CAPE COD ASSOCIATION

FAQs


Who is eligible to apply for a Cape Cod Association scholarship?

The main qualifying criteria for a Cape Cod Association scholarship is that you must have been born on and currently reside on Cape Cod or the Islands. The applications of students who do not meet this criteria will not be evaluated.

The Board of Directors awards scholarships to students attending two or four year colleges, technical schools, or community colleges anywhere in the United States. The following four aspects of an application are weighted heavily when making award decisions: Cape Cod heritage; academic excellence; extracurricular activities; and financial need.

If you were not born on Cape Cod, but live here currently and are pursuing an undergraduate education, you may be eligible for scholarships through The Cape Cod Foundation, of which the Cape Cod Association is a supporting organization. Please visit www.capecodfoundation.org for more information about possible scholarship opportunities.



I had to be born in a hospital off-Cape for medical reasons, but my family was living on the Cape when I was born. Am I still eligible?

We understand that sometimes further medical care than that which can be offered locally is required. Thus, applications will still be reviewed in this case, as long as your family was residing on Cape Cod or the Islands at the time of your birth and they are still residing on Cape Cod or the Islands.



What does the Board consider Cape Cod?

Cape Cod is defined as Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes Counties. If your town is not within one of these counties, you are not eligible for this scholarship.



I received a Cape Cod Association scholarship last year. Do I need to re-apply, and does it mean I will automatically get one again this year?

Even if you are a past recipient, you must re-apply each year for another scholarship. Past recipients are not guaranteed an award.



What is the application deadline?

All applicants are required to apply through our online application system. PAST recipients of this scholarship will have a deadline of midnight on March 15. NEW applicants will have a deadline of midnight on April 1. The links to all applications are available on the “Application” page of this website beginning in January of the application year.

The committee will not consider late applications!



How do I obtain an application? How early can I apply?

The links to all applications are available on the “Application” page of this website beginning in January of the application year.



Are there different applications for high school students and college students?

Yes. The applications are noted as such.



What information do I need to send with my application?

For PAST recipients, you will need to complete the online application and be prepared to upload a copy of your most recent college transcript listing all coursework to date and submit an updated personal essay.

For NEW applicants, you will need information about your Cape heritage, financial need, extracurricular activities, and a personal statement. For non-past college applicants, you will also need to upload a copy of your most recent college transcript listing all coursework to date (it does not have to be an official transcript).  For high school students, you will enter your guidance counselor’s information and he or she will upload your transcript and academic information directly to the application.

Letters of recommendation are optional.



Do you provide scholarships for graduate studies?

At this time, the Association only offers scholarships to students for undergraduate studies.



I am going to be entering my fifth year of college. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

While we understand that sometimes double majors, joint degrees, etc. may potentially take longer than four years, the Association only offers scholarships for students in their first four years of undergraduate education.



I am going to do a postgraduate year between high school and college. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

The Association only offers post-secondary scholarships for students pursuing a college education. You may apply for a scholarship for our April deadline in your postgraduate year, assuming you will be starting college that fall.



Will you contact me and let me know if my application is missing information?

We receive over 500 applications each year for this one scholarship and cannot contact students for missing information. It is up to you to make sure that your application is complete and submitted on-time! Incomplete and/or late applications will not be reviewed. There are no exceptions!



When will I receive notification of whether or not I received a scholarship?

Notification letters are usually sent out by the end of May. If you have not heard from us by June 15th, please feel free to contact the office.



What do I need to do if I receive a scholarship?

If you receive a scholarship, you will receive an award letter announcing the purpose and amount of the scholarship. You must complete, sign, and return one copy of this letter (keep one copy for your records) and notify your school of your award. Towards the middle/end of July, we will issue a scholarship check, made payable to the college/university you will be attending for that fall semester, directly to the Bursar’s office at that college/university. The scholarship will be credited to your account and should show up on your fall tuition bill as a private scholarship. The Cape Cod Association sends the full amount of the scholarship for the fall semester, unless otherwise indicated by the student. Many colleges/universities will automatically split scholarship awards between semesters, so please check with your college/university on their specific policy for handling outside scholarship awards.



Will a Cape Cod Association scholarship award affect my financial aid package?

Institutions/Colleges/Universities may adjust financial aid packages to reflect scholarships other than those granted by the college. Usually a college or university will first use an outside scholarship to replace unmet need, or reduce the amount of loans or work study before adjusting grants or scholarships. However, policies vary and students should check with their institutions’ financial aid office.



I did not receive a scholarship. Can you tell me why? Can I re-apply next year?

Each year, the Association receives well over 500 applications, and, although we would like to be able to, unfortunately, we are not able to make awards to many intelligent, hard-working students. Please be assured that you did nothing “wrong”. The Board of Directors establishes a scoring system each year and reviews every applicant with that system. Thus, you are compared to all of the other applicants, and it is very difficult to determine what that pool will look like from year to year. As of now, our current policy states that all past recipients must re-apply each year and are not necessarily ensured priority. We welcome and encourage you to re-apply next year.