I do not meet the GPA/Test Score requirements; can I still apply?

The Alousi STEM Scholarship is very competitive but it also has a holistic review process. You can still apply to the scholarship without meeting a specific requirement, but it is less likely (though not impossible) for the review committee to select you for an award. You are expected to explain anything that doesn’t meet the requirements and you should still be decently close to the required GPA/test score.

I’m not a US citizen; can I still apply?

Yes, as long as you plan on staying in the United States for your education and professional career.

I can’t apply to FAFSA because I’m an international student; what do I do?

In lieu of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), please submit a paragraph statement demonstrating your financial needs and/or nature of your situation.

When will we hear back?

The scholarship deadline is May 15. The committee will meet and review applications throughout July. You should hear back by mid-August.

Is my major considered STEM?

You can refer to this link to see which list of STEM majors we accept: https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2016/stem-list.pdf If your field of study is not on there but you strongly believe it is STEM, you can still apply and it will be up to the review committee to decide whether or not they consider it an eligible field.

I would like to major in a STEM field, but my university does not allow incoming freshmen to declare a major until I achieve the minimum GPA requirements and prerequisite courses. Am I still eligible?

Yes, applicants need to state their “intended major” in their application. Applicants are also expected to convey this by discussing goals for their future career in the essay.

I am going into a graduate program. Can I apply?

Yes; this scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students.

I am taking summer courses and these grades won’t be reflected on my transcript; what do I do?

Send us the most recent transcript by the June 16 deadline. If you don’t get your final grades until June 15, for example, please wait until June 15 to upload your transcript and submit the application. If you aren’t getting your final grades until after June 16, then upload the most recent transcript available.

I have a hold on my account and cannot send an official transcript. Can I send an unofficial one instead?

Yes, you may submit an unofficial transcript as long as it is provided by your school (i.e. from registrar office, student portal, etc). You cannot submit some other type of form that reports grades.

My recommendor does not want me to see the letter he/she is submitting on my behalf. What do I do?

You can refer your letter writer to this link to submit the letter to us directly: https://www.centeraap.org/scholarship-letter-of-recommendation-form/

Will I get a notification when my recommender submits their letter for my application?

Unfortunately, our system does not automatically notify you when your recommender submits their letter. You may reach out to us via email prior to the due date to confirm it is complete if necessary.

I don’t want my headshot and/or bio to be published on the CAAP website or any marketing material. Does that mean I can’t apply?

You can still apply. Please still submit a photo and bio with your application. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will have the option to opt out of having your photo published through a media release form.

If I’m awarded this scholarship, what can I use the money towards? Do I receive a check in my name?

If awarded, the scholarship is sent to your institution. Under no circumstances do we mail checks directly to the student. You may use the award money to help cover any costs of attendance allowed by your school’s financial aid office.

I was awarded the scholarship last year but don’t want to renew. Do I still have to fill out the report?

Yes; you agreed to provide career data when you received the scholarship. You are required to fill out the report.

I was awarded the scholarship last year but no longer meet the requirements. Can I renew?

You can still submit a renewal request. It is up to the committee to decide whether they want to renew your award or not. You are expected to explain why you do not meet the requirements.

Will my renewal be in the original amount awarded?

It may differ from the original award amount.

I was awarded the scholarship two years ago. I didn’t renew last year but now want the award again. Do I submit a renewal request or new application?

You must submit a new application.