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Q. How much scholarship money has USAA awarded?
A. Over the past three decades, USAA has awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships.

What is an educational cash grant?
A. An educational cash grant is a monetary award given to winning students in the form of a check. It is the student’s money to use for any educational purpose.

Q. How do students apply for educational cash grants?
A. After the students return the Student Biography Form by mail or online, they are eligable to apply for one of our scholarships online at the following link Student Scholarships.

Q. Is there a scholarship application fee?
A. There is a processing and handling fee of $6.00. If the fee presents a hardship, it will be waived.

Q. Is purchase of the yearbook required in order to be eligible to apply for educational cash grants?
A. No. The student must be nominated by a teacher and must return the Student Biography Form in order to receive the scholarship application.

Q. Who selects the educational cash grant winners?
A. An independent selection committee selects winners. (See our scholarship page.)

Q. What are the criteria for selection of educational cash grant winners?
• grade point average
• scores on act, sat general tests, sat subject tests, ap tests (if applicable)
• honors/awards
• school activities, leadership activities, sports involvement
• special interests, hobbies, community service
Students are encouraged to document their achievements by providing copies of report cards/transcripts, certificates of achievement, recommendation letters from teachers and/or counselors, etc. Volunteer work can be documented also.

Q. Do lower grade level students compete with high school students for educational cash grants?
A. No. A lower grade level student will not be compared to a high school student. Each grade carries its own expectations, and the selection committee merits students on individual achievement based on grade level.

Q. When are Scholarship Applications due?
A. By the end the the calendar year.

How are the educational cash grants disbursed?
A. The cash grant will be sent to each winner in the form of a check. The check will be written to the student and sent to the home address that is written on the scholarship application.

How are the winners of educational grants notified?
A. The winners, and the educators who originally nominated them, will be notified by the mail.