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Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarship Program

 

Who is eligible to apply?

When is the application deadline?

What is the Program timeline?

When is the recommendation deadline?

Should I submit all of my information before I request a recommendation?

What are the selection criteria?

What are the details of the award?

Is this scholarship renewable?

Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

How do I change my college choice?

How do I know if my application is complete?

I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application. Do I need to submit it again?

How do I upload more than one file at a time?

How do I create a .zip file?

What is the difference between Official and Unofficial Transcripts?

What are the DOs and DON’Ts of uploading documents to my application?

Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

How and when will I receive notification?

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

How and when are checks issued?

Are scholarships taxable?

Who administers this program?

My parent’s employment makes me eligible for this scholarship. Whose contact information should I include?

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

 College Scholarship

  • Must be a child, grandchild or stepchild of a bona fide, verifiable professional pet groomer.
  • Must be a current high school senior, college freshman, sophomore or junior.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.

Grooming School Scholarship 

  • Open to any applicant wishing to pursue a career in professional pet grooming.
  • Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age, have a genuine concern and affection for animals, and possess a high school Diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • The winner must plan to attend one of the pre-approved pet grooming schools participating in the GroomTeam USA, Inc. ® Scholarship Program
  • Applicants must understand that pet grooming is a physically demanding career. They must have no handicaps, physical or otherwise, that could prevent use of knowledge or skills gained from the training or successful job performance after completion of the training or in any way jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of the pets in their charge.

When is the application deadline?

June 15, 2017

What is the Program timeline?

  • Application Opens: January 19, 2017
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • Scholarship Recipients Notified: June 26, 2017
  • Scholarship Checks Issued: August 1, 2017

When is the recommendation deadline?

June 15, 2017

Should I submit all of my information before I request a recommendation?

No.  You should request a recommendation as early as possible to insure there is sufficient time for the recommendation to be submitted by the deadline.

What are the selection criteria?

An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:

College Scholarship:
  • Financial need
  • Community involvement
  • Essay content
  • Academic achievements and records
  • Letter of reference
Grooming Scholarship:
  • Financial need
  • Community involvement
  • Essay content
  • Letter of reference
  • Personal, professional, volunteer and/or business experience (if any)
  • Academic achievements and records

Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.

What are the details of the award?

College Scholarship:
  • One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded.
  • Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load.
  • Institutions must be accredited, nonprofit two or four-year colleges/universities in the United States.
  • A student may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.
Grooming School Scholarship:
  • This award is open to any applicant wishing to pursue a career in professional pet grooming.
  • Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age, have a genuine concern and affection for animals, and possess a high school Diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must understand that pet grooming is a physically demanding career. They must have no handicaps, physical or otherwise, that could prevent use of knowledge or skills gained from the training or successful job performance after completion of the training or in any way jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of the pets in their charge.
  • One non-renewable scholarship will be awarded each year.
  • The winner must plan to attend one of the pre-approved pet grooming schools participating in the GroomTeam USA, Inc. ® Scholarship Program.
  • GroomTeam USA, Inc. ® will subsidize the cost of the recipients standard grooming equipment package up to a maximum of $1,000.00. The recipient is responsible for the cost of any additional equipment, other than the standard package, or any cost over the $1,000 allowed.
  • In evaluating the applicants, an independent selection committee will consider the applicants’ financial need, community involvement, volunteer and/or business experience, essay, and letter of reference. Five finalists will be selected and their information will be presented to the GroomTeam USA, Inc. ® Board of Directors. The identities of the finalists shall be hidden and the Board of Directors shall select the final winner.

Is this scholarship renewable?

No; however, students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

You should list your first choice on the application.

How do I change my college choice?

You may update your final school choice on the My Profile page at https://aim.applyISTS.net. If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make sure your college is updated at least 30 days prior to the check issue date stated in the award notification so your check can be issued accordingly. This will not update any application or acceptance forms; however, all awards are issued based on the My Profile page.

How do I know if my application is complete?

Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update. You may monitor your status of your application on your home page at https://aim.applyISTS.net.

  • Not Started: the form has not been requested or started.
  • Started: the form has not been submitted and will not be considered.
  • Submitted: the form has been submitted, but is not Complete.
  • Complete: all required forms and attachments (if applicable) have been received and your application will be considered for the scholarship.

You may also monitor the status of your attachments and recommendations (if applicable).

  • Not received: the attachment has either not been received or has been rejected.
  • Requested: the form request has been created, but the form has not been started.
  • Processing: the attachment has been received and is being reviewed.
  • Accepted: the attachment has been verified and accepted by ISTS.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirements to make sure the application is complete. The status Complete will display on the home page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.

I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application. Do I need to submit it again?

Previously uploaded documents that are no longer displayed with a status on the home page have been rejected. The most common reasons for a rejected document are as follows:

  • The document uploaded is not one of the accepted file types: .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps.
  • The document uploaded was not the document requested.
  • Not all pages of the document were contained in the file.
  • We cannot open the file. The file may be corrupted or password protected.

Refer to the upload section of your application for the details of the required documents and upload a new file that meets the criteria stated.

How do I upload more than one file at a time?

You may create a .zip file containing more than one file as long as everything included is in an acceptable format (i.e. .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps.)

How do I create a .zip file?

To use this format, follow the steps outlined below:

  • Create a new folder on your Desktop, name it the document type you will be uploading. For example, Test Scores, Transcript, or Financial Documentation.
  • Move all the pages you wish to upload into the new folder.
  • Right click on the document from your Desktop:
    • PC Users: select “Send to,” followed by “Compressed (zipped) folder.”
    • Mac Users: select “Compress ‘[folder name]’.”
  • Your new .zip file will be located on your Desktop, ready to upload.

What is the difference between Official and Unofficial Transcripts?

Official transcripts must be obtained through your high school administration office, or your college registrar office.  These transcripts are normally printed on official letterhead and/or state that they are official.  These may contain a signature.

Note:  Your official transcript may come to you in a sealed envelope, stating it will become unofficial if opened.  When scanning or copying your official transcripts, a watermark may appear noting they are now unofficial.  Despite any watermarks or sealed envelopes, you may open the envelope if needed to upload the document.  These documents will still be considered official for our purposes.  When scanning or copying, you do not need to include a copy of the sealed envelope.

Unofficial transcripts may be accessed through your school’s online student portal.  These pages must still be converted to one of the acceptable file formats.  There are free tools available that will allow you to save various documents (including web pages) as a PDF.  Unofficial transcripts must contain your name and the school name and contact information.

What are the DOs and DON’Ts of uploading documents to my application?

DO:
  • Upload in the correct file format.
  • Only upload the requested documents.
  • Black out any Social Security numbers on the documents you are uploading. This is not required, but advised.
  • Return to your Home page at https://aim.applyISTS.net to verify your documents have been accepted.
DON’T:
  • Upload a Microsoft Worddocument (.doc, .docx).
  • Upload more than the requested documentation.
  • Assume your documents are correct and accepted once you have uploaded them.
  • Upload a document stating you are mailing your documents.
  • Assume the required document does not pertain to you. If the application states the document is required, your application will remain incomplete if you do not provide that document.
  • Password protect your uploaded documents. Password protected documents will be rejected.

Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline. If you do not follow the upload instructions exactly, your application may not be considered. Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and are uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time.

How and when will I receive notification?

  • Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email by the end of June. For recipients, an Acceptance link will be displayed on the home page following the notification.
  • Add donotreply@applyISTS.com and contactus@applyISTS.com to your email address book or “safe senders list” to ensure these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.
  • Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from donotreply@applyISTS.com or contactus@applyISTS.com. You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications.

Note:  Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third parties. 

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as the grooming school scholarship recipient?

  • The recipient must communicate with the scholarship chairperson, coordinate which pre-approved participating school they wish to attend and file any appropriate applications directly with the school.
  • The recipient will have one year from the time of the closing of applications to begin their schooling at their choice of one of the pre-approved participating schools.
  • The student will be responsible for all room, board, transportation and other personal necessities.
  • The student agrees to abide by all rules and regulations set forth by the school and understands that they are subject to any and all disciplinary actions and/or expulsion as outlined by the school policy.
  • GroomTeam USA, Inc. ® will pay (directly to the school) up to $1000 toward the standard took kit supplied by the selected participating school. The student will be responsible for the balance, if any, as well as any additional, non-standard equipment.

How and when are checks issued?

Checks will be issued in early August to each recipient’s mailing address and made payable to the institution on the profile page.             

Are scholarships taxable?

Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also click here to consult IRS Publication 970 for further information.

Program Administration

To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.

My parent’s employment makes me eligible for this scholarship. Whose contact information should I include?

You, the applicant, must register with a personal email address. Do not use a parent’s work email address. Your My Profile page should reflect your legal name and contact information. If your parent’s information is needed, it will be specifically asked for on the application.

Questions

For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here or call toll free (855) 670-ISTS (4787).  Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central.