Congratulations 2019 Awardees!

We would like to thank all our applicants, supporters, vendors, and all in the community who helped make this another successful year. For 2019 we were fortunate and pleased to award a total of 74 high school and college scholarships with a combined value of $81,600.

 

Formal Acceptance of Your Scholarship

Log into your Dollars for Scholars account, navigate to your My Scholarship page, scroll down to your Awarded Applications section, then click the Accept Scholarship button. You will then be shown the Student Acknowledgement Form where you will verify/edit your contact information, verify/edit your school to attend, and accept terms of agreement. Please accept your award by Wednesday, July 3, 2019, to ensure your funds are secured. Instructions to help you accept your award are found in this PDF file and this YouTube tutorial video.

If you have any questions, contact the webmaster by email at webmaster@svdfs.org

 

Info/Check Night Reminder

Your check will be issued at our information night on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milford Town Banquet Room located upstairs at the Milford Town Hall. Parents and recipients MUST attend to receive their check and hear important information about the Dollars for Scholars program. Be aware that your scholarship check will be payable jointly to you and your school. If you cannot attend, you must contact the treasurer by email at treasurer@svdfs.org to make arrangements for a different pick up date.

If your educational plans have changed in any way, such as a change in school, please update your profile and email the treasurer at treasurer@svdfs.org

 


 

Meanwhile for now, this year's instructions are kept below:

The following instructions provide a brief overview to successfully apply for our scholarship(s). As an affiliate chapter of Scholarship America, we use their computer system to manage the tracking and accounting of our awards. The system is designed to create a student profile that then matches you to available scholarships across all of Scholarship America. The guide below will only focus on our scholarship requirements.

Our scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Eligible students from Milford include those who will graduate / graduated high school in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016. Eligible students from Mason include those who will graduate / graduated from Milford High School in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

Some common misconceptions:

  • Scholarships are automatically awarded -- There is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded even with SVDFS volunteer hours, we view this as service to the community and paying it forward, although we try to maximize the number of awardees.
  • Scholarships are automatically renewed -- Students must fully re-apply each year.
  • Requirements remain unchanged year after year -- Each year may have different requirements.
  • Submission to a scholarship in the system means you're fully qualified -- You may still have pending requirements to meet, please ask to confirm if you are unsure.
  • You will be reminded of requirement shortfalls -- While we may contact you for missing information, you are solely responsible to complete all requirements before the scholarship window closes.

To Begin, Create a Login. Go to our web site at svdfs.org and click on the "Students & Parents" tab. On that page click on the "Click to Login" button to go to the login page at https://public.dollarsforscholars.org/index.php?action=userLogin There you can sign in with your previous account login or if new, create a login to the online system. The login registration process creates your initial profile under the My Information section. Previous users should still see their previous data.

The only Profile categories that we use are ..

  • Basic Info -- complete ** items as a minimum
  • Additional Info -- complete ** items as a minimum
  • Schools -- complete ** items as a minimum
  • References -- high school students only to request a counselor reference online, college students should ignore this

.. Anything else in the profile is optional and may help you match to other scholarship opportunities with other chapters or Scholarship America. You don't need for your profile categories to be "Green" to match and Submit to our scholarship(s).

SUBMIT to our scholarship(s) in your student account to be considered. First login, search for our scholarship, click yes to our affiliate question, then click the Submit App button. This should be done before any of the other requirements -- which can be completed afterwards but before the close date.

Additional requirements for a High School Senior:

  1. High School Reference -- Request in their profile that their school counselor submit a reference into their profile.
  2. Latest Cumulative GPA -- Request that their school counselor submit their latest cumulative GPA into your profile.
  3. EFC -- Student downloads their FAFSA SAR (Student Aid Report) and emails at least page(s) 1 and/or 2 to the webmaster (see below) who will verify that it has the student's name, FAFSA year 2019-2020, and EFC data.* He will then email a reply for confirmation of receipt or request more information.

Additional requirements for a College Student who graduated in 2018, 2017, or 2016:

  1. SVDFS Volunteer Hours -- Minimum 5 hours from May 2018 through April 15, 2019 if not used for the 2018 scholarship year. Questions about the hours count may be asked by email to info@svdfs.org where the official count is maintained.
  2. Latest Cumulative GPA -- Requests from their school that their latest official transcript be mailed to our mailing address (see below) or that a link to their latest official transcript to be emailed to our webmaster (see below) who will verify the latest cumulative GPA. He will then email a reply for confirmation of receipt or request more information.
  3. EFC -- Student downloads their FAFSA SAR (Student Aid Report) and emails at least page(s) 1 and/or 2 to the webmaster (see below) who will verify that it has the student's name, FAFSA year 2019-2020, and EFC data.* He will then email a reply for confirmation of receipt or request more information.


​*A sample document from last year is linked. You can get a copy of your SAR by logging into fafsa.gov using your FSA ID and selecting the "View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)" option toward the bottom of the page. A file format of PDF is preferred, but JPG, JPEG, or PNG is also acceptable, even if it's created from a readable screenshot.

Extras:

  • If eligible for the John Foss Award, you will prompted to complete a required qualifying question and essay.
  • A more complete detailed description about "Completing the Student Profile" and matching to scholarships is linked.

Please Note: All mailed items must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 15, 2019. All emailed items must be time/stamped no later that Monday, April 15, 2019. All official correspondence will use your profile email address.

Mailing Address:
Souhegan Valley Dollars for Scholars
PO Box 713
Milford, NH 03055

Webmaster Email:
James Kolasinski
webmaster@svdfs.org

If you have any questions about this process, email the webmaster at webmaster@svdfs.org
 


New and Previous Applicants, Please Keep in Mind .. 

Using your email address in your profile will be the official method of communications with us. You are personally responsible to contact us directly with any questions or issues at President@svdfs.org


 

Students and Parents: Click below to log into the ChapterNet Student Dashboard

 

Detailed instructions Here