1. Do I need to include my social security number in the application?
No, you do not need to include your social security number. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, the Valley Foundation will ask for your social security number when you receive your scholarship agreement.
2. Do I need to send my High School transcripts if I have been out of school for a while.
If it has been 10 years or more since you have graduated from High School you do not need to send your High School transcripts. If it has been less than 10 years since you graduated High School, you need to include your High School transcript.
3. What is an official transcript?
An official transcript is one that is sealed by the school issuing it. Many schools allow students to send their official transcript electronically. If you have a problem with the address provided for the Valley Foundation when trying to send your application electronically, please call or email the Valley Foundation office and we will provide an address the transcript company will recognize.
4. Can I fax or email my application?
No, applications must be sent by mail to the address on the application. Faxed or emailed copies will not be considered.
5. Can I send the letters of recommendation and transcripts with my application.
Yes. If you are including your required transcripts and letters of recommendation with your application, the transcripts must be sealed in the original sealed envelope issued by the school. The letters of recommendation must be in a sealed envelope with the signature of the person who wrote it across the seal. Please ask questions if you have them.
6. What is the amount of the scholarship?
The average scholarship granted is $3,000-$4,000 for a university and $1,500-$2,000 for a community college but scholarships for both more and less have been awarded based on circumstances and availability of funds. Therefore, you are not applying for a scholarship that is worth a specific amount. The amount will be determined when the scholarship is granted.
7. What process does the Valley Foundation use to choose those who will receive a scholarship?
The Valley Foundation board members read all applications received. After all the applications have been read, the Valley Foundation selects those students who will move forward in the grant round. The selected students are then interviewed by the Valley Foundation board members. After all interviews have been conducted, the Valley Foundation chooses those who will receive a scholarship. Students who are selected for an interview are asked to come to Tucson on a specific day for their interview.