FAQs for Applicants

We've received a lot of questions in the 40 years we've been providing scholarships to Worcester County students. Here is a selection of those that come up most frequently.

If your question is not addressed here, please reach out by email to scholar@greaterworcester.org.

No. Each scholarship has its own specific eligibility criteria. However, most of our scholarships are intended for students at a two- or four-year college or university.

Yes. In addition, some scholarships are available to non-traditional students – that is, adults pursuing post-secondary education.

No. We recommend that you use the same user profile as you used when you applied last year. Log on using your original email address and then edit your user profile to update your email with your college or other preferred address. To edit your profile, click on your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen and click “Edit My Profile.” Don’t forget to hit “save” once you have made your updates!

Each GWCF scholarship fund is awarded based on a set of unique criteria established by our donors. By completing a single online application, you will be considered for any of the Foundation's scholarships for which you are eligible. While you do not need to match yourself to potential scholarships, we encourage you to explore our scholarship funds and the opportunities you may be considered for.

Search our Scholarship Fund Directory by keyword - type in your city or town, your high school name, or the field of study you plan to pursue to learn more.

Each fund description also contains a link to a story about the generous individuals, families, companies, and community groups that make GWCF scholarships possible.

If you do not live within Worcester County, you may apply if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Current high school seniors who live in Medway, MA. Learn more about what you may qualify for.
  • Current high school seniors who attend Framingham High School and Natick High School. Learn more about what you may qualify for.
  • Relatives of members of the Fitchburg Sportsmen's Club
  • Children of members of the Worcester Rugby Football Club
  • Relatives of employees of: Christie & Thomson, Cutler Associates, Cutler Design, Feingold Companies, Milford Water Company, Quinsigamond Automotive Warehouse, Rotman's Furniture Company

A teacher, counselor, spiritual leader, employer or other individual may write the recommendation, as long as he or she is not related to you.

The person writing your recommendation must be able to describe how they know you and support the information you have provided in your Scholarship Application.

We do not require a physical recommendation letter. We have a series of questions, which your recommender completes, in addition, to a limited area to add comments regarding the applicant.

No. All materials must be submitted electronically through your online application. If you have challenges uploading them through the Scholarships Portal, contact us at scholar@greaterworcester.org to try to resolve your issue.

FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

To apply for federal student aid – including federal grants, loans and work-study opportunities – students have to first fill out a FAFSA form online. Complete the FAFSA form here.

Completing and submitting this form is free and gives students access to the largest source of financial aid available to pay for their education.

Many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for the financial aid they will supply. Some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for the assistance, they can provide.

SAR stands for Student Aid Report.

This report is generated and sent to you from the federal government once you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Your SAR is a 5 to 8 page document that provides basic information about your personal eligibility for federal financial aid. Click here for an example.

This information is required for all Scholarship Applications and must be sent as soon as possible if it is not included with your online application submission. If you cannot provide this, you will be asked to upload an explanatory document in its place.

EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution – the amount of money you and your family are expected to contribute to help pay for your college education for one year.

Your EFC is part of your SAR. Click here to see an example.

The EFC determines your eligibility for some federal grants, and colleges use the EFC to assess your eligibility for other federal and nonfederal student aid.

That’s okay! Check one or more areas of study that you feel most strongly align with your interests. Click here for a list of some possible majors.

In most cases, no. You only need to submit the general application for high school seniors or the application for current and non-traditional college students to be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

If you are eligible to be considered for a scholarship that requires an additional short response, or submit your art, you will see it on your scholarship homepage to complete applications.

We will notify all applicants by mid-June.

FAQs for Recipients

We've received a lot of questions in the 40 years we've been providing scholarships to Worcester County students. Here is a selection of those that come up most frequently.

If your question is not addressed here, please reach out by email to scholar@greaterworcester.org.

Log on to the Scholarships Portal and complete the Follow-up Form on your dashboard with your college/university student ID, the name of the school, and major.

We ask that you submit the Follow-up Form with this information by the end of June so that we may send payment to your school by August 1.

Once we have this information, we will process the scholarship payment. Scholarship checks are sent directly to the school.

If we do not hear from you by September 30 of the respective application year, your scholarship may be forfeited.

No. All scholarship checks are made payable to the college or university you are attending and mailed directly to your school’s financial aid or bursar's office.

Yes. Nevertheless, majority of our scholarships are for high school seniors with few exceptions listed on our website.

It might. Financial aid policies vary.

We recommend financial aid or bursar’s office to decrease loans and work-study program before affecting your scholarships or grants.

If your college proposes a reduction in your grant assistance (not in a loan or work-study program), we may be able to speak with your financial aid or bursar’s office and discuss the best impactful award possible. Please contact Amaris Gonzalez to discuss your situation at agonzalez@greaterworcester.org or 508-755-0980 ext. 107.

If you decide to defer enrollment, we may be able to hold your scholarship award for the following semester or year.

If you decide not to attend once your scholarship award has been sent to your school, the school should return the funds to the Community Foundation.

Please contact Amaris Gonzalez to discuss your situation at agonzalez@greaterworcester.org or 508-755-0980 ext.107.

If we do not hear from you by September 30 of the respective application year, your scholarship may be forfeited.

You do not need to reapply, but you must submit a follow up form and your new transcript by January 15 in order to confirm your continued eligibility for the scholarship.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, as long as they include your name, student ID, the name of your institution, your cumulative GPA and your complete grades to date.

2020, 2021, and 2022 recipients will do this through the Scholarships Portal by submitting the Follow-up Form on their dashboard with their year-end transcript. Click here to see where on your dashboard to upload your transcript.

Your transcript must confirm that you are in good standing.

Transcripts (and changes of colleges and address, if applicable) can be sent to scholar@greaterworcester.org.

No. Current multiyear scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply for additional scholarships.

We communicate primarily by email. We strongly recommend you use a non-high school email address that you will continue to use after high school graduation. Remember to check your junk/spam files for emails from “@greaterworcester.org” or the online scholarships system, “@grantinterface.com.” It would be very helpful if you provide us with your personal cell phone number in case we need to contact you.