drawn by any of our members. What minimal costs we have go towards things like postage. In fact, over 99% of all donations go directly towards funding our recipients’ scholarships.
I prefer to mail my donation as a check instead of using PayPal. How can I do that?Brooke Bass2019-12-25T15:20:07-06:00
Yes, the Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is fully tax deductible as allowable by law because there have been no goods or services exchanged for your gift. To receive a tax donation letter mailed from us, please be sure to include your address in the comments page before making your donation.
I am not a citizen, am I still eligible?Brooke Bass2018-01-04T14:51:21-06:00
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must either be 1) a U.S. citizen, 2) enrolled in a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university, and 3) planning to study abroad in a country outside of the U.S.
I just barely miss your eligibility requirements (e.g., my GPA is slightly lower than a 3.0 or I have 29 hours of completed university credits), can you make an exception just this once?Brooke Bass2017-12-23T22:01:27-06:00
Unfortunately, we cannot. We receive hundreds of qualified applicants every semester and if we bent the rules for one student, we’d have to bend them for everyone.
I transferred into my current university from a different community college or university. Your eligibility criteria states I must have at least 30 hours of completed undergraduate credits in order to be eligible to apply. Do my former university credits count towards this? Or do I have to be at my current university for 30 hours of credit in order to be eligible?Brooke Bass2017-12-23T22:01:49-06:00
Your credits from your former college or university count towards this 30 hour minimum. However, so that there is not confusion when your application is reviewed, you should submit your transcript from both your former and your current college. If you are in your first semester at your new university, and thus won’t have a full transcript available from them until after the application deadline, please make a note of this somewhere in your file. (If you’re selected as a finalist, we reserve the right to request your current university’s transcript at the end of the term prior to awarding your scholarship.)
Do you require a transcript for the application?Brooke Bass2018-01-07T07:03:33-06:00
Yes, we require you to upload a copy of your undergraduate transcript(s) as part of your application. It may be either an unofficial or official (generated by your Registrar’s office) transcript but it must be submitted in PDF format.
In the event that you have transferred from a former community college/university to your current university, please submit transcripts from both colleges.
I’m studying abroad in the summer, can I still apply?Brooke Bass2018-02-01T07:58:35-06:00
We rely on a 14-week semester model when determining eligibility for this scholarship and we offer application review periods for the Spring (October 1 deadline) and Fall (June 1 deadline) semester terms. If your summer term is at least 14 weeks long, you may still apply for this scholarship, but you must be sure to apply under the Spring semester application deadline.
I’m a graduate student who will be studying abroad for all or part of my degree. Am I eligible?Brooke Bass2017-12-23T19:27:57-06:00
Yes, you may apply for either or both semesters. We encourage applicants who fall under this category to apply for their first semester abroad and, if they are not awarded the scholarship the first time, to re-apply again for their second semester. (The application may change slightly from semester to semester so be sure to check before submitting a second time.)