HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CLAIM MY SCHOLARSHIP?
You do not have a specific timeline in which to claim your award! As long as the Seattle Scholarship Organization, Inc. exists, your scholarship dollars will be available for claim. However, our goal is to pay out scholarships within one year from the award date. We understand that sometimes paying out scholarships within the year may not always happen with enrollment schedules and other scholarships and grants, but our goal is to get you the money you have earned as quickly as possible!
WHAT CAN I USE THE SCHOLARSHIP TO PAY?
All scholarships are for educational use. This includes tuition, fees, room and board for on-campus housing, textbooks, course fees, materials fees, required equipment fees, test prep classes (SAT/ACT, GRE, MCAT/LSAT), and even some education related technology purchases such as laptop computers and iPads if you can demonstrate that they are required for educational use. If you have student loans that you are making payments on, we can pay those, too! We cannot pay for things like private music lessons, some private tutoring, dance classes, extracurricular/sports fees, pageant coaching, iPhones, etc. If you have a specific question about whether you can use your scholarship to pay for something, please just ask us and we will make a determination and let you know! Again, our goal is to get you this money, so we will try to figure out a way to make it work!
HOW DO I GET THE SCHOLARSHIP PAID?
There are many ways to get scholarships paid and every situation is a little bit different. The preferred method is for us to pay the third party directly. With your Student ID Number and name, we usually are able to mail a physical check to the appropriate department for your school and we have even been able to take care of a few school payments through an online system using our company debit card. The same applies for test-prep centers and student loan payments. In rare situations, we are able to pay scholarships as reimbursements directly to you for education related expenses that you paid out-of-pocket that you paid after the date of the pageant. Either way, we will need certain documentation before we will make any payments.
FOR PAYMENT DIRECT TO A THIRD PARTY
FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO AN INDIVIDUAL
|A dated invoice showing a balance due that is greater than the total scholarship earned.||A dated invoice showing a balance due that is greater than the total scholarship earned,
A receipt demonstrating that payment was made after the date of the 2017 pageant. This should be a credit-card statement, paper receipt with cardholder’s name, or cancelled check.
Any information necessary for payment such as Student ID number, address where payments must be mailed, website and login information if payments are made online, etc.
To claim your scholarship awards, please e-mail Ross Amkraut, the treasurer, at MissSeattleOT@MissSeattle.org and include the above required information.
WHAT ARE MY OTHER OPTIONS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS?
There is one other option for disbursement of scholarship awards – and that is to have the scholarships return to the Seattle Scholarship Organization, Inc. This option provides the organization with the opportunity to continue our activities for the future and increase the awards to future contestants. Doing this is easier and takes just a few seconds – you just need to complete the form below!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS:
- I am part of a community choir that has annual dues. Can my scholarships pay for this?
- No. This is considered an extracurricular activity.
- My advanced biology course required me to go out and buy specialized goggles for $150.00, can my scholarship pay for this?
- Yes! We just need all the documentation.
- I’m in the school band and have dues of $400 per year. Can my scholarship pay for
- Yes. That is a fee related to a class in school.
- I paid my tuition before I competed and won my scholarship. Can you reimburse me for that payment?
- No. We can only reimburse for payments made AFTER scholarship dollars were earned.
- I have $500 in scholarship, but my tuition is only $300 this semester. What happens to the rest of my money?
- We will pay the $300 for this semester and hold the remaining $200. When the next bill comes, you can provide us with that invoice and we can disburse the remaining scholarship.
- I finished school and have to take an exam to get my professional license so that I can work, do you cover this cost?
- No. Unfortunately, this does not count as an education related expense.
- I graduated already and I am now studying to take the LSAT, can you pay my rent while I study?
- No. Room and Board cannot be covered during a post-education study period.
- I don’t plan on enrolling in any school and don’t have any student loans to pay for, how can I get my scholarships?
- Unfortunately, the scholarships are for educational use only. This is one of the requirements we must strictly follow for our 501(c)(3) status to remain in effect. If you do not anticipate any future expenses, we would suggest that you consider donating the scholarship back to the program so that we can continue our activities and continue to award scholarships to future contestants.