1. Who may apply for a scholarship?
Scholarships are available to initiated members of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity who are at least second-year students enrolled at a college or university.
2. What is the amount of the scholarships?
Most Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation scholarships award $3,000 for the academic year. There are a few scholarships for lesser amounts. Undergraduate need-based scholarships award $5,000 per academic year. The Marisol Scholarship provides 75 percent of educational expenses for one year.
3. Where can I find the applications?
Applications are available on the Foundation website starting Nov. 15 and close at 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 1.
To better prepare for the application questions, review the sample undergraduate merit scholarship application, the sample undergraduate need-based scholarship application, and graduate scholarship application (forthcoming). *These are sample applications. To be considered for a scholarship, you must apply through the online application process.
4. What is the deadline for scholarship applications?
The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2019. All scholarship applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. ET.
5. What supporting documents are required with the application?
Unofficial or official transcripts, or advising reports, from your current college or university must be submitted as well as the required letters of recommendation. Undergraduate need-based scholarship applications also require a cost of attendance form obtained from your financial aid office.
6. Can I send my transcripts and letters of recommendation directly to Kappa Kappa Gamma Headquarters or the Foundation office?
No. All references and transcripts must be uploaded directly to your online application. However, they may be added after you submit your application. Chapter references must use the scholarship reference link and items will attach to your application automatically.
7. How will I know if the Kappa Foundation received my supporting documents?
Applicants can view their submitted application in the application system and check the status of supporting documents. Applicants must upload transcripts. You cannot change your application once submitted, but you can upload and/or request references on submitted applications. Applicants can see if the reference they requested has been submitted or uploaded to the application. Applicants are expected to regularly check their submitted application to ensure all required supporting documents have been received. Please do not contact Kappa Headquarters to ask about submitted documents.
8. How long should my personal essay be?
The online application allows 4,500 characters maximum for the personal essay.
9. What are the eligibility requirements?
Those applying for an undergraduate merit scholarship or graduate merit scholarship must be full-time students and initiated members of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity who have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Those applying for an undergraduate need-based and/or Marisol scholarship must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Graduate applicants may be part-time students if they are enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Undergraduate applicants must be members in good standing. Graduate applicants must be members in good standing by paying their dues via dues direct online or via their alumnae association. Most scholarships cannot be awarded for study abroad or away from campus experiences. However, the Root Scholarship can be used for study abroad, or if an internship is a non-elective course required by an applicant's degree.
10. What criteria is used for selection?
Decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic merit, financial need, and participation and leadership in Kappa and the community.
11. What is the process for applying for the Marisol Scholarship?
Fill out both the undergraduate need-based scholarship application and the Marisol Scholarship application. Please note that the application for the Marisol Scholarship has several additional requirements. By submitting an application, you will be considered for all Foundation scholarships that may be available. Your school's financial aid package may be altered if you are awarded a Marisol Scholarship. Please contact your school's financial aid office to learn how this might affect you.
12. I am currently an undergraduate, but I plan to go to graduate school next year. Which application should I submit?
Submit the graduate scholarship application.
13. Can I apply for a graduate scholarship if I do not know the school I am going to attend?
Yes! Just list the schools to which you have applied. If awarded a scholarship, you will be asked to submit an official letter of acceptance.
14. When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?
Scholarship recipients for the upcoming academic year will be notified by early June. All applicants will receive notification regardless of the decision. Recipients will receive instructions via email and must send a scholarship acceptance packet to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation by the date indicated in the notification email. Please make sure you provide a current email address as well as your mailing address on your scholarship application.
15. When are scholarships disbursed?
Scholarship checks are mailed to recipients in August. They will not be sent to your university or college financial aid office. You should not sign your check over to the university.
16. Which application should I use if I am not graduating in four years?
If you have not received a college degree, use the undergraduate scholarship application. If you have received a bachelor’s degree and you are attending college for a second bachelor’s degree, use the graduate scholarship application. Students in dual-enrollment programs pursuing a bachelor's/master's degree should use the undergraduate scholarship application. Pharmacy students are recommended to use the undergraduate scholarship application, but may choose to use the graduate scholarship application if they desire.
17. May I still apply if I am graduating this spring and not attending graduate school?
No, you are ineligible. Scholarships may not be used to pay for debt already incurred. The applications accepted starting on Nov. 15 are for funds awarded the next academic year (fall and spring). Funds may only be used for educational purposes (e.g. tuition, books, lab fees). They may not be used to pay chapter dues or fees.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Scholarships Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.