Q. Who can apply for NWACC scholarships?
A. Any student who has applied for admission to NWACC and received a student ID number.
 
Q. Where do I start?
A. NWACC’s online scholarship application is now closed.
 
Q. How will I know if I’ve been awarded a scholarship?
A. An award or a decline letter will be sent to your NWACC email address this summer giving you the information for each scholarship you have applied for. If you are unable to access your NWACC email account please contact the student help desk at 479-619-4376.
 
Q. Can I transfer my NWACC scholarship to another school?
A. No, the NWACC general scholarships are designated for NWACC students only and will not transfer to other schools.
 
Q. Does filling out the STARS application submit my application for the Arkansas Academic Challenge or Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship?
A. No, the STARS application is only for the NWACC general scholarship program. For any information on the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship you will need to contact: the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s website, www.adhe.edu, or contact the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Financial Aid department: finaid@adhe.edu | (800) 54-STUDY | (501) 371-2050 – Greater Little Rock Information on the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship is located at: http://www.aspsf.org/students_spscholarships.html
 
NWACC does not administer these scholarships, so you will need to direct any questions you have about these scholarships to the contact information on the website.
 
Q. Why do I have to answer free form questions and then attach an essay for each scholarship?
A. The essays are the scholarship committee’s only chance to get to know you personally. Having both a short essay and free form questions gives them a more detailed look at your school and home life. You may attach the same essay for multiple scholarships, as long as it meets the specified criteria for each scholarship. However, please do not copy and paste your essay in the free form questions. The free form questions are included for you to address information not displayed in your scholarship essay and often address unique questions or criteria for each specific scholarship. The scholarship committee is looking for the best match for applicants who are serious about their future. Make them see this is you.
 
Q. Is an outline of my goals good enough to use instead of an essay?
A. No. Your submission will be discarded if you send an outline instead of and essay. Here are some tips:
·         Keep in mind your essay is potentially worth money.
·         Pay attention to grammar, sentence structure, and the way you are addressing the subject.
·         Ask for assistance with proof reading from parents, teachers, and friends.
·         Put your whole heart into your essay. Make it personal. Make it passionate.
·         Address the subject. If you are asked to write an essay on living with a chronic illness and you don’t mention the illness in your essay, you will be passed over.
·         Grades, goals, activities, aspirations, family and/or financial situation should be mentioned in your essay.
 
Q. I lost my password to the online application – how do I get a new one?
A. Send an email from your NWACC email account to scholarships@nwacc.edu. Make sure your contact information is included in the email and the specific reason you are requesting help.
 
Q. I recently changed my email address – how do I change it in STARS?
A. Send an email from your NWACC email account to scholarships@nwacc.edu. Make sure your contact information is included in the email and the specific reason you are requesting help.
 
Q. I file my own taxes, but I heard that since I’m under 18 I still need my parent’s tax information. Can I get a scholarship if I don't have my parent’s information available?
A. It depends on the scholarship. Awards that don't include financial need in their criteria typically will not require you to submit tax information; however you will need to provide this information for many financial need-based scholarships. While not every scholarship will need tax information from you and/or your parents, you will need your parents' taxes to complete the FAFSA (unless you meet the criteria for "independent status" listed on the application) and a number of scholarships require you to do this to apply.
 
Q. How do I accept my scholarship?
A. Since you applied for the scholarship, we will assume you want to accept the scholarship. Acceptance is automatic. If you have changed your mind about accepting a scholarship, please do so in an email to scholarships@nwacc.edu as soon as possible, this way we can re-award the scholarship.
 
Q. How do I decline a scholarship?
A. If you have changed your mind about accepting a scholarship, please do so in an email to scholarships@nwacc.edu as soon as possible, this way we can re-award the scholarship.
 
Q. Is there a deadline for scholarship applications?
A. Yes, your completed online application is due by 11:59 PM on March 12, 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship awards.
 
Q. Can I apply for Spring only scholarships?
A. No. The scholarships you are applying for right now will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are awarded, your funds will be applied beginning in the Fall 2014 semester unless otherwise stated in your award letter.
 
Q. This scholarship is for Spring/Fall, and I graduate in the Fall, will I lose the second half of my scholarship?
A. Not necessarily. It is your responsibility to let us know. Send an email from your NWACC email account to scholarships@nwacc.edu. Make sure to include your contact information and the name of all scholarships you were awarded, in the email. Let us know when you will be graduating as soon as possible, so that changes can be made and your entire scholarship can be awarded.