What is the purpose of the profile on the Dollars for Scholars website?

The profile is a master scholarship application that you can submit for national scholarships and our local Independence Area Dollars for Scholars scholarships. Our website also allows you to opt-in and match your profile data with 1.5 million scholarship listings from Fastweb, a free online scholarship matching service. Scholarship matches will be posted on your "My Scholarships" page and you will then be able to submit your profile as an application for those scholarships. Your profile will also serve as a central place to store all your information where it will be easily accessed when needed for completing paper scholarship applicaitons.

Why can't I use my school email address for my profile?

Your school email address will no longer be valid after you have graduated. If you started your profile with your school email address, just edit your email address on your profile. We need a permanent email address to contact you after graduation.

Does my profile need to be complete or show 100% on the progress bar
before I can match to national scholarships?

Your progress bar will show 100% completion when all single starred (*) and double starred (**) items are complete. The information contained in your profile allows the website to match you to Fastweb scholarships. To increase changes of a match, your profile should be as complete as possible.

What national scholarships will be available on this website?

The information in your profile determines which scholarships you will be matched to. To increase your possible matches, your profile should be as complete as possible.

How do I match to scholarships and submit my profile?

Click in the "My Scholarships" section of your Profile Dashboard to see which scholarships you match to. This page manages your scholarship applications by listing possible scholarship matches, allows you to submit your profile for those scholarships and keeps a log of scholarship applications submitted.

My profile includes financial information, what kind of controls are in place to protect my privacy?

Only the parent providing the information has access to the details. Your profile will show an "Estimated Family Contribution" amount, similar to a FAFSA calculation. Your financial details will not be visible to scholarship sponors or local Dollars for Scholars Board members.

Do I have to complete all the sections of the profile if I only wish to apply for a local Independence Area Dollars for Scholars scholarship?

To take advantage of all possible scholarship opportunities, we highly recommend that you complete the entire profile. For local scholarships, the information on the profile is used to generate the points used in scoring the applications. Completing all the sections of the profile increases your chance of scoring maximum points.