Thank you for your interest in Theta Foundation scholarships! For complete information regarding eligibility and requirements, please review the application guide posted on the Apply Now page.
If you have questions not answered here or in the guide, please contact:
Mary Kate Kronzer, Programs Manager
In addition to these FAQs, Theta Foundation provides other resources to help you complete your application:
2018 Scholarship Application Guide – Includes tips, guidance, and contact information for Theta Foundation’s Programs Manager; all applicants are required to read the entire guide and certify they have done so in their applications.
Application Help Session Webinars – No need to register in advance! You can access each of the help sessions below at http://bit.ly. For audio during the sessions, call 1-888-222-0475 and enter the attendee code 5901365.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 12 p.m. (noon) EST
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 3 p.m. EST
Application Q&A Facebook Chat Session – Send Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation a direct message via Facebook during our chat session and get your questions answered in real time by Programs staff.
Monday, February 12, 2018, from 7-8 p.m. EST
Yes! When applying, all applicants must certify that they have read and understand the Scholarship Application Guide. The guide provides thorough instructions and other information to help you complete and submit a Theta Foundation scholarship application.
SmarterSelect is a third-party online application and recommendation system. All applications and recommendations must be completed and submitted via SmarterSelect. Applicants who have already opened an application and created a SmarterSelect account can access their applications by clicking on the application link on Theta Foundation’s Apply Now page and signing in to SmarterSelect.
You can see the scholarships and their expected 2018 award amounts in our A-Z Scholarship Listing. The amount awarded for each scholarship varies depending on the award received, but the range is a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $12,000. Depending on an applicant’s qualifications, she may receive more than one scholarship and can receive more than one type of scholarship (merit- and need-based) in a given year.
Due to limited funding, we are unfortunately not able to award a scholarship to each deserving candidate. We often have more applicants than we have funding available, so it is a rather competitive process. However, each year brings different candidates with different strengths, so we certainly encourage previous applicants to apply again if they will pursue a degree during the upcoming academic year.
No. Theta Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and our scholarships cannot be applied toward Theta- or fraternity/sorority-specific expenses, including membership dues.
Theta Foundation scholarships can be applied toward academic expenses, including tuition, course-related fees, and textbooks and supplies required for course enrollment.
The basic difference between merit-based and need-based scholarships is that need-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, while financial need is not considered at all for merit-based scholarships. Candidates for need-based scholarships must complete and submit the NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION page of the scholarship application.
While candidates self-select their Application Type, not all applicants are eligible to apply for need-based scholarships. Eligibility for both categories of scholarships is as follows:
MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS [Application Type: UNDERGRADUATE or GRADUATE + MERIT-BASED]
- Initiated college or alumnae members of Kappa Alpha Theta in good standing with the Fraternity who will pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree during the upcoming academic year. Alumnae members do not have to be dues-paying members of the Fraternity or an alumnae chapter or circle. New Members may apply, but their chapters must report their initiation and submit their signed Loyalty Pledge cards and other required information to Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters by the application deadline.
- Applicants with applications and References’ recommendation forms submitted by the application deadline.
NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS [Application Type: UNDERGRADUATE + NEED-BASED]
- Initiated college members of Kappa Alpha Theta in good standing with the Fraternity who will pursue an undergraduate degree during the upcoming academic year. New Members may apply, but their chapters must report their initiation and submit their signed Loyalty Pledge cards and other required information to Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters by the application deadline.
- Applicants who demonstrate financial need and submit all information requested in the NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION page of the application. Applicants who fail to submit all information requested in the NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION page will be disqualified for need-based scholarships.
- Applicants with applications and References’ recommendation forms submitted by the application deadline.
One great aspect of applying for Theta Foundation scholarships is that you do not have to select the individual scholarships for which you would like to apply. You will be automatically considered for any scholarships for which you qualify after submitting Theta Foundation’s posted application.
Applicants who select the “Need-based” Application Type who have complete applications will be considered for both merit-based and need-based scholarships.
Recipients of 2018 Theta Foundation scholarships must be enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a degree-granting program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Theta Foundation’s scholarships are only available for enrollment during the upcoming academic year and are not meant to reimburse for previous expenses. For more information about eligibility, please refer to the Scholarship Application Guide.
Yes, of course! As long as you meet the current general eligibility guidelines, the only restriction is the each recipient is limited to a maximum of $40,000 in Theta Foundation scholarships and grants during her lifetime.
Each scholarship application cycle is held separately from previous cycles, so the opportunity for an applicant to receive a scholarship is renewed each year.
The primary eligibility consideration for Theta Foundation scholarships is that recipients must enroll in a degree-granting program during the academic year for which scholarships are awarded. Scholarships awarded during the 2018 cycle are only applicable toward expenses incurred during the 2018-19 Academic Year.
You can apply for Theta Foundation scholarships if your degree-granting program acceptance status is pending for the 2018-19 Academic Year. If, however, you apply for a scholarship and find out after the deadline that you have not been accepted into your degree-granting program, please contact Theta Foundation as soon as possible to cancel your scholarship application.
As noted in the Scholarship Application Guide, we ask that you carefully consider your ability to use a Theta Foundation scholarship throughout the application and acceptance process. If you apply this year, accept a Theta Foundation scholarship, and then do not enroll in a degree-granting program during the 2018-19 Academic Year, we cannot re-award that funding to another recipient.
No, there is not a minimum GPA requirement for scholarship applicants. The process is competitive, so you should take great care to clearly articulate your strengths and accomplishments in your application submission.
As long as you remain a member of Kappa Alpha Theta in good standing and are enrolled in a degree-granting program, you are eligible to receive a scholarship from Theta Foundation, even if you are not officially on campus each term during the academic year. In general, Theta Foundation scholarships can be applied toward academic expenses (as outlined in the 2018 Scholarship Application Guide) incurred for study abroad programs, but cannot support room and board and other living costs.
Theta Foundation supports academic expenses: tuition, course-related fees, and required textbooks and supplies. We call this your Qualified Cost of Attendance (QCOA). When we calculate your financial need, we will consider your QCOA, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) noted on your Student Aid Report, and the scholarships and grants you anticipate receiving for the upcoming academic year. However, your college/university will calculate your institutional financial need using the entire cost of attendance, including room and board and other expenses, which may mean Theta Foundation’s calculation of your financial need is lower than what your school may calculate.
No, you do not have to complete the application in one session. You may save any information you have entered into the application form, log out of SmarterSelect, and return at a later time. As long as you have saved the application, all information you have previously entered should be retained.
No, you should not submit a transcript with your application. As indicated in the Scholarship Application Guide, however, scholarship recipients will be required to submit transcripts, but not all scholarship applicants must do so.
College members who will pursue an undergraduate degree during the 2018-19 Academic Year and who have submitted the 2018-19 FAFSA are eligible to apply for need-based scholarships. After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report outlining your eligibility for financial aid; you must upload your SAR in PDF format to your Theta Foundation scholarship application. Please review the Federal Student Aid website to learn more about the SAR and how you can obtain your own SAR.
If you are a Canadian student, please upload your most recent Notification/Letter of Assessment from your provincial government.
If you are not able to obtain your Student Aid Report (SAR) before the application deadline and have already indicated you would like to be considered for need-based scholarships, navigate to the APPLICATION TYPE page of the application and change your response from “Need-based” to “Merit-based” in the appropriate field. This should eliminate the NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION page of the application so that you may apply as a merit-based applicant.
You can obtain your Member ID number by visiting the Fraternity website at http://bit.ly/ThetaID. Please note that you must enter the Reference Code FdnScholar2018.
Upon successfully completing the form with the Reference Code, the website will email your Member ID number to the email address listed on your official Fraternity record.
If you have requested your Member ID number from the Fraternity website but have not yet received it, please double-check that you entered the Reference Code with your request. If you still have trouble, please call Mary Kate Kronzer, Programs Manager, at 317-876-8593, ext. 113, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday). You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, but you will only receive a response during published business hours.
New Members are encouraged to submit applications after receiving Member ID numbers. If you will be initiated on March 7, 2018, or after and do not have a Member ID number, please enter the Member ID number 1111111.
If you have requested your Member ID number from the Fraternity website but have not yet received it, please call Mary Kate Kronzer, Programs Manager, at 317-876-8593, ext. 113, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday). You may also email her at email@example.com, but you will only receive a response during published business hours.
Review the information included in the application form and the Scholarship Application Guide for verifying submission of all application materials, including recommendations from References and your application form.
Changes to a submitted application may be made up to the application deadline by logging in to your application, completing changes, and resubmitting. The updated application will replace the original submission.
SmarterSelect recommends that applicants complete their applications using either a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet or smart phone. It is also recommended that applicants use Google Chrome as their browser while working in their applications. This has typically helped minimize technical difficulties experienced by applicants and References but does not guarantee you won’t experience technical issues. If you continue to have trouble, please contact Mary Kate Kronzer, Programs Manager, as soon as possible.
After each of your References submits a complete recommendation form, you should receive an email from SmarterSelect confirming submission. You can also view the status of your References’ recommendation forms at the top of each Reference section as noted in the application form.
Some References will have completed much of the information required for a recommendation form, but have not officially submitted it. If your Reference is confident she has completed the recommendation form, but you have not received a confirmation email and the recommendation is still showing as “Pending” within your application, you should suggest that your Reference return to the recommendation form and click “Submit” to submit the completed recommendation form. If she does not receive an on-screen confirmation after clicking “Submit,” she should scroll through the recommendation form to find any areas highlighted red and address those errors before selecting “Submit” again. After she has successfully submitted a recommendation form, she will receive an on-screen confirmation message and you, as the applicant, will receive an automated email from SmarterSelect confirming receipt.
The deadline for the 2018 Scholarship Application (for scholarships awarded for the 2018-19 Academic Year) is Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
No. In order for your application to be considered, it must include complete recommendations from a Theta Reference and an Academic Reference. As the applicant, you are responsible for submitting your complete application and verifying that your References have submitted complete recommendation forms.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Theta Foundation will not accept late application or acceptance materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to applications, recommendations, and award acceptance documents.
Theta Foundation will not accept late application or acceptance materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to applications, recommendations, and award acceptance documents.
No, you should not select the Need-based Application Type if you will not have all of the required information by the application deadline. As noted on the U.S. Department of Education’s website, you must file your FAFSA to coincide with the requirements of private scholarships like those awarded by Theta Foundation. Theta Foundation does not accept late materials under any circumstances, so you must submit your 2018-19 Student Aid Report by the application deadline of March 7, 2018.
As outlined in the 2018 Scholarship Application Guide, Theta Foundation recommends that all applicants for need-based scholarships file their FAFSAs online in order to receive the required Student Aid Report as quickly as possible. If tax information is your concern, the DoE also offers an IRS Data Retrieval Tool for applicants, which should help with efficient transfer of data from 2016 income tax filings to your FAFSA.
To protect your application information from being lost, we recommend saving all of your responses in a separate document. Also, as you work on your application, periodically save your changes. Application information is only saved when the applicant saves the content, so, unfortunately, there is no other way to retrieve information that was not saved by the user.
Please keep in mind that Theta Foundation will not accept late submissions, even in the event of a technology glitch.
On the first award status notification date of May 10, 2018, Theta Foundation will notify each scholarship applicant via email whether or not she was selected as a scholarship recipient. Notifications will be sent to the preferred email address listed on your official Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity record. This information can be updated at any time by logging in to the Fraternity website at www.KappaAlphaTheta.org.
Applicants who do not receive email notification on May 10, 2018, should contact Theta Foundation’s Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org within 24 hours regarding their selection for a scholarship.
In the event any initially-selected scholarship recipient can no longer accept an award or fails to submit award acceptance documents by the deadline, an alternate recipient will be selected. Alternate recipients will be notified via email on the alternate recipient notification date.