Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Gamma Phi Beta Foundation impacts our sisterhood by providing financial aid for undergraduate and graduate education and members experiencing financial hardship.

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“Because of your generosity, my dream of becoming a paradigm-shifting policy maker is becoming a reality. This fellowship supports my education and provides me an opportunity to learn skills so that I can serve my community through social change. Thank you for your vote of confidence in me by awarding me this fellowship.” Sophanite Gedion (Colorado State)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What are the requirements to apply for an undergraduate scholarship from the Foundation?
A:  You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. You must be a full-time student and you must be an initiated member of Gamma Phi Beta in good standing.

Q:  What are the requirements to apply for a graduate fellowship from the Foundation?
A:  You must demonstrate scholastic achievement and submit proof of acceptance into a graduate program before an award check can be disbursed. You must be a member in good standing, including payment of your annual $25 international alumnae dues or be a member of Life Loyal. Please note: current active senior members attending graduate school in the fall do not need to pay alumnae dues or join Life Loyal in order to be eligible.

Q: What if I don’t know which graduate program I will be attending yet?
A: You do not need to know the program you will be attending when filling out your application. List the program you are planning on attending if you have not officially been accepted yet. If you are selected to receive financial aid you will need to submit your proof of acceptance into your chosen program before an award check will be disbursed.

Q:  What if I have been accepted to graduate school but have not yet received a transcript? 
A:  If you have been accepted to a college or university but have not received a transcript, please submit a current transcript from undergraduate college or university.

Q:  Do I have to be enrolled as a full-time student in order to apply? 
A:  Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university working toward a degree as a full-time student.  Graduate applicants can be enrolled in an accredited college or university master’s or doctoral degree program as a full-time student. Both must be enrolled for the full academic year.

Q:  I am a new member of Gamma Phi Beta. Can I apply for financial aid? 
A:  You must be an initiated member of Gamma Phi Beta and in good standing.

Q:  How do I determine if I should apply as a graduate or undergraduate applicant? 
A:  Undergraduate applicants are defined as students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university and will remain enrolled in an undergraduate program for the entire next academic year. Graduate applicants are defined as students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program and will remain enrolled for the entire next academic year or students who have applied (or anticipate applying) for admission to a graduate program to begin during the next academic year (proof of enrollment is required if you are selected to receive financial aid.)

Q:  What is the difference between a need-based scholarships and fellowships and a merit-based scholarships and fellowships?
A:  Need-based scholarships and fellowships are awarded by evaluating your overall financial need. This is done based on a series of questions related to your current financial situation. Merit-based scholarships and fellowships are awarded by evaluating your academic criteria alone. If financial sections of the application are completed, you will be considered for both need-based and merit-based financial aid.

Q:  My chapter has a financial aid endowment. Will I only be considered for my chapter-specific endowment?  
A:  No. When applying for financial aid you are eligible for all financial aid scholarships and fellowships that are available that are not chapter specific. If your chapter has an endowment, you are eligible for that endowment as well as all other scholarships or fellowships that are available.

Q:  How do I select my recommenders?  
A:  You are required to submit two recommendations from professional or academic sources. Recommendations from family members, chapter members or friends are not permitted. The intent of this recommendation is someone who can attest to your overall character and/or need for financial aid.

Q:  I’ve selected my recommenders. What next?   
A:  Inform recommenders that they will receive an email from CommunityForce. This email will contain a link to follow to give your recommendation online. Once complete, the recommendation will automatically upload to your application account. Remind your recommenders to check the SPAM folder if they do not receive the initial email. Recommendations are due on the same day as your application.  You will not be able to submit your application until you have obtained both recommendations.

Q:  How will I be notified if I receive financial aid? 
A:  Applicants are notified via email if they will or will not receive financial aid. The Foundation will use your preferred email address indicated in your application. Applicants are announced over the summer. Please be careful to submit an email address that you will have access to while you are away from school.

Q: What information will I need to fill out a financial aid application?
A: You will be asked to provide a personal statement about your academic and career goals; a personal statement of what being a member of Gamma Phi Beta means to you; your involvement in Gamma Phi Beta, on campus and in your community; your GPA with your transcripts; and two letters of recommendation. If you are applying for need-based financial aid you will need to provide a personal statement for financial support, have your references substantiate the need for financial assistance and provide financial information including other loans, grants or scholarships.

Please contact the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation at 303.800.2890 with any additional questions.