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Common Questions

I know that I want to go to college, but I’m not sure where I’m going or what I’m going to study. Can I still apply?

Yes. Even without a clear educational plan in mind, students interested in college should apply. You should be able to express how you have prepared for college, and which career options interest you. Students already in college are expected to have a more clearly defined plan.

Do the ETF scholarships renew automatically each year?

No. Students must apply each year.

What are the important dates?

The scholarship application becomes available in December. It is due in its entirety by March 1. In late April or early May, the Selection Committee will notify all applicants of its decision. In late May ETF will host Awards Night, where recipients are presented with their scholarship and instructions for retrieval.

Is every field required in the application?

Not every question requires an answer. However, certain scholarships have eligibility requirements. It is in your best interest to fill out the application completely, honestly, and to the best of your ability. Keep in mind that you will not be able to save your application and return to it; some preparation is necessary before you begin.

How will EFT contact me?

ETF will communicate with students using their email address and mailing address provided in the application. Students should expect one confirmation email after submitting their application. Students should also expect confirmation emails after each recommender has responded to ETF’s recommendation form. Most Graduating High School Seniors‘ transcripts are sent electronically by Junction City High School; the student will be contacted by email if there is an issue. Continuing Education students will receive an email upon receipt of their transcript(s). Students will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by email.

What happens if the application is incomplete by the deadline?

Incomplete applications may be disqualified. All components must be received electronically by March 1. A complete Graduating High School Seniors application includes the online application submitted through ETF’s website, your current high school transcript, and three letters of recommendation. A complete Continuing Education application includes the online application submitted through ETF’s website, your current college transcript, and three letters of recommendation.

Can I amend my application after it is submitted?

No, all applications are final once submitted. However, students are encouraged to email scholarship@jcetf.org if they need assistance with transcripts or recommendations.

Graduating High School Senior Application Contents

Part I: About the Applicant
  • Student’s basic contact information
  • Parent/guardian’s basic contact information
  • Parent/guardian’s graduation year, if they are a JCHS alum
Part II: Academic Achievements
  • GPA, class rank, SAT, ACT test scores
  • Desired institution or program
  • Proposed field of study
Part III: Personal Essay
  • What led you to pursue your intended field of study? And, what have you done to prepare yourself for that field of study? (2000 character limit)
Part IV: Activities and Experiences
  • Describe your activities (500 character limit)
  • Describe any hobbies or personal interests (500 character limit)
  • Describe any paid employment (500 character limit)
  • Describe service for your family or community (500 character limit)
Part V: Letters of Recommendation

ETF accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Students are expected to speak with three individuals who agree to write letters of recommendation. In the application, students will submit the names and email addresses of the three people that they have selected. Within 24 hours, ETF’s system will email the confidential recommendation form to the email addresses provided, along with instructions for how to fill out the form.

Recommendations should be completed by non-family members who know the student well enough to recommend them for a scholarship. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with their recommenders, and ensure that the recommendation forms are returned to ETF by March 1.

Part VI: High School Transcript

ETF requires an unofficial high school transcript; it is only accepted electronically. If the student attends Junction City High School, there is a space in the application to request a transcript from the JCHS registrar. If the student attends a different high school or has GED coursework, there is an option for entering an alternative email address; instructions will be sent electronically.

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the transcript is included as part of the application. The transcript is due by March 1.

Continuing Education Application Contents

Part I: About the Applicant
  • Student’s basic contact information
  • Parent/guardian’s basic contact information
  • Parent/guardian’s graduation year, if they are a JCHS alum
  • Type of Continuing Education Student
    • Returning Student: Institution, Field of Study
    • First Time Student: Preferred Institution, Preferred Field of Study
Part II: Academic Achievements
  • Returning Student
    • GPA, Credits Earned
    • List any degrees, internships, or programs related to your field of study
  • First Time Student
    • Describe your high school education
    • Describe any post-high school education
    • Explain any gaps in your education timeline
Part III: Personal Essay
  • What led you to pursue your intended field of study? And, what have you done to prepare yourself for that field of study? (2000 character limit)
Part IV: Activities and Experiences
  • Describe your activities (500 character limit)
  • Describe any hobbies or personal interests (500 character limit)
  • Describe any paid employment (500 character limit)
  • Describe service for your family or community (500 character limit)
Part V: Letters of Recommendation

ETF accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Students are expected to speak with three individuals who agree to write letters of recommendation. In the application, students will submit the names and email addresses of the three people that they have selected. Within 24 hours, ETF’s system will email the confidential recommendation form to the email addresses provided, along with instructions for how to fill out the form.

Recommendations should be completed by non-family members who know the student well enough to recommend them for a scholarship. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with their recommenders, and ensure that the recommendation forms are returned to ETF by March 1.

Part VI: Transcript

ETF requires an unofficial transcript(s) for this application; the transcript is only accepted electronically.

  • Choose what kind of transcript(s) should be considered
  • List the institution(s)

Upon completing the application, instructions for submitting the transcript(s) will be sent electronically. You must reply to the email before March 1. Instructions:

  1. If you have more than one, combine the transcripts into one PDF file.
  2. Name the PDF file YourLastName_YourInstitution.PDF.
  3. Reply to the email and attach your transcript.

Scoring and Selection

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and application content to the extent that funds are available. Neatness, grammar, and spelling are considered. Incomplete applications may be disqualified.

Points are awarded as follows:
  • Academic Achievements, 1-25 points
  • Personal Essay, 1-25 points
  • Activities and Experiences, 1-25 points
  • Recommendations, 1-25 points

All scholarship applications are screened and reviewed by a panel of community volunteers. Please read our Conflict of Interest statement for more information.