Scholarship Fest FAQs
Do scholarships have to be repaid?
No. Scholarships don’t have to be repaid.
What criteria is taken into account?
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership, talent and/or community service. Financial need is considered for some scholarships.
How do I apply for scholarships?
Applications for most scholarships are available online through the Bronco Scholarship Portal. Visit the portal and complete the general application. Then search under “opportunities” to read the additional criteria required for recommended scholarships. Some aren’t online yet, so visit your department to ask if there are other opportunities.
Can I apply to more than one scholarship?
Yes. You may apply to as many scholarships as you are eligible for. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will coordinate any scholarships with grants and loans. Sometimes additional documentation may be required, and loans and grants may need to be adjusted.
When are the application deadlines?
There are various deadlines between now and Thursday, Apr. 30, 2020, depending on the scholarship. Check back periodically to the Bronco Scholarship Portal because new opportunities will be posted every week.
Can I wait until the end of the semester to apply for scholarships?
No. The application period ends Apr. 30, 2020, for scholarships awarded for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. This Scholarship Fest offers the opportunity to apply at one time for two school years.
What if I miss the April deadline?
You’ll have to wait to apply in the next cycle, which will start Oct. 1 and will award aid for the 2021-22. After the April deadline, however, you may still apply for scholarships that are offered from other sources outside of Cal Poly Pomona.
Are all available scholarships for students listed on the portal?
No. Check with your department for other opportunities. You can also apply to off-campus scholarships. Visit the “off-campus scholarship opportunities” on the scholarship website.
Do I need to be a US citizen to apply for scholarships?
No. Although some scholarships may list in the required criteria a certain residency or immigration status for applicants to be considered eligible. Visit the Immigrants Rising resource page for scholarships that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency.
How do scholarships affect my financial aid?
Scholarship awards are considered financial assistance toward the cost of attendance and must be coordinated with other sources of financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will coordinate any scholarships with grants and loans. Sometimes additional documentation may be required, and loans and grants may need to be adjusted.
Are scholarships taxable?
No, with the exception of international students from countries that have a tax treaty with the US.
Will I need letters of recommendation?
Typically letters of recommendation are not required. However, some scholarships require them. We recommend submitting them. Don’t be shy to ask professors, mentors or supervisors to write one for you.
Do I have to write a separate application for every scholarship?
No, although some scholarships require additional criteria. Fill out the general application and then read the requirements of each scholarship you want to apply for. In some cases, you may be able to use the same statement for more than one application.
Who should I contact about specific scholarship questions?
For questions regarding scholarship requirements, contact the person identified in the scholarship description. If no one is listed, or if you are having technical issues, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in person at the SSB (first floor, blue counter), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 909-869-3700.
Who should I contact if I am having trouble uploading documents or logging in to portal?
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in person at the SSB (first floor, blue counter), by email at email@example.com, or phone at 909-869-3700.
How will I be notified if I am chosen to receive a scholarship?
You will receive an email informing you of the disbursement period and other important information. The notification timeframe will vary depending on the deadline of the scholarship.