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University Libraries Student Scholarship: FAQ / Questions

FAQ

Questions about the Application Process
Do I have to be a currently enrolled Kent State University student to apply?
Are only University Library Student Assistants eligible for a scholarship?
May Regional Campus students apply for the scholarship?
Are international students eligible for this scholarship?
Is the scholarship open to graduate students?
Can I win the scholarship more than once?
Where do I submit my application materials?
When are the application materials due?
How can I get an unofficial transcript?
If I work in University Libraries or on campus, will my supervisor be contacted about my application?
How can I be sure that my application materials are “my own original work”?
May I have an extension to file my materials?
How do I demonstrate financial need? 

Questions about the Essay
What is the essay topic?  Will it be the same every year? 
How long is the essay supposed to be?  
How do I know how many words my essay contains? 
How do I save or convert something to PDF format?

Questions about the Awards Process
What happens to my application materials after submission?
Who decides who will win the scholarships?
How will I be notified if I win?

Scholarship Details
What is the amount of the scholarships?
Will receiving one of these scholarships have an impact on the rest of my financial aid package?
When will funds from the scholarship be available to me, and what will I be able to use it for?

Miscellaneous
If my question has not been answered in this FAQ, who may I contact for further information?

 

Questions about the Application Process

1. Do I have to be a currently enrolled Kent State University student to apply?
Yes. You must also be enrolled for the following Fall semester.

2. Are only University Library Student Assistants eligible for a scholarship?
No. While the scholarship started as one for University Libraries Student Assistants, we have now opened it to any eligible Kent Campus undergraduate students.

3. May Regional Campus students apply for the scholarship?
No, the scholarships are only for students enrolled at the Kent Campus.

4. Are international students eligible for this scholarship?
Yes, as long as they meet the other scholarship criteria.

5. Is the scholarship open to graduate students?
No, only undergraduates are eligible at this time. 

6. Can I win the scholarship more than once?
No, you can only be awarded the scholarship once while attending Kent State University.

7. Where do I submit my application materials?
Through the online application page. See "How to Apply" to the left.

8. When are the application materials due?
Friday, March 17, 2017 by 11:59 pm.  The online application will close after this time, and absolutely no late applications will be accepted.

9. How can I get an unofficial transcript?

  • Log into Flashline, and go to the “Student Dashboard."

  • Find the box labeled “Priority Resources.” You’ll see a link to “View Unofficial Transcript.” Click on that link.

  • For Academic Transcript Options, the default Transcript is “All Levels,” and the default “Transcript Type” is “Advising.” Click “Submit,” and your unofficial transcript will open.

  • To print the entire transcript, right click and then select “Print.”

  • The file must be in PDF format to submit.

10. If I work in University Libraries or on campus, will my supervisor be contacted about my application?
Possibly. During the application process, you will be asked to supply the contact information for one reference, either a KSU Faculty member, or your KSU supervisor. If you supply your supervisor as your reference, then yes, they will be contacted. If you choose to instead supply a faculty member as your reference, then no, we will not contact your supervisor. 

11. How can I be sure that my application materials are “my own original work”?
Please visit KSU Libraries "Academic Honesty and Plagiarism" web pages.

12. May I have an extension to file my materials?
All elements of the scholarship application, unofficial transcript, and essay must be completed and submitted by the due date and time. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered.

13. How do I demonstrate financial need?
A choice is provided on the application to affirm that you are in financial need of the scholarship. You may choose to authorize the committee to check your FAFSA with the KSU Financial Aid Office. In place of the FAFSA, you also have the option of providing a separate written personal statement of need with your application to provide further details to the committee. Please do not include the personal statement of need in the text of your essay on this year's topic. All financial information, whether FAFSA-related or the personal statement of need, will be considered confidential.

 

Questions about the Essay

14. What is the essay topic?  Will it be the same every year? 
The essay topics may vary from year to year.  This year’s topic will be available beginning January 24, 2017.

15. How long is the essay supposed to be?  
600 to 1000 words

16. How do I know how many words my essay contains? 
Click here for steps.

17. How do I save or convert something to PDF format?

  • The Chrome browser has a built-in function during the "Print" process where you can choose to instead "Save as PDF."

  • All major word processing software has a function in the "Save As..." options to save as PDF format instead of its own document format. Remember to first save as a regular document first in case you want to make changes later. 

  • Other browsers and operating systems have small programs, extensions, or add-ons you can install to have a similar function as above.  University Libraries can't endorse or recommend any specific software, so please be careful when installing anything you don't trust.

  • You may also print out a physical copy of any document and bring it to the library, where we can help you scan and convert it to PDF format.  

 

Questions about the Awards Process

18. What happens to my application materials after submission?
All application materials, including the essay, will be distributed to the University Libraries Scholarship Committee for consideration and evaluation. The Committee draws on representatives from UL faculty and staff, the Faculty Senate Library Advisory Committee, and the University Libraries National Advisory Council. 

19. Who decides who will win the scholarships?
Decisions are recommended by the University Libraries Scholarship Committee to the Dean of Libraries, who makes the final decision.

20. How will I be notified if I win?
The winners will be notified by April 20, 2017 and the awards will be formally announced at the University Libraries Student Appreciation Event on April 27, 2017.

  

Scholarship Details

21. What is the amount of the scholarships?
University Libraries is awarding four $1,000 scholarships this year. 

22. Will receiving one of these scholarships have an impact on the rest of my financial aid package?
This may vary on a case-by-case basis, so please contact Student Financial Aid for information and guidance on this matter.

23. When will funds from the scholarship be available to me, and what will I be able to use it for?
Half of the scholarship funds will be applied to the student’s bursar account in Fall Semester 2017 and the other half will be applied in Spring Semester 2018. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, books, and fees.

  

Miscellaneous

24. If my question has not been answered in this FAQ, who may I contact for further information?
Please contact the Library Dean's Office at 330-672-2962.