What Is GSA?
The Greenwich Scholarship Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that awards need-based scholarships from local sponsor organizations and families to students who reside in Greenwich or attend Greenwich High School and have a demonstrated financial need. GSA matches qualifying students with scholarships based on criteria set forth by each sponsor (e.g., extracurricular involvement, GPA, intended major, etc.). After your GSA interview in May, you may be chosen to receive a particular award at which point you will be notified.
What does ‘need-based scholarship’ mean?
Need-based scholarships are awarded only to candidates who have a demonstrated financial need. A financial need means that a student’s family’s financial resources (including income and savings) combined with their financial aid package from their chosen school will not cover their cost of college. Applicants who do not meet the financial need criteria will be notified in early April. Applicants that do qualify will be considered for a scholarship. GSA scholarships are for tuition, room & board and mandatory fees. Other uses of scholarship funds may incur tax liabilities to the student.
How can I apply?
Please note this is a two part application and both parts must be submitted in a timely manner to be considered for a scholarship. The first part is the GSA application which is online at www.greenwichscholarship.org. The application is submitted electronically and you can save your work, so it need not be completed all at once. Part two requires applicants to submit their Student Aid Report (SAR) which is generated when the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is completed (all students must file a FAFSA as part of the request for aid from schools).
The SAR can be electronically submitted with the application, faxed to 203-661-1283 (dedicated machine, no cover needed) or mailed to Greenwich Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 4627, Greenwich, CT 06831. Applicants should allow at least 5 days for receipt of their SAR after filing the FAFSA. The GSA deadline is March 11, 2017 and late applications CANNOT be accepted. All financial information will be kept confidential and is for eligibility purposes only.
How do GSA and its sponsors award their college scholarships?
Funds are reserved for those students who, after consideration of their college financial aid package and their family’s ability to contribute to the cost of college, still demonstrate an unmet financial need. In addition, many of our sponsors are looking for certain qualities in addition to financial need (e.g., involvement in a particular activity, interest in a certain field of study, or academic excellence). Together, these factors will determine which award(s) you will receive.
How much scholarship money can I expect to receive?
In a typical year, there are 120-125 students who receive scholarships through GSA. Most recipients receive awards in the $1000 – $2,500 range. However, the amount of money awarded varies from year to year, as do the number of students who qualify for the GSA scholarship process. Please understand that it is impossible to meet every student’s full financial need, particularly as the cost of college continues to rise. Additionally, please note that all scholarships are applied to the first year of college and, with limited exception, are not renewable.
What happens if I change my college after I receive my awards from GSA?
Scholarships will need to be re-evaluated if you switch schools after Scholarship Night. It is therefore extremely important that you communicate any changes in your college choice or financial aid package to GSA as soon as possible. In most cases, awards are easily transferred to your new school BUT it is important that you keep us updated on your decisions.
When is Scholarship Night? Do I have to attend?
Yes! Scholarship Night is Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School. (Students should check-in at 6:30 pm). ATTENDANCE AT SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT IS MANDATORY. Failure to attend Scholarship Night will result in the loss of your award(s). Your money will be awarded to other candidates! You will receive an e-mail reminding you of this event and you MUST RSVP. Should you become unable to attend because of an illness or approved school-related conflict, you must arrange with GSA before Scholarship Night how your awards may be received.
When will scholarship money arrive at my school?
Checks are sent by GSA in the first 2 weeks of July. If your awards are not reflected in your bursar’s account by the end of July, please contact GSA.