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Dollars for Scholars Disaster Relief Emergency Grant Program Scholarship America
Deadline to apply: November 30, 2020 3:00 pm CT or until available funds are depleted

Scholarship America, Inc. has established an emergency funding program to assist students whose pursuit of educational goals was adversely affected by the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

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Applicants to the Dollars for Scholars Disaster Relief Emergency Grant Program must:

  • Be a Dollars for Scholars matching grant student recipient that has experienced a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic
  • Be able to upload a course schedule to verify enrollment (see “Required Documents” for more information)
  • Be able to upload documentation of eligible expense (see “Required Documents” for more information)
  • Be a college undergraduate student who was enrolled full-time* during Spring 2020 term and/or who will be enrolled full-time Fall 2020 term

*Full-time enrollment is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours per academic term (or equivalent)

Dependents of employees of Scholarship America are not eligible



What expenses are eligible?

  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Medical/Dental
  • Childcare
  • Transportation/Car Repair (not gas or insurance)
  • Technology/Computer/Wi-Fi

Books, tuition and fees, required course materials and food/groceries are not eligible.

What is the grant maximum?

The maximum grant is $1,000.

How fast can I receive the grant?

Decisions for all applications are made within one business day. Approved requests will be paid within three business days. Note: Processing times may take longer during surges and in cases where we are missing documentation, payment info, or electronic payment is not available.

If my application is approved, how will I receive the payment?

Grants will be made payable directly to you via JP Morgan Chase’s Corporate Quick Pay. If your request is approved, you will receive an email with additional instructions.

Is the grant taxable?

Grants may be considered taxable income. Work with a tax professional to determine if your grant is taxable.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • Course schedule that includes your name, school name, courses and credit hours for each course
  • Documentation of expenses (i.e. bills, invoices, receipts) to verify the amount of emergency need request. Documentation must include:
    • Your name
    • Vendor’s name, address and phone number
    • Itemized list of expense(s) and total expense
    • An expense incurred within thirty (30) days of application submission

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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