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The 2017 HEAR Scholarship application cycle is now over. This year we have received a record number of over 200 applications. The review process is almost complete, and students can expect to hear whether they have progressed to the interview stage by the end of March.

 

We can’t wait to introduce our newest additions to the HEAR Family of Scholars!

The HEAR Scholarship Application Process

A great first step in the application process is to contact your college or guidance counselor who can help you navigate the following steps. Next, visit the application portal and begin the process! It can take several days or weeks to collect all of your work and volunteering information, write your essays, and request information from outside resources, so start early and save your results until you are ready to submit the application.

Application Requirements

In the personal information section, we ask students to tell us who they are and why they qualify for a HEAR Scholarship. We want to hear about your volunteer work and activities, sports or other extracurriculars as well as work experience. We also ask you to complete several sentences and write two essays that tell us more about who you are.

Your financial information helps us assess your need. Please contact us at info@hearfoundation.org if you have any problems obtaining your FAFSA, or if you have unusual family circumstances and are unsure where to turn.

We have a 3.0 minimum standard for student GPA and a minimum of 22 for your ACT/1110 SAT. We also ask for a letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, or another trusted adult from your community. There are information request fields for this on the portal. We urge you to submit these requests as early as possible to give your recommender time to compose a thoughtful, personal letter. Check in often with your recommenders to ensure they have received your request.

The HEAR Scholar isn’t necessarily class valedictorian (though s/he can be!). We look for a good all-around student who is dedicated to his community, has a strong sense of service, and who demonstrates a strong work ethic across the board. Only students of the highest character will be considered.

HEAR announces this year’s HEAR Scholars in early to mid-May.

When you become a HEAR Scholar, you join the HEAR Family and become part of our ongoing mission. HEAR Scholars grow out of their community and give back to it. Ultimately, our vision is to see you become part of HEAR’s future, perhaps as a mentor, an interview committee member, as a volunteer or donor or ultimately as a Board Member!

HEAR Graduate Scholar Carlos Montero at his home campus at UIC

Scholarship Process Timeline.

Listed below are the important dates Scholar applicants should be aware of if they are interested in applying for a HEAR Scholarship:

1st Week October: Annual Application Cycle Opens

End of 2nd week February: Application Deadline

3rd week February: Recommender Deadline

February/March: Evaluation and First-Round Candidate Selection

March 31st: First notices go out

3rd/4th week April: Scholarship Interviews

1st week May: Successful Applicants to the HEAR Scholarship are notified

2nd week May: Scholarship Award Ceremony

More precise dates will be shown in September.

The Pre-Selection Process

Once an application is received by HEAR, it is reviewed to ensure that it is complete. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Completed applications are reviewed by at least three different readers. Ultimately, about one in every four students who has submitted an application is selected to be interviewed.

The Interview Process

Those selected for an interview will be informed of their status approximately four weeks before the first round of interviews and will receive a time slot a week ahead of time. Interviews will take place mid-to-late April, after students have made their college choices and financial aid with the institution has been addressed.

At each interview, candidates will appear before a committee of 9 upstanding community members. Each interview takes about ten minutes. You will be notified within two days of your first round interview whether you were selected for the second round.

What Does It Mean to Be a HEAR Scholar?

If you are selected as a HEAR Scholar, we expect you to sign the HEAR Scholarship Agreement and provide us as soon as possible with your confirmed school of choice, program, and financial aid information. The HEAR Mentoring Chair will connect you with a mentor, who will accompany you through all four years of higher education. We expect you to attend our Mentor-Scholar Events twice a year, in July and December.

Find out more about the mentoring program here.