General Scholarship Questions

The Think GREAT Foundation scholarship is based on unmet need. What is an “unmet need”?

“Unmet need” as defined by Think GREAT Foundation, is the portion of your tuition, fees, on-campus dormitory housing (Higher Ed), on-campus meal plans (Higher Ed) and required textbooks for the term that are not covered by other sources of awards or financial aid.

Do I have to maintain a certain grade point average to qualify for the Higher Education scholarship?

Think GREAT Foundation scholarship requirements dictate that a 3.0 grade point average for each term is required. If the term GPA falls below 3.0, you will be put on academic probation with TGF. You will still be awarded the second half of the scholarship, provided you complete the requirements for the check-in process. However, you will need to provide us with another transcript at the end the next term to show that your GPA has improved to 3.0 or better to be eligible to be considered for the current academic year. Please be looking for an email from TGF with more details. If you have a 3.0 GPA or below for two consecutive terms, your scholarship will be revoked, and you will not be eligible to re-apply with TGF until you can maintain a 3.0 GPA for two consecutive terms.

Are there expenses not allowed under the Higher Education scholarship?

The Think GREAT Foundation scholarship cannot be used for the following: off-campus housing (any housing NOT billed through the bursar), Greek housing or fees, computers (accessories), special field (nursing, teaching) exams, student insurance (usually over $1000), previous semester (year) charges, parking/transportation passes, sports tickets, credits/bucks to the bookstore/campus, application fees, etc.

Can my Higher Education Scholarship be used all in one semester?

The Think GREAT Foundation Scholarship Guidelines require that the payment be up to half of the total amount of the scholarship per term. The funds cannot be paid in one lump sum. The Think GREAT Foundation offers three payment windows to utilize the scholarship funds. Payment windows are July – August (fall), December – January (spring), April – May (summer).

How do I know if my school or tutoring service will be approved for payment?

The institution selected by the recipient/guardian must be accredited. Our board vetting team will determine eligibility according to IRS guidelines that we must adhere to. We do not have a ‘list’ of approved vendors and we do not do any ‘off cycle’ vetting of institutions. We encourage you to apply when our application window is open.

I’m attending college and ready to use my Future Use Scholarship. What do I do?

If you have a Future Use Scholarship that has not been used, please complete a Higher Education Scholarship application.

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Application Questions

I’m now planning on attending a different school than I originally listed in the application. How do I make changes?

If a scholarship award is offered, you will be sent a “Scholarship Acceptance” invitation email that will have further instructions on how to complete a check-in section and update this information. At that time, you will change the name and address of your school, by marking “YES, I HAVE CHANGED SCHOOLS”. The fall term statement of account fall term financial aid statement and fall class schedule should all come from the new institution (school) you will attend and will need to be uploaded into the check-in section by you.

When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

All scholarship offers (and denials) for the 2019-2020 academic year will be sent in July 2019 Please check the email address that the account was registered under for an email from

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