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Scholarship FAQs

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  1. Q. Who is eligible for FEEA's scholarship program?
  2. Q. I'm an active duty military employee. Can my family members apply?
  3. Q. I recently retired after many years of civilian service. Can my family members apply?
  4. Q. I'm a state government employee. Can my family members apply?
  5. Q. How does FEEA define "civilian federal employee"?
  6. Q. If I will have three years of service on September 1, am I eligible to apply?
  7. Q. I'm concerned about the privacy of my employment information -- what information on the SF-50 does FEEA use?
  8. Q. My GPA is 2.9. Am I eligible to apply?
  9. Q. Why does FEEA require an unweighted GPA?  How do I calculate that?
  10. Q. How do I apply for the FEEA-NTEU scholarship?
  11. Q. I just realized I forgot to include something with my application. May I send it now?
  12. Q. I don't have three years of civilian service yet, but I did serve in the military prior to becoming a civilian fed. Does my military time count toward the three years of service requirement?
  13. Q. I was a civilian fed a number of years ago and recently rejoined the federal government. If my total number of years as a fed is three or more, am I eligible?
  14. Q. Do I really have to include all the items listed on the application? Even the community service list?
  15. Q. I won't be returning to my studies until January of next year, may I apply now?
  16. Q. I will be completing my studies in May of this year. Am I eligible to apply?
  17. Q. My transcript is being sent by my school and I think my Fall grades will be on it.  Do I still have to send a copy of my report card?

Q. Who is eligible for FEEA's scholarship program?

A. FEEA’s scholarship program is an annual, merit-based competition open to civilian federal and postal employees, their spouses and dependents. Eligible students must be in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university. Scholarships are not available for private primary or secondary school studies or other programs.   (Return to top)

Q. I'm an active duty military employee. Can my family members apply?

A. FEEA scholarships are available only to civilian federal and postal employees and their families. The military relief organization for your branch of service (AER, NMCRS, etc.) may be able to make suggestions. Military members and children are eligible for FEEA scholarships if they are sponsored by a civilian federal employee spouse/parent.   (Return to top)

Q. I recently retired after many years of civilian service. Can my family members apply?

A. FEEA scholarships are available only to active civilian federal and postal employees and their families. Children and grandchildren of retired federal employees who are members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) may be eligible for NARFE’s scholarship program. For more information, contact NARFE directly.   (Return to top)

Q. I'm a state government employee. Can my family members apply?

A. FEEA provides scholarships only to employees of the U.S. federal government and their dependents. Employees of state, county and municipal governments are not eligible for FEEA scholarships unless sponsored by a civilian federal employee spouse.   (Return to top)

Q. How does FEEA define "civilian federal employee"?

A. For the purposes of FEEA's programs, a civilian federal employee is one who is employed directly by the U.S. federal government (i.e., not a contractor) and receives federal benefits (e.g., FEHBP, TSP, CSRS or FERS, or Annual Leave). This includes employees of the Commissioned Corps (e.g., Surgeons General, Public Health Service). If you are a current civilian federal employee who meets these criteria, as well as the three-year service requirement, you are eligible for FEEA's scholarship program.   (Return to top)

Q. If I will have three years of service on September 1, am I eligible to apply?

A. No. Our cut-off date for service computation is August 31 of the year in which you are applying. There are no exceptions to this requirement.  (Return to top)

Q. I'm concerned about the privacy of my employment information -- what information on the SF-50 does FEEA use?

A. We need to be able to see the employee's name, duty station and service computation date.  All other information my be blocked out if the employee desires.  FEEA maintains the applications of winners in a secure manner and shreds all other applications at the conclusion of each scholarship year.   (Return to top)

Q. My GPA is 2.9. Am I eligible to apply?

A. No. FEEA does not round up on GPA. You must have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to be eligible to apply.   (Return to top)

Q.   Why does FEEA require an unweighted GPA?  How do I calculate that?

A.  FEEA requires an unweighted GPA because the students applying for our scholarships are from all across the country (and even around the world!), attending schools with different grading systems.  Some use pluses and minuses, while others don’t; some give extra “points” for certain classes (also known as weighting), others don’t; some schools use a letter-grade, while others use numerical scores; etc.  In order for our committees to fairly judge all students, we equalize the different scales by using an unweighted GPA.

To calculate your own unweighted GPA, look at your transcript (or transcripts) and do the following:

Give yourself 4 points for every            A            (or scores from 90 – 100+)

Give yourself 3 points for every            B            (or scores from 80 – 89)

Give yourself 2 points for every            C            (or scores from 70 – 79)

Give yourself 1 point for every              D            (or scores from 60 – 69)

Give yourself 0 points for every            F            (or scores below 60)

(no additional points are awarded for pluses or minuses)
 

Add up your points and divided by the total number of classes shown on your transcripts.  The result is your unweighted GPA.   (Return to top)

Q. How do I apply for the FEEA-NTEU scholarship?

A. Eligible students who complete FEEA's regular scholarship application are automatically eligible for the new FEEA-NTEU scholarships. More information about these scholarships is available here>   (Return to top)

Q. I just realized I forgot to include something with my application. May I send it now?

A. All required materials must be submitted in one application package, with the exception of transcripts. All materials, including transcripts, must be postmarked before the submission deadline or the application will be considered incomplete. A student who discovers s/he has omitted a required element may submit it separately (prior to the submission deadline); however, FEEA cannot guarantee we will be able to match the late information with the previously submitted application. To avoid the possibility of being disqualified for an incomplete application, students should carefully check their applications before mailing them.   (Return to top)

Q. I don't have three years of civilian service yet, but I did serve in the military prior to becoming a civilian fed. Does my military time count toward the three years of service requirement?

A. FEEA looks at the service computation date (the date from which your benefits are calculated) on your Standard Form 50 (SF-50) to determine years of service. If your military time is included in your service computation date, you may be eligible. The SF-50 must show a service computation date of August 31, 2007, or earlier in order to be eligible for the 2010-11 contest.   (Return to top)

Q. I was a civilian fed a number of years ago and recently rejoined the federal government. If my total number of years as a fed is three or more, am I eligible?

A. Your three years of service is determined by the service computation date (the date from which your benefits are calculated) on your Standard Form 50 (SF-50). The SF-50 must show a service computation date of August 31, 2007, or earlier in order to be eligible for the 2010-11 contest.   (Return to top)

Q. Do I really have to include all the items listed on the application? Even the community service list?

A. Yes, applicants really must include all items listed on the application. Failure to include any required item will disqualify you. To avoid disqualification due to an incomplete application, students should carefully check their applications before mailing them.   (Return to top)

Q. I won't be returning to my studies until January of next year, may I apply now?

A. No.  Awards are made for the academic year -- Fall/Spring.  Students must be enrolled for the fall semester of the year in which they apply in order to accept an award.   (Return to top)

Q. I will be completing my studies in May of this year. Am I eligible to apply?

A. No. FEEA makes its awards on an academic year basis, meaning fall semester-spring semester. A student graduating in the spring of a particular year would need to apply during the January - March application period in the year before graduation in order to be awarded a scholarship that would include the spring semester in which s/he graduates.   (Return to top)

Q. My transcript is being sent by my school and I think my Fall grades will be on it.  Do I still have to send a copy of my report card?

A.  Yes.  Missing Fall grades are one of the most common reasons applications are considered incomplete, so all currently enrolled students MUST now submit a copy of their Fall report cards with the application.  (Return to top)

 
 

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