STUDENT FAQ's


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

  1. I AM INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP, WHERE DO I START?

    Read about our Scholarships and eligibility requirements. Follow the “Application is Now Open” link to start an application. The deadline to apply for a following year award is February 1.

  2. I AM NOT A STUDENT FROM THE OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF THE MFEI SCHOLARSHIPS?

    If you are not a current or former Oakland Unified School District student you may still be eligible for an award if you meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) You identify as African American male and will graduate from a high school within one of the nine Bay Area counties, 2) You will graduate from a high school in the Pleasanton Unified School District, or 3) You have a parent who is an employee of the Port of Oakland.

  3. IS THERE A CERTAIN GPA REQUIRED TO APPLY?

    We encourage that all students apply regardless of their GPA since applications are reviewed holistically and while some of our awards do have GPA minimums, not all do. It is important to know that our scholarships with the highest award amounts ($5000 for each of the Craig Sullivan and the Port of Oakland Executive Director Awards) have the highest minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

  4. I STARTED AN APPLICATION, BUT CANNOT FINISH IT ALL AT ONCE. CAN YOU SAVE IT TO CONTINUE LATER?

    Yes. Once you complete the first page of the application, there will be an option at the top right of the page that says "save my progress and resume later". You will also receive instructions via email on how to access your application at a later time.

  5. HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE FAFSA OR CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT?

    Visit the FASA homepage at fafsa.gov. Complete and submit the application for the following academic year. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident, and you qualify under AB540, visit the dream.csac.ca.gov site to complete the CA Dream Act Application for the following academic year.

  6. I HAVE NOT COMPLETED MY FAFSA OR CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT APPLICATION, CAN I STILL APPLY?

    No, in order to be eligible for any of MFEI administered scholarship you must complete and submit the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application.  If you do not qualify for either application, please contact us at info@marcusfoster.org to discuss your eligibility.

  7. WHO SHOULD I ASK TO WRITE MY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?

    We suggest that applicants ask a teacher, counselor, employer, or mentor that can articulate your strengths and know about your accomplishments. Since this is a professional reference we do not recommend you asking a friend or family member. Please be sure to ask your recommender at least 2 weeks in advance. On your application, you will be prompted to enter in their contact information. A link will be sent to your recommender’s email where they will click on the link to upload their letter. PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THEIR CORRECT EMAIL ADDRESS. It will be your responsibility to check in with your recommender to see if they have received the link.

  8. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION WAS SUBMITTED?

    Once your recommender submits their letter, you will be notified via email from our application system. The deadline for letters of recommendation is February 15.

  9. WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT MY SCHOLARSHIP STATUS?

    All applicants will be notified about their status via email after May 1.

  10. WHERE CAN I FIND MORE SCHOLARSHIPS?

    You can follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or check trusted scholarship databases or guides such as College Greenlight, DreamersRoadmap, or Bankrate.

  11. I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

    Email us at info@marcusfoster.org and your question will be directed to the appropriate MFEI staff member.


CLAIM MONEY

1. How do I get my money?

Please refer to the "GET YOUR MONEY" section on the scholarship page. Once you've completed those steps you can expect to receive your scholarship money within 3 - 4 weeks. If there are any additional documents needed we will be contacting you through email so make sure to check it regularly.

2. When can I expect my money?

Once you've completed all the steps listed in the "GET YOUR MONEY" section you can expect to receive your scholarship money within 3 - 4 weeks. 

3. I was awarded a scholarship but haven't heard anything or received the money.

Check your email! We communicate to applicants and scholarship awardees through email only. If at any point you change your email, please make sure you notify us ASAP at info@marcusfoster.org.

4. I missed a deadline, what can I do?

Contact us ASAP. In order to avoid missing deadlines, make sure you constantly check the email account you provided us with when you first applied to our scholarship - that is where we will be sending time sensitive information.

5. Do I have to be full time to receive my scholarship money?

Yes. However, students planning on being full time in the near future can defer their scholarship money before the fall deadline. Deferring your scholarship means that we will hold your scholarship money for you for up to 1 year until you are full time again.

 

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