Scholarship volunteers work in one of FEEA's 27 regions to evaluate scholarship applications and select winners on an annual basis. Most scholarship committees meet just once or twice during the summer months, usually for a few hours at a time, though some set aside a full day to get all the work done at once.
Here are some things you should know if you are considering becoming a Scholarship Volunteer:
- Scholarship volunteers need to be comfortable reading essays and evaluating grammar and composition, along with how well the submission answers the question.
- Committees use special scoring sheets to help evaluate the entire application and ensure each student is being judged on the same factors. Volunteers MUST use the scoring sheets provided by the Regional Chairperson.
- Depending upon the overall number of applicants in your region and the number of volunteers, the workload can vary quite a bit from region to region. Some volunteers may be expected to read and evaluate all the applications submitted in their region while others may only be assigned a portion of the total. If you have concerns, please be sure to talk with your Regional Chairperson prior to volunteering.
- Information about committee members will NEVER be shared with applicants by FEEA. Your evaluation remains confidential throughout the process.
- Some regions hold award ceremonies to present the first check to winners. Committee members are generally invited to attend these events; attendance is optional.