Scholarship FAQs

Have a question about scholarship applications, requirements or reporting? Click on the questions below to see the answer.

When can I apply for a scholarship?

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020 scholarship. Please be sure to sign up for our Scholarship eNewsletter for future information about our program.

What are the scholarship deadlines?

The scholarship deadline for the 2020 Community Foundation of Howard County Scholarship Program has been extended and is now April 1, 2020, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Please be sure to sign up for our Scholarship eNewsletter for future information about our program.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The Community Foundation of Howard County Scholarship application form will be available beginning at midnight on February 4, 2020. 


To start a new application, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to https://aim.applyISTS.net/CFHoCo
  2. Login to your existing ISTS Account or create a new account by clicking the “Don’t have an account? Register!” link. Be sure to use an email address that you check regularly; do not use a school email address as these expire after graduation
  3. Once you have successfully logged in, you will be redirected to the Scholarship Eligibility Page. If you are directed to your ISTS Home Page instead of the application, click the Add New Application button, enter the program key CFHoCo, and click apply
  4. Complete all required fields, upload your required documents, request all required supplements and click the “Submit” button to save your information. 
  5. Return to your ISTS Home Page at https://aim.applyISTS.com to monitor your application status.  Your application status must update to Complete to be considered for the scholarship program.

Direct link to apply: https://aim.applyISTS.net/CFHoCo

Program Key: CFHoCo

What if I don’t see the scholarship I want to apply for?

The scholarships available each year vary. First, find out if the scholarship you’re interested in is offered by visiting the scholarships information page. Then, review the Scholarships Guidelines to determine if you meet the Eligibility Criteria. If you have determined that the scholarship is offered AND that you do meet the Eligibility Criteria, but the scholarship is not listed on your “Apply” page, please send us an email.

QUICK LINK:    Available Scholarships

Do I need to provide my high school with a copy of the HCPSS Student Transcript Request form after I’ve uploaded it to the application portal?

For the purposes of completing the application you only need to upload this form to the application system. However, if you need a copy of your transcript and/or report card you will need to submit the HCPSS Student Transcript Request form to your school.  As it relates to the scholarship application, you would only need one printed copy of the documents, which you’ll scan and upload to the system when asked to provide these materials.

You may also want to review the FAQ “What if I only have a paper copy of the materials requested?

What if I only have a paper copy of the materials requested?

All materials need to be submitted via the application portal. Acceptable file types are .pdf, .tif, .png, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps.

Please keep in mind:

We will not accept cell phone pictures of your materials, as they are too hard for the Committee members to read.

Your materials need to be oriented right-side up. We do not have a way to rotate the orientation of the files once they are entered in the system. Our Committee members, on average, read 100 applications per cycle. Uploading materials upright makes it easier to read your application and helps the scholarship process run smoothly.

Do you have an example of how to compose an email to request a letter of recommendation?

SUBJECT: {insert your name} – Request for Letter of Recommendation – {name of scholarship}

BODY: I’m applying for {insert name of scholarship}. This scholarship is available to graduating seniors who {give some information about the scholarship}. The application requires that I include a one-page confidential letter of recommendation and I’m hopeful that you can provide one. Shortly after receiving this email, you will receive a second one that includes a unique link to this one. Please submit the letter of recommendation by March 8.

What notifications will be sent to me?

  • Deadline Reminders: Deadline reminder emails are typically sent two (2) weeks and one (1) week prior to the application deadline.
  • Recommendation Deadline Reminder: You may receive a notification after the application deadline but prior to the recommendation deadline if your recommendation is still incomplete.
  • Selection Results: Selection results notifications are sent to all Complete applicants.
  • Other Scholarships: Occasionally, if you meet the requirements for another scholarship administered by ISTS, you will be notified. These notifications are not guaranteed.

Your information is never sold to any third party for marketing purposes.

Within the application, just below the third-party’s email address, you will see status information, such as the date and time you sent an email and when the materials where uploaded to the system.

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