Scholarship Guidelines

Guidelines

Welcome to the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program online application, sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and GE. This program acknowledges and rewards America’s foremost young leaders who demonstrate the leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship exhibited by President Reagan throughout his life. Like President Reagan, candidates use the formative experiences of their youth to lead, serve, and pursue a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities. Each year, roughly 18 Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship that is renewable and may be used over a period of six (6) consecutive years from the initial award date for a total award of $40,000.  Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis and granted at the discretion of the Foundation.

Scholarship America is administering this program.

Who is eligible?

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholar candidates must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be high school seniors attending high school in the United States, or any of the United States territories and commonwealths and graduating in winter 2018 or spring 2019.  Applicants living on a United States Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the United States are eligible.  Home-schooled students who are graduating in winter 2018 or spring 2019 are also eligible.
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.

In addition to those not meeting these criteria, the following individuals and members of their immediate families are ineligible for this award: employees and members of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute; employees of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) who administer the Ronald Reagan Library; members of the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program advisory committee; employees, commercial customers of and suppliers to the General Electric Company; employees of Scholarship America; and employees of any affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and General Electric.

Candidates may learn about the history of the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program at http://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs. Applicants and others are also encouraged to follow the program on Facebook, although participation in Facebook networking and activities is not required to be eligible. Students who attend high school in Ventura County, California, may be eligible for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute Scholars Program, which requires a different application; however, students may not receive an award from both programs.

When is the program open period?

Qualified candidates may apply online starting October 16, 2018 through January 4, 2019 or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first. Candidates must complete the secure online application and all of its components prior to the deadline or before 25,000 applications are submitted. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. If the program reaches 25,000 applications before 3:00 p.m. Central Time on January 4, 2019, it will automatically close.

How do I apply?

Before beginning the application process please read the following guidelines and instructions. Print this information and keep on file for reference of program procedures and important dates.

Only online applications via this website will be accepted. You, the student, are responsible for gathering and submitting all required information. This is a competitive program. Your application is evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all applicable questions as completely as possible. Read and follow the instructions provided for each section of the online application. (Do not submit any documents to GE, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute or Scholarship America before being invited to do so as a semifinalist.) Materials submitted in hard copy prior to the semifinalist stage will not be considered and will be discarded.

Before registering, you may wish to gather the following information needed to submit your application:

  • Parent or alternate contact’s telephone number and email address
  • Most recent transcript of grades
  • Extracurricular and volunteer activities
  • Work experience
  • Short statement of your educational and career objectives
  • Ideas on your leadership experience for the essay
  • Name and email address of your high school guidance counselor
  • Financial information from your parents’ most recently filed tax return

Application

The first step is to register, create an application account and complete your student profile. The email address on file in your student profile must be active and you must check your email regularly. Keep a record of your username and password.

To begin, click on the Create an Account link at the bottom of this page. The link to your application is displayed on the Student Overview page of this site after you complete your profile. Your Student Profile is NOT your application.

Standard capitalization (Jackie Smith, not jackie smith or JACKIE SMITH) must be used when entering data.

During the application process, you will be able to save your entered information and leave the site by clicking on the Log Out button located on each application page.

To log back into your account, you must enter your username and password. Click the Continue Application button to access your application. Your application will remain available for updates until you submit it.

Until all required fields are completed and in the proper format, you will not be able to submit your application. The Review Page will highlight which items still need your attention. Once all application requirements are satisfied, the Lock and Submit button will be available to you near the bottom of the Review page. Carefully review your entire application before clicking on the Lock and Submit button. After the application is successfully submitted, your application can be viewed or printed for your files, but no further updates can be made. Profile information, however, may be updated at any time.

How are recipients selected and notified?

Qualified applicants will be evaluated on their leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, and within the community based on the information provided in the online application. Scholarship America will select 130 semifinalists on a competitive and diverse basis from all eligible applicants. Demonstrated financial need will be considered. Semifinalists will be notified by email on or before February 4, 2019. Applicants not selected as semifinalists also will be notified by email at this time. This is a competitive program. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as semifinalists and not all semifinalists will be selected as recipients.

Semifinalists will be required to submit the following documentation by February 18, 2019.

  • Current complete transcript of high school grades
  • First two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 on which applicant was claimed as a dependent
  • Nomination form and letter of recommendation completed by an eligible community leader, preferably a high school principal, elected official or an executive director of a nonprofit organization

Do not submit any documents to GE, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute or Scholarship America before being invited to do so as a semifinalist. Materials submitted in hard copy prior to the semifinalist stage will not be considered and will be discarded.

Scholarship America will select a diverse group of finalists from the semifinalists who return all required documents by the deadline date.  Semifinalists not selected as finalists will be notified by email with their status in the program.  The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program selection committee will review finalist applications, interview top candidates via Skype or telephone and select up to 18 recipients.

Recipients will be notified by the beginning of May by United States mail with instructions for verifying enrollment. Finalists not selected as recipients will be notified by email at this same time. Scholarship America will send all notifications.

All applicants agree to accept the scholarship decisions as final. No application feedback will be given.

What are the details of the award?

  • Approximately 18 awards of $10,000 each will be granted. Awards will not exceed $10,000.
  • Awards are renewable and may be used over a period of six (6) consecutive years from the initial award date for a total award of $40,000 on the basis of continued enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States with a full-time course load, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and submission of a written personal update. Recipients are strongly encouraged to continue the leadership and service they demonstrated in high school and to stay engaged with the program sponsors.
  • Awards are for undergraduate studies and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, required supplies, and on-campus room and board.

In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or books are normally not taxable. The recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against the scholarship award. Applicants should consult a tax advisor or IRS Publication 970 for more guidance.

How and when are scholarships paid?

  • Scholarship America will disburse payments on behalf of GE and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in two equal installments in early August and mid-December.

Recipient Obligations

  • Recipients must complete and submit a signed Scholarship Acceptance Form before funds can be processed.
  • Recipients are required to notify Scholarship America of any change in address, school enrollment or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.
  • Recipients and a guest will be invited to attend a special awards program in summer 2019.
  • Recipients must enroll as a full-time undergraduate in fall 2019 and continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by the scholarship sponsor.
  • Recipients must notify their school about the award and deliver the scholarship checks to the school in a timely manner.

Terms and Conditions

GE and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute reserve the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Questions? Contact us:

Email: ge-reagan@scholarshipamerica.org

Call: 1-844-402-0354 and ask for the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants should anticipate a response to inquiries within one business day. Personnel at GE and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute cannot address applicant questions.

 

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