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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Where does the funding come from?
Funding for the Kogod scholarships and merit awards is made possible with the generous support of Kogod alumni and corporate partners. The funds are used to recognize students who have excelled academically and demonstrate outstanding leadership and service. 

Is this the process to be considered for an AU Student Achievement Award?
The AU Student Achievement Award application process is separate from the Kogod Merit Award and Scholarships process. If you would like to be considered for an AU Student Achievement award, please contact your Academic Advisor for more information. 

Eligibility

May I be considered for more than one award?
You may be considered for multiple awards however please review each award description to make sure you meet the criteria. Example: If you are not a finance student, please do not apply for a finance specific award. Additionally, be sure to provide personal statements for each award you wish to be considered for. 

How is my financial need determined?
Financial Need is the difference between a student's Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). In order to be eligible for a need-based scholarship or award, students must have demonstrated financial need as defined above per of the AU Office of Financial Aid.

Students who apply for a need-based scholarship or award will be subject to a review by the Office of Financial Aid to confirm eligibility to receive funds if selected as a scholarship or award recipient.

I am a Kogod MS student; may I apply for an award?
Yes. MS students are eligible to apply for a Kogod Graduate Scholarship. Please see individual award descriptions for more information. 

I am a Kogod Dual Degree student; may I apply for an award?
Yes. Dual Degree students are eligible to apply for a Kogod Graduate Scholarship. Please see individual award descriptions for more information. 

I am an undergraduate student graduating in December 2014; may I apply for a Kogod senior award?
If you are graduating in December 2014, you should plan to apply during the Spring 2015 application process. Only December 2013 and May 2014 seniors are eligible to apply during the Spring 2014 process.

I am an undergraduate student with senior standing however I will not be graduating in May 2015; may I apply for a Kogod senior award?
No. Only graduating students may apply for a Kogod Senior Award. If you graduated in December 2013 or will be graduating in May 2014, you are eligible to apply during the current scholarship process.

I am an undergraduate student with a minor in business; may I apply for a Kogod merit award or scholarship?
No. Kogod merit awards and scholarships are available to full-time students majoring in business only; students pursuing a minor in business are not eligible at this time.

Application

When does the application process open?
The Spring 2014 awards process will open on January 20, 2014.

What materials do I need to submit for consideration?
A complete application includes the following:

  • Online Application
  • Personal Statements (for each award you are applying to)
  • Additional Essays (if required; see award descriptions for further detail)  
  • Resume to be sent directly to bizawards@american.edu

Do I need to submit a personal statement for each award I wish to be considered for?
Yes. Personal statements should be unique to each award and provide a detailed explanation of your qualifications to receive a particular award. 

What is the recommended length for each personal statement?
Personal statements should sufficiently provide enough detail to explain your qualifications; however, each statement should not exceed 500-750 words. 

Is a required essay the same as a personal statement?
No. Some awards require an additional essay that is specific to the particular award. Awards that require an additional essay will include the essay question in the award description. 

If an award requires an essay, do I still need to provide a personal statement?
Yes. The personal statement should detail your qualifications for consideration and is different from the required essay.

How do I submit my resume?
Your resume should be sent directly to bizawards@american.edu; it will not be submitted with the rest of your application materials online.

When does the application process close?
The Spring 2014 awards process is expected to close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Selection

Who serves on the selection committee?
The selection committee includes members of the Academic Programs staff along with select faculty representatives. 

May I contact individual members of the committee?
No. Any questions regarding the application process may be directed to bizawards@american.edu.

When will decisions be released?
Decisions will be released in mid-March. Please do not inquire about the status of your application prior to this time. 

If selected, when will I receive my award?
All selected recipients will be recognized during the annual Kogod Merit Awards & Scholarship Luncheon in early April 2014.

I am a graduating student, how will I receive my award?
All graduating students will be presented with a check during the Kogod Merit Awards & Scholarship Luncheon. 

I am a current student, how will I receive my award?
All current students will receive a tuition credit to be applied during the next academic year.