Scholarship applications due soon


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Elisabeth Farrell, Staff Writer

The scholarship deadline for the 2022-2023 IVCC school year is fast approaching– have you written your essay yet? If not, it’s time to start thinking since the deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 10.

The scholarship application, which can yield awards from $500 to $2,500, includes an online fillable form and an essay submission. Last year, more than 275 scholarships were awarded.

Donna Swiskoski, administrative assistant for the college’s Foundation Board, says the writing portion is “the heart of” your application. She urges students to take their time developing a well organized and structured essay to ensure themselves the best score possible. An essay’s score is judged on the following areas: content– that is, how well you address the key areas explained below– as well as quality and grammar.

The content of your essay should focus on three topics. Committee judges will assess you based on your career and educational goals, volunteer work and community service, and the circumstances surrounding your need for financial aid. Your essay must also follow the guidelines found on the IVCC website (

Instead of a traditional format, such as MLA or APA, the board requires students to adhere to their specific style. Doublecheck to be sure your paper is correct, Swiskoski said.

In order to be eligible for the process, students must have an application to IVCC on file. They must also submit the 2022-23 FAFSA or the alternative application. In addition, scholarships are (in most cases) only awarded to those who plan to enroll as a full-time student.

For some scholarships, a minimum GPA of 2.25 is required to partake, but keep in mind criteria vary from one scholarship to another. And while graduating high school seniors must upload a transcript, this step isn’t necessary for current IVCC students.

Students can get assistance with the scholarship essay. For example, Foundation Assistant Janice Corrigan says, you can utilize “workshops, or take advantage of your instructor.” The Writing Center also is available for support.

Online scholarship applications are due by 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Brainstorm, scroll through the IV webpage, and pull up a computer before it’s too late.