PRI Financial Assistance Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the opening of the PRI Financial Assistance Scholarship. The purpose of this scholarship is to support College Initiative (CI) students experiencing a financial hardship to pursue an academic goal or remove a barrier to higher education enrollment. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be a CI student engaged in the pursuit of higher education. See below to download the application and for more information.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the College Initiative Financial Assistance Scholarship?

It is a scholarship for College Initiative students who are experiencing financial hardship and are in need of financial assistance to help achieve an academic goal, or overcome barriers to higher education achievement. Funds are available through gifts from individual donors interested in supporting CI community members. In order to maximize their investment, PRI will have to make difficult decisions in how the limited funds are used. It is also important for the scholarship to be sustainable that scholarship recipients provide feedback on the difference the funds made.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be an active member of the College Initiative community. This means that you must be currently working with an Academic Counselor at PRI and actively engaged in pursuing a college education.     

What are examples of reasons I might apply for the Financial Assistance Scholarship?

You can apply to cover the cost of books and other educational costs. You can apply to cover the cost of transportation to and from school for a specific period of time. Or, you can apply for a scholarship to pay a debt owed to a previous academic institution or to cover a gap in tuition—PRI cannot guarantee that these debts can be covered. A student can also request a scholarship to pay for an outstanding gas or electric bill. While a gas or electric service is not directly related to school, PRI recognizes that a student cannot study or pursue an academic goal if their apartment has no light, or the student has no ability to use their stove or oven to prepare food. Your Academic Counselor can help talk through the reasons for requesting financial assistance if you have questions. Note that scholarships are one-time payments. 

How can I apply for a scholarship?

Applications can be found in the College Initiative or at PRI’s website (www.johnjaypri.org). Your completed “College Initiative Financial Assistance Scholarship application” should be returned to the College Initiative Program Associate in the College Initiative office located in the BMW building Suite 609b. Make sure to answer all questions in the application. Partially completed applications will not be considered. 

How much can I apply for?

While there is no specific limit on the amount that can be requested, PRI’s goal is to serve as many community members as possible. Please be thoughtful in your application describing exactly how the funds will be used and how the funds will help the recipient achieve their academic goal. Scholarship amounts are based on available funds. In some cases, students may receive partial funding for their request. 

Who decides if my scholarship is granted?

A committee of PRI staff will review all incoming scholarship applications. This team includes the Director of College Access and the Executive Director and operations staff. Decisions will be made based on the availability of funds and the ability of the applicant to describe how the funds will support them in achieving an academic goals or removing a barrier to academic success. 

When can I apply for the Scholarship?

The Scholarship Review Committee reviews applications six times a year, as outlined by the chart below. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but if you have a timely need, please be mindful of the application deadlines for each review period. Applications received after the due dates below will be reviewed during the next application review cycle. For example, an application received after the November due date will be reviewed in January. When you submit an application, someone from our team will reach out to you to let you know when your application will be reviewed. 

Application Review Months Application Due Date Committee Decision Date
*November 2019 11/22/2019 12/13/2019
January 2020 1/13/2020 1/24/2020
March 2020 3/9/2020 3/27/2020
*May 2020 5/11/2020 5/22/2020
July 2020 7/13/2020 7/24/2020
September 2020 9/14/2020 9/25/2020
*November 2020 11/9/2020 11/20/2020

*Apply during these months to receive book funds for start of fall and spring semesters

How will I know if my application has been approved?

Someone from the Scholarship Review Committee will reach out to you via email or phone to let you know the status of your application, within one week of the Committee’s decision date. If your application is not approved, we will provide you with a reason, and help to refer you to another source that may be able to assist you.

If I have been approved for a scholarship how will I receive the funds?

When your scholarship has been approved, a member of the review committee will reach out within one week of the decision date (see chart above) to let you know. Depending on the situation, funds may be disbursed directly to the entity owed money (a college or utility company, for instance), or alternatively, a check will be sent directly to the scholarship recipient. Note that checks generally take 4-6 weeks to be issued. 

Can I apply more than once?

Yes. You can receive up to two scholarships per year from PRI. If you have already received two scholarships in a calendar year, your application will not be considered again during that calendar year.

Whom should I talk to if I have questions about my application?

If you have any questions about your application please ask your Academic Counselor or Case Manager.