Scholarships Booklet - page 7

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What you need to know about required documents
(Not all documents described below are required for every scholarship.)
The scholarship descriptions on pages 9–34 indicate which documents must be submitted in order for your application to
be considered complete.
• Each document must be
labeled correctly
with the document name, your name, and your Social Security number.
• Recommendation letters and a portfolio are the exceptions and must be labeled with the document name, your name,
and your date of birth.
• All documents must be
submitted or postmarked on or before the March 3, 2017, deadline
.
• Submit only
one copy of each document
, even if more than one scholarship requires it.
UNIFIED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (USA)
The USA is required to be filed for every VSAC-assisted
scholarship listed in this booklet. See page 2, step 3, for
details.
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is required for every VSAC-assisted scholarship
listed in this booklet that requires the applicant to demon-
strate financial need. See page 2, step 5, for details.
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
(see page 4)
• At least one recommendation letter is required for nearly
every VSAC-assisted scholarship.
• Only
official
recommendation letters are acceptable. An
official recommendation letter must be on official (school,
business, college, organization, etc.) stationery or be
physically signed by the individual who wrote the letter.
ESSAYS
(see page 5)
• The general essay is required for every VSAC-assisted
scholarship listed in this booklet.
• A scholarship-specific essay is also required for the
SAMARA scholarship.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
An
official
transcript is required for every VSAC-assisted
scholarship listed in this booklet that requires the applicant
to demonstrate academic achievement.
• Only
official
transcripts are acceptable. An official transcript
must contain an official school seal or be physically signed
by a school official; grade reports and web printouts are
not acceptable.
If you
have
attended a college or training school
after high school graduation
, submit an official
transcript from each college, university, or training
school you have attended.
If you
have never
attended a college or training
school after high school graduation
, submit an official
transcript from each high school you have attended.
If you received a GED
, submit an official report of
your GED test results instead of an official transcript
from a high school.
If you were home-schooled
, submit:
a) an official home-school transcript, and
b) a verification letter from the Vermont Agency of
Education (VTAOE) stating that you applied to
VTAOE as a home-schooled student, specifying the
years you were enrolled, verifying that you submitted
the required annual assessments, and indicating the
type of assessment that was submitted (teacher letter,
portfolio, or both)
If you attended an Alternative Pathways High
School through Act 77
, submit a proficiency-based
transcript.
OTHER POSSIBLE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Birth certificate:
If required
, submit a copy of your birth
certificate.
Portfolio:
If required
, mail a separate sheet of paper labeled
“Portfolio” with:
• your name, date of birth, and web address (if applicable)
• up to 20 photographs labeled with your name and date
of birth, OR a CD/DVD/USB drive labeled with your
name and date of birth. Electronic images must be JPEG
or PNG format with at least 72 dpi.
Submission method:
Your portfolio must be mailed or
dropped off at our offices in Winooski; please do not e-mail
or upload your portfolio.
Please note:
The portfolio will become the property of
VSAC and will not be returned.
Resumé:
If required
, submit a separate sheet of paper
labeled “Resumé” with:
• your name and Social Security number
• your education history
• your work history
• any extracurricular activities in which you have participated
(e.g., sports, band, choir, clubs, etc.)
• any groups and performances in which you have been
involved
• any honors, achievements, and awards you have received
Additional documents:
If a scholarship requires additional
documents, they are described in detail within the scholarship
description.
• Each document must be submitted on a separate sheet
of paper and be labeled with the name of the document
(e.g., Child Care Information, Family Information,
Certification, Membership, Parents’ Residency, etc.),
your name, and your Social Security number.
• Be sure to include all information listed in the scholarship
description.
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