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Scholarships

Scholarship FAQs

  • General Questions
  • Applying for Scholarships
  • Supporting Documents
  • After Your Application is Submitted

General Questions

Find the answers to your questions about Montclair Scholarship Fund (MSF) scholarships.

What is the source of funding for MSF scholarships?

Individuals (most of whom are Montclair residents, Montclair High School alumni and parents of Montclair High School alumni) and local private foundations are the primary source of funding.

Who can apply for MSF awards?

Graduating Montclair High School seniors.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

No, however, the likelihood of success in college is a factor in awarding scholarships.

How much are MSF awards?

In 2015 and 2016, MSF awards ranged from $250-$10,000; the median award was around $2,000. Award amounts vary from year to year based on donations received and scholarship availability.

For what expenses may the scholarship funds be used?

Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other academic related supplies, as well as for room/board and transportation expenses related to school.

How are MSF Scholarships awarded?

The MSF Scholarship Committee carefully and confidentially reviews each student’s application and supporting materials.  The committee also interviews each applicant during school hours in early May.  After all students who have submitted complete applications are interviewed, the committee deliberates and awards scholarships considering the student’s high school record, interests and aptitudes, donor criteria (if applicable) and financial need.  Montclair High School graduates many talented students. Unfortunately, every year there are more students who would benefit from an MSF scholarship than there are available funds.  This is why individual donations are so important and appreciated! DONATE

Applying for Scholarships

Find the answers to your questions about the application process.

How do I apply?

Apply here (Note, link is active only during the online application period) or you may go to the Scholarships page under the “College & Career Planning” tab on the Montclair High School Guidance website. There you will also find the application as well as instructions for completing and submitting it.

Do I need to apply for a particular scholarship?

No. Complete the one MSF online application and you will be considered for scholarships that match your interests, aptitudes, traits and high school record.

Do I need to complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit my FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR) to MSF to be eligible for a scholarship?

Yes.

Is there a fee to apply?

No.  Scholarship applications should never require a fee.

Does MSF accept paper applications?

No.  Applicants must submit scholarship applications using the online application.

When can I apply?

The application is available online from early February until mid-March, and you may apply anytime until the deadline for the current year. (See link above.) 

Can I still apply after the deadline?

No.  After the deadline has passed, the application will close and will no longer be available for the current academic year.

After I submit my application online, what do I do next?

Enclose your FAFSA/SAR form in a sealed envelope labeled “Montclair Scholarship Fund” and deposit it in the Montclair Scholarship Fund mailbox in the main office of the high school. The Guidance Department will provide your transcript and guidance recommendation to MSF and will schedule your interview with the MSF Scholarship Committee (May). You are required to bring a copy of the Financial Aid Award letter that you will receive from the college or university you will be attending to the interview.  

FAQs Supporting Documents

Find the answers to your questions about required documents.

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the U.S. to determine eligibility for student financial aid (including Pell grants, work-study programs, and loans). The U.S. Department of Education begins accepting the applications  for the upcoming academic year on October 1st (Note, this is a recent change from January 1 opening date.)  For more information regarding FAFSA, please see  www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Please note that you can apply for financial aid before you file your income tax return. Corrections to your FAFSA application can always be submitted after you and/or your parents have filed a tax return.

What is a Student Aid Report (SAR) and why do I need to submit one?

The Student Aid Report (SAR) is produced by the U.S. Department of Education based on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. The SAR contains information the student and their family provided on the FAFSA as well as the federally-calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of student federal aid you will receive. Your EFC is a number used by your college/university to calculate the amount of student aid you are eligible to receive. MSF uses the EFC calculated on the SAR to determine student financial need. 

Where do I deliver my FAFSA and SAR forms?

Please enclose your FAFSA and SAR forms in a sealed envelope labeled “Montclair Scholarship Fund” and deposit it in the Montclair Scholarship Fund mailbox in the main office in the high school.

After You Apply

Below are the answers to common questions regarding what happens after you apply.

When will I know if I am selected to receive an award?

A few weeks before the Montclair High School Annual Awards Night ceremony in June the Montclair High School principal’s secretary, Maryann Wasko, will invite you to attend the ceremony. At the ceremony you will learn the name and amount of the scholarship that you have been awarded.

Will I be notified if I do not receive an award?

No, only students who are receiving an award will be contacted.

Are scholarships renewable?

No, however, the notification letter you receive at the Awards Night ceremony will indicate whether you are receiving a one-time payment or a multi-year scholarship.

If I am selected for a scholarship, when should I expect my disbursement?

Scholarship awards are contingent upon proof of full-time enrollment. Verification of full-time enrollment must be submitted at the start of your fall college term. If your school/university does not fill out third party verifications (aka the MSF verification form), you can request an official document from your school’s registrar office. You may scan your enrollment verification form and email it to treasurer [at] montclairscholarshipfund.org, fax it to (973)509-9005, Attn: MSF Treasurer, or mail it to MSF Treasurer, c/o 223 Lorraine Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043.

How are scholarships disbursed?

Awards in amounts less than $600 are paid directly to the student with the written understanding that the funds may only be used for permitted college expenses. MSF forwards payments of scholarships of $600 or more directly to the student’s college/university.