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Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship


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Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship

  2. 2. Overview • Eligibility • Scholarship Details • Application Requirements/Deadlines • Changes this Year • Recommendations • Essay Prompts • Communication with Applicants • Common Questions and Errors • Application Questions and Clarification
  3. 3. Eligibility • Be a resident of the state of Nebraska • Graduate from a Nebraska high school or earn a Nebraska GED • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative unweighted GPA in high school (or 83 on a 100 point scale) • Be a first-time freshman when entering college ◦ Students obtaining dual enrollment credits in high school are still eligible • Plan to enroll in a Nebraska public institution • Be in need of financial assistance
  4. 4. Financial Eligibility • Students with an EFC below $10,000 are encouraged to apply for the scholarship ◦ Students do not need to be Pell Grant eligible to qualify ◦ Use the 2018-2019 College Funding Estimator to learn more about EFC
  5. 5. Scholarship Details Maximum Term Awards 2017-2018 The scholarship renews for up to five years at a four-year college or up to three years at a two-year college or until they graduate - whichever comes first.* *As long as scholarship requirements are met Institutions Full Time (12+hours) Three-Quarter Time (9-11 hours) Half Time (6-8 hours) Quarter Time (3-5 hours) Less than Quarter Time (1-2 hours) Community Colleges MCC and SECC $1,500.00 $1,125.00 $750.00 $375.00 $187.50 CCC and MPCC $2,050.00 $1,537.50 $1,025.00 $512.50 $256.25 NECC and WNCC $2,200.00 $1,650.00 $1,100.00 $550.00 $275.00 Nebraska State Colleges Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State $4,000.00 $3,000.00 $2,000.00 $1,000.00 $500.00 University of Nebraska University of NE – Kearney $4,350.00 $3,262.50 $2,175.00 $1,087.50 $543.75 University of NE – Omaha $4,600.00 $3,450.00 $2,300.00 $1,150.00 $575.00 University of NE – Lincoln and UNMC $5,000.00 $3,750.00 $2,500.00 $1,250.00 $625.00 NCTA $2,900.00 $2,175.00 $1,450.00 $725.00 $362.50
  6. 6. Application Requirements and Deadline All items are due February 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. MST: • Application – Students must click “submit” and sign consent to release by this date and time, or the application will be locked • 2 Recommendations (on-line template) • High School Transcript • Essay – Students must be responsive to prompt questions • Student Aid Report from FAFSA (College Funding Estimator for students ineligible for federal aid)
  7. 7. Reminders • Videos Application Overview Essay Overview • Mobile Friendly o Students and Recommenders can use mobile devices to complete application requirements
  8. 8. Changes This Year • Clear eligibility checklist when setting up an account • GPA eligibility – 2.5 unweighted GPA or 83 on a 100 point scale • Additional question about dual enrollment hours • Updates to essay and recommendation questions • Essay save function improved – removal of error message • Added recommendation reminder 1/31 ***One application deadline and time o February 1st @ 5:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. MST
  9. 9. Recommendations  Type in Recommendations using on-line tool ◦ Template available through link sent via email ◦ Recommenders can save and come back ◦ A PDF copy of the recommendation will be emailed to recommenders when they submit ◦ Email reminders and confirmations sent to both students and recommenders
  10. 10. Recommendations Please note that recommendations must be professional and should come from teachers, school administrators, school counselors, employers, clergy or other adult mentors in the student’s life. Recommendations from family members or personal friends will not be accepted. Recommenders will be asked to respond to the following:  Please speak to the student’s work ethic and leadership skills.  Discuss the student’s motivation, goals, and any challenges he/she/they have overcome.  How have you seen this student demonstrate selflessness, caring for others, and/or giving back to the community?  Is there anything else you would like to share that makes this student special and/or unique?
  11. 11. Recommendations
  12. 12. Recommendations
  13. 13. Essay Please compose an essay (1000-1500 words) that helps us understand more about you and your life. It is important that you address all of the following questions/topics throughout the essay: 1. What are your goals and how will you reach them? 2. How have you demonstrated leadership in your life (community, school, job, etc.)? 3. How are you involved in giving back to others and/or your community? 4. Tell us about an obstacle or challenge you have faced. 5. Tell us about a time you worked hard to achieve something.
  14. 14. Essay
  15. 15. Email Communication Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation - Application Creation • When students create account Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation - Application Submitted • When the student signs the consent to release and submits the application ◦ The email will let the student know if all required documents and recommendations have been received ◦ The email will indicate if the student is still missing something when he/she/they submit (i.e. recommendation(s))
  16. 16. Email Communication Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation - Application Complete  All application materials (including recommendations, SAR/CFE) have been received
  17. 17. Email/Text Communication Deadline (February 1st – 5:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. MST) Reminder Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation – DEADLINE REMINDER  To remind students who have missing requirements for the deadline (February 1st – 5:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. MST)  Sent via Email and Text 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 1/29, 1/31
  18. 18. Email Communication (Recommendations) Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation - Recommendation Request  Sent to Recommender when student enters a reference on the application  Also when student clicks “Resend Request” on the application Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation - Recommendation Submitted  Sent to student and Recommender when a recommendation is submitted
  19. 19. Email Communication (Recommendations) Subject: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation - Recommendation Reminder  Sent to student if one or more recommendations is missing: 1/15, 1/27, and 1/31  Sent to Recommender if he/she/they have not yet submitted the recommendation: 1/15, 1/27, and 1/31
  20. 20. Communication with H.S. Counselors Deadline (February 1 – 5:00 p.m. CST/4:00 p.m. MST) Communication • An email from EducationQuest during the week of January 8 asking if high school counselors would like a list of students who have started the application
  21. 21. Communication about Decisions Decision Emails • Email sent to all students who completed the application • Decisions always sent prior to May 1 Lists for high school counselors available upon request after all student notifications have been sent. Email
  22. 22. Common Questions • What is the most important part of the application? • I lost my Username and/or Password, now what? • How do I complete the FAFSA? - EducationQuest • How do I let the Foundation know I’m DACA, and I can’t apply for federal aid?
  23. 23. Common Questions • If I have a 2.49 GPA or an EFC of $10,001, can I apply if I address it in my essay? • I can’t get my SAR to download and save…help! • How many did you award? Is there a waitlist? • Why didn’t I get the scholarship? • Others?
  24. 24. Common Errors ESSAY • Essay prompts are not addressed • Student gives general essay responses, without sharing personal experiences/stories GENERAL • Recommendation from family friend • Incorrect documents uploaded (1 page of the SAR) • Students have all application materials complete, but do not officially “submit” after the consent to release • Students ask recommenders who cannot answer the questions • Procrastination (Students and Recommenders) • Forgetting to check the “status” page
  25. 25. A Look at the Application
  26. 26. Questions?