College of Technology
Frequently Asked Scholarship Questions
Where do I get the application for College of Technology scholarships? Answer
There is one application for all scholarships given by the College of Technology. It can be accessed electronically on the financial information page. You must print the application. You cannot complete it online.
Why is there only one application when there are so many awards? Answer
A single application makes it easier for YOU to apply for the many awards given by the College of Technology. The application is comprehensive and asks for all information that is needed to award each scholarship.
How do I know which awards I am qualified to receive? Answer
Read the brief descriptions of the awards on the first two pages of the application. If you meet the criteria, check the box, indicating that you wish to apply.
Should I apply for a scholarship even if I don’t match all the criteria? Answer
Read the scholarship criteria carefully. If you are a VCT major and decide to apply for a scholarship that is reserved for technology education majors, you will not be considered as an applicant. If, however, a scholarship requires that you live in a particular geographical location or graduate from a specific high school, and you live near that location or graduated from a neighboring school district, do apply. Sometimes no fully qualified applicants complete the scholarship application. The Scholarship Committee then tries to find the most perfect match.
Why are the qualifications for some scholarships so specific? Answer
Private donors fund most scholarships. At the time these donors give their money to the University to create a scholarship, they are permitted to establish all criteria for giving the award. Although the University discourages highly restrictive criteria, donors have the final word about who can receive their scholarship.
What does it mean to be a “rising” sophomore, junior or senior? Answer
A “rising sophomore” is a student who has earned sufficient academic credit that in the next academic year s/he will have achieved sophomore status. Class status is determined as follows: Sophomore, 30-59 hours; Junior, 60-89 hours; Senior, 90 hours or more. Students who will be fifth year seniors are not considered as “rising seniors.”
How do I know my GPA in my major? Answer
Your major GPA is indicated on your Degree Audit Report about two-thirds of the way through your audit. It is the first item in the section headed “Major Requirements.” The Degree Audit Report is available through MyBGSU.
Why do you need to know if I am a transfer student? Answer
When students transfer to BGSU, credits transfer; grades do not. As applicants are reviewed for scholarships, the number of letter-graded credits earned at BGSU is an important consideration. However, transfer students frequently do receive scholarships from the College of Technology, from BGSU, and from outside organizations.
What kind of resume should I attach? Answer
A resume that has been approved by the Co-op Office for inclusion on Place Pro is ideal for the scholarship application. You need not develop a specific “academic” resume. If you have not yet created your resume for co-op searching, now is the time to do it.
Should I include my high school activities on the application? Answer
Only freshmen should include high school activities, and those should be limited to activities that will make you stand out among other applicants. Applicants, including commuter students and adult students who have returned to college, are encouraged to include current community and/or church-related activities.
What is a financial need statement? Answer
Many scholarships are awarded based on need or on a combination of both need and academic merit. The financial need statement is your opportunity to tell the Scholarship Committee about your particular financial circumstances. Everybody needs money to pay for college. Be specific about your individual situation and how you will use the scholarship money if you receive it. Click here to read examples.
Why do I have to attend the Awards Program if I receive a scholarship? Answer
One of the most important aspects of our scholarship program is providing an opportunity for scholarship recipients to meet the donor(s) or a representative from the family/foundation/firm that has sponsored each award. When donors meet the students who receive their awards, they frequently give more money to the scholarship program and help support more students. Many students maintain their contact with the donor throughout their college careers and well beyond.
Do I REALLY have to attend the awards program if I receive a scholarship? Answer
If you fail to attend the awards ceremony, the scholarship will be given to another qualified student.
What should I do if I have a class during the Awards Program? Answer
The awards program is the last Friday of classes during Spring Semester. If missing class is an issue, you must notify the Program Services Office or the Dean’s Office in the College of Technology about the conflict as soon as you receive notification that you are a scholarship recipient.
Can I receive a scholarship if I will graduate in December? Answer
Most scholarships given by the College of Technology require that you will be a full-time student for the duration of the coming academic year. Occasionally students who will graduate in December do receive a scholarship that is funded by an agency or individual off campus, or separate from the College of Technology.
Can I receive a scholarship if I am going to be on co-op? Answer
Co-op is considered full-time enrollment in the College of Technology. The College allows students on co-op to receive the full amount of a scholarship offered through the College even if the recipient is registered for only the 4 credit hours of co-op. Some other awards offered by BGSU cannot be used when a student is on co-op. It is always best to check with Student Financial Aid about your individual circumstances.
Who decides which students receive a scholarship? Answer
The College of Technology has a Scholarship Committee that reviews each application and determines who will receive awards. Members of the committee are faculty and staff from within the College.