Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and the accompanying answers below. If you have additional questions, please email [email protected]
What if I am not planning to go to graduate or professional school?
O∆K Foundation Scholarships are designed primarily as tuition support of graduate or professional education. If you do not intend to go to graduate or professional school, it is recommended that you do not apply for a scholarship. Certifications and licensing programs do not qualify as professional school.
What if I am not currently in school?
If you are not currently enrolled in school, you can still apply for a scholarship. If initiated as an undergraduate student, applicants may apply for a foundation scholarship up to five years from graduation date. If initiated as a graduate student, applicants may apply for a foundation scholarship up to five years from the date of initiation.
The instructions mention written statements. What are the two written statements?
Each written statement is limited to 500 words maximum response.
- Provide a personal statement explaining your academic interests, your personal story, and your career aspirations. Please describe how this award will assist you in these interests and aspirations. You may use the personal statement you have written for graduate school applications, or a portion of it to stay within the word limit.
- Describe the most significant ways you have been active in your circle, on campus, and if you are in graduate/professional school now, in your professional field. Concentrate on those activities which most describe important leadership roles or events. Please link your activities and leadership positions to the five phases of campus life recognized by O∆K: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and mass media; creative and performing arts.
What if I am not a traditional student (example: online or adult student)? Do I need to complete a different application?
No. Non-traditional students should use the standard application and highlight all leadership activities both on campus and in the community. As a member of O∆K, your circle of initiation saw leadership characteristics in you, and we recommend including that information in your application.
Do I need to submit letters of recommendation by a certain date?
Yes. Each applicant is required to submit two letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation are considered material that is due on or before April 1. Please be sure that your recommenders know that their deadline for submittal is the same one that you have. Letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The link to submit a letter of recommendation is: http://odk.org/get-involved/scholarships/scholarship-recommendation/
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
At least one of the recommendations should be from a faculty member or academic from your educational program. The other recommendation can come from anyone else that you feel will represent you well.
When will I know if I have been selected to receive a scholarship?
The O∆K Foundation Scholarship Committee will review applications beginning in the middle of April. Recipients will be notified by July 1.
If I am selected to receive a scholarship, when should I expect payment?
The O∆K Foundation will provide scholarship award payments directly to the institution where the student is enrolled beginning in July. The O∆K Foundation requires the following items before payment will be made: application acceptance, professional headshot, short summary biographical statement, proof of enrollment, the name of the institution where the student is (or will be) enrolled and student identification number, thank you note addressed to the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees.
If I am not currently enrolled in graduate or professional school, may I defer the scholarship?
Yes. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program may defer the award for up to three years. For example: if awarded a scholarship in June 2019, the recipient may defer through Summer 2022; the scholarship must be used by Fall 2022.
If I am not selected for a scholarship, may I apply again next year?
Yes. If initiated as an undergraduate student, applicants may apply for a foundation scholarship up to five years from graduation date. If initiated as a graduate student, applicants may apply for a foundation scholarship up to five years from the date of initiation.
If I have received a scholarship, may I apply again?
Yes. Previous scholarship recipients can apply for additional scholarship funding. Preference is given to applicants who continue to be active with O∆K circles.
I was nominated as my circle leader of the year and would like to apply for the National Leader of the Year Award. May I apply for a Foundation Scholarship at the same time?
No. The Leader of the Year application process is completely different from a Foundation Scholarship. To apply for the National Leader of the Year Award, you must have been nominated by your circle as the circle leader of the year. Please direct any questions to [email protected]