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Applying for a CFFRV Scholarship Amid COVID-19


With all the changes COVID has created for the school year, applying for a CFFRV scholarship is still a fantastic step toward reaching your academic goals – 54.8 percent of students who applied to the CFFRV Scholarship Program for a 2020-2021 scholarship received an award.

If you know a college-bound student, we encourage you to share these helpful application tips just for them.

  • Start early! Once you begin the application, be sure to take note of the items you’ll need to enter or attach. This will include your most recent grade transcripts, ACT/SAT Composite Score(s), and more.
  • Think (now!) about whom you would request a recommendation. You will need to enter their email address into the application, which will auto-generate an email recommendation request.
  • Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. Experts recommend filing a FAFSA as early as possible once it becomes available on October 1, 2020, as some programs have limited funding and therefore award on a first-come, first-served basis. The Federal Student Aid website is a great resource should you have questions.
  • Look into your school’s plan for standardized testing. Large assessments like the ACT and SAT will likely look different because of COVID. While optional, including this information on your application is encouraged.
  • “Pad” your submission time. As this year’s influx of Zoom meetings and online-only connections have taught us, faulty Wi-Fi can be a make-or-break. Do your best to finish your application well before the due date – you’ll be thankful you mapped out that “just in case” time.

Want to learn more about the Scholarship Program and possible volunteer opportunities? Contact Rhonda Soos at or 331-208-9421. 

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