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FAQ - Scholarships


I applied for scholarships last year; do I need to reapply?

Yes. Scholarship applications are reviewed and awards are determined on an annual basis. Prior applications are not retained for evaluation in later years.

I completed the scholarship application and it did not result in any recommended scholarships. Why?

The scholarship application and questionnaire are designed to identify students who qualify for certain scholarships. Many of the scholarships are an auto match, meaning you will be matched to scholarships that you qualify automatically and are sent directly to the Scholarship Coordinator. If there is a scholarship that requires more information, you will notified and directed as to what information you need to complete in order to qualify for that particular scholarship.  

I do not have a student ID. What should I do?

Scholarship applicants are required to have a student ID before completing the online scholarship application. This will ensure that we are able to correctly identify you as we evaluate your application. Please exit the online scholarship application and refer to the CWI website for instructions on applying for admission and the assignment of a student ID. 

I do not want to release my student records to anyone outside of the Registrar's Office. Will I still be considered for a scholarship?

No. The Scholarship Committee is required to verify student eligibility when awarding scholarships. They cannot accurately complete this task without access to student academic records.

I have not completed my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Can I still apply for scholarships?

Yes, however, many scholarships have financial need as criteria. For the Scholarship Committee to more accurately review your application please and award for those scholarships, please complete the FAFSA before completing your online scholarship application. Scholarship applications without financial information will not be considered for those particular awards.

I have submitted my general application. Now what happens?

The priority scholarship application deadline is March 31 . After that date, scholarship applications will be reviewed and scored by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship award notifications will be delivered to students at the email account they used in their application. Any awards not accepted or applicant is not eligible for will be reawarded during a second awarding session in September.

I need help determining my enrollment status. What does each status mean?

First year; never attended: This is your first year at CWI and you have never attended an institution of higher education.
First year; transfer student: This is your first year at CWI, you have attended another institution of higher education, you are transferring credits and your class standing is Freshman (0-25 credits completed).
Second year; transfer student: This is your first year at CWI, you have attended another institution of higher education, you are transferring credits and your class standing is Sophomore (26-64 credits completed).
Continuing Student: You attended CWI last semester and plan to continue your enrollment the next semester.
Other: Your enrollment status does not fit any of the categories listed above.

I'm enrolled as a part-time student, can I still receive a scholarship?

Certain CWI scholarships are designated specifically for part-time students. Part-time is defined as less than 12 credit hours per semester. (Note: All CWI scholarships require that you are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.)

Many scholarships list financial need as a criterion, how is financial need determined?

Your financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your cost of attendance at CWI. Your signature on the CWI online application permits the Foundation Office to obtain financial need information from One Stop Student Services.

May I use my CWI Foundation scholarship at another school?

No. CWI scholarships are ONLY for use at CWI. CWI scholarships may not be used for dual enrollment and are non-transferable.

My high school is not listed. Do I still qualify for a scholarship?

The online scholarship application only lists the high schools that are specifically mentioned as criteria for receiving a scholarship. If your high school is not listed please select 'Other high school not listed'. Students not attending those high schools will still be considered for other scholarships according to the designated criteria.

My intended degree is not listed. Do I qualify for scholarships?

Yes. There are many scholarships that are not program specific. Please complete your application as soon as possible.

My major area of study is not listed, why?

The program or major selections are the same as those listed in the CWI catalog. If you do not see your program or major listed please select 'Program not listed.' 

My scholarship award notification mentions the requirement for a Thank You note before my scholarship funds are disbursed. Why?

It is important that scholarship recipients acknowledge scholarship awards with a thank you note to the donor or organization that made the award possible. Thank You notes can be uploaded via the CWI online scholarship application, mailed to the Foundation Office or emailed to [email protected]. This is a requirement.

Scholarship recipients who do not complete a Thank You note will not receive their scholarship funding. Please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at [email protected] if you need any assistance with completing this requirement.