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Scholarship FAQ

What is required to apply for COE scholarships?

Applicants must be enrolled in the College of Education to apply for COE scholarships. Each year, applicants must complete the General Application on Scholarship Connect before proceeding to COE applications. Most COE scholarship applications include an essay requirement. 

​​​​College of Education scholarships are extremely competitive, and students are encouraged to submit essays that detail their qualifications. At this time, 15 scholarships specific to the College exist; in the past academic year, over 1,000 applications were received for these opportunities.​

How do I know if I'm eligible for COE scholarships?

All of the criteria for each COE scholarship are listed on the Scholarship Opportunities​ page. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact COE scholarship staff. 

Can I apply for a COE scholarship at any time of the year?

No. The COE has established scholarship application periods throughout the academic year. The 2018-2019​​ dates for these application periods are located on our Scholarship Opportunities​ page.
Please note: Students may access the Scholarship Connect application website at any time. Many university and external scholarships are available for application at any time.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. In fact, the COE scholarship staff encourages students to apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible. 

Do COE scholarship applications have essay requirements?

While there is no word requirement for COE scholarship essays, the scholarship staff encourages applicants to use the essay opportunity to express to the scholarship committee their qualifications, achievements, and goals. Please thoroughly proofread essays for spelling and grammatical errors before submitting. For assistance with crafting scholarship essays, please contact The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL)​.  

If I apply for more than one COE scholarship, do I have to write multiple essays?

If you apply for multiple COE scholarships, you may submit the same essay.​​ However, please note that some scholarships require different types of essays or ask different questions. Craft your essays to appeal to specific scholarships when necessary.

How are awards distributed?

Once award recipients manually accept their scholarship on Scholarship Connect, the award will be distributed to their accounts within 10 business days. The award money will be split evenly among three academic quarters. Stud​ents may contact Sarah Magnuson at or 773-325-2541 to arrange for alternative dispersal plans.

When and how do I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?

​Scholarship result times vary, but results ​​typically become available to students within 8-10​ weeks after the scholarship application deadline. Applicants may log in to Scholarship Connect to view the status of their applications, which will show whether their application has been selected to receive an award, or reviewed but not selected. ​

When is the award money distributed, and to what academic year does it apply?

Almost all COE scholarship awards dispersed during the 2018-2019 academic year will apply to this same academic year, with the award money split evenly over three academic quarters. The one exception is the Elsie Luhan Award, to which students apply during the current academic year, with award money contributing to the following academic year. ​​​

Once I have been awarded a scholarship, what do I need to do?

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via Scholarship Connect. Your Scholarship Connect profile will display the scholarship award offer, and you will be able to select "Accept."​​

Endowed scholarship receipients are invited to offer written words of thanks to their scholarship donors and are also invited to attend a scholarship luncheon during the spring quarter. ​ You may share your written words of thanks through the Scholarship Recipient Questionnaire, using your Campus Connect credentials to log in. ​ 

Can I meet with the COE Scholarship Staff to learn more about COE scholarships and the application process?

Yes! Please contact Sarah Magnuson at​ to schedule a time to meet to discuss your scholarship options.​​​