NCU November Scholarship

Celebrating Education Eligibility Rules

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

For the purposes of this scholarship, a New Student is anyone who applies on or after October 28th, 2013. A Current student is anyone who applied prior to October 28th, 2013.

Applicants for the scholarship must demonstrate the following to be considered:

Current Students:

  • Only the first 200 applications will be considered.
  • All applications must be received by November 25, 2013.
  • An applicant must be enrolled and started an NCU bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral program in order to be eligible for one of the scholarships that will be awarded on February 3, 2014.
  • Applicants must have at least 3 courses left in their program.
  • Applicants, must not receive or be eligible to receive a total of 100% tuition reimbursement from any source(s) including but not limited to: corporate reimbursement, military tuition assistance, other scholarships and/or private grants with the exception of Veteran’s Administration GI benefits or Veteran’s Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits and Title IV financial aid funding.
  • Applicants must not be an employee or family member (spouse, dependent child or domestic partner) of an employee of Northcentral University.
  • At the time of the award, applicants must be succeeding in their current degree program. The student cannot have any F’s, R’s, U’s, or negative SAP status in their current courses. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the standard by which Northcentral University measures students’ progress toward completion of a degree or certificate program. The three components of SAP are Grade Point Average (GPA), Course Completion Rate (pace), and Maximum Timeframe. If, at any time, a student is not meeting the minimum requirements for SAP, he/she receives an email notification in his/her University Student Portal as well as an email to the address on file. However, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to know these requirements, and failure to receive notification does not nullify the SAP status.
    • SAP Component Definitions
      • Program Grade Point Average (GPA) - A Cumulative Program GPA is calculated using only grades earned at the University for the student’s current program of study. The minimum GPA requirement for undergraduate students is 2.0. The minimum GPA requirement for graduate students is 3.0.
      • Course Completion Rate (Pace) - Students must earn a passing grade in two-thirds or no less than 66.66% of the course credit hours attempted toward completion of their program of study. The Course Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours attempted. All courses count as attempted except for drops and withdrawals for Military Leave of Absence (“WL” grade). Only courses for which the student receives a passing grade count as completed.
      • Maximum Timeframe -The Maximum Timeframe to complete the program is measured in credit hours for undergraduate programs and calendar years for all graduate programs. Maximum Timeframe resets for SAP only if there has been a substantial change in program. Refer to the substantial change definition in the Readmission policy for more information.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application by the deadline date listed under the Selection Process section. The completion of the application form does not create an obligation to award a scholarship to applicant.
  • Applicants must submit completed essays as described in the Essay section. High importance will be placed on the applicant’s desire to advance in their education, with an emphasis on furthering their careers, and their impact in the community in which they reside.

New Students:

  • An applicant must have enrolled and started an NCU bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral program in order to be eligible for one of the scholarships that will be awarded on February 3, 2014.
  • An Applicant must apply and start their degree program between October 29, 2013 and November 25, 2013.
  • Applicants must not have applied to Northcentral University prior to October 29, 2013.
  • Applicants must not be currently enrolled nor in the process of enrolling at any Northcentral University program at any time prior to October 29th, 2013.
  • Applicants, once enrolled, must not receive or be eligible to receive a total of 100% tuition reimbursement from any source(s) including but not limited to: corporate reimbursement, military tuition assistance, other scholarships and/or private grants with the exception of Veteran’s Administration GI benefits or Veteran’s Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits and Title IV financial aid funding.
  • Applicants must meet all admissions requirements of Northcentral University.
  • Applicants must not be an employee or family member (spouse, dependent child or domestic partner) of an employee of Northcentral University.
  • At the time of the award, applicants must be succeeding in their current degree program. The student cannot have any F’s, R’s, U’s, or negative SAP status in their current courses. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the standard by which Northcentral University measures students’ progress toward completion of a degree or certificate program. The three components of SAP are Grade Point Average (GPA), Course Completion Rate (pace), and Maximum Timeframe. If, at any time, a student is not meeting the minimum requirements for SAP, he/she receives an email notification in his/her University Student Portal as well as an email to the address on file. However, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to know these requirements, and failure to receive notification does not nullify the SAP status.
    • SAP Component Definitions
      • Program Grade Point Average (GPA) - A Cumulative Program GPA is calculated using only grades earned at the University for the student’s current program of study. The minimum GPA requirement for undergraduate students is 2.0. The minimum GPA requirement for graduate students is 3.0.
      • Course Completion Rate (Pace) - Students must earn a passing grade in two-thirds or no less than 66.66% of the course credit hours attempted toward completion of their program of study. The Course Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours attempted. All courses count as attempted except for drops and withdrawals for Military Leave of Absence (“WL” grade). Only courses for which the student receives a passing grade count as completed.
      • Maximum Timeframe -The Maximum Timeframe to complete the program is measured in credit hours for undergraduate programs and calendar years for all graduate programs. Maximum Timeframe resets for SAP only if there has been a substantial change in program. Refer to the substantial change definition in the Readmission policy for more information.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application together with all supporting documentation by the deadline date listed under the Selection Process section. The completion of the application form does not create an obligation to award a scholarship to applicant.
  • Applicants must submit completed essays as described in the Essay section. High importance will be placed on the applicant’s desire to advance in their education, with an emphasis on furthering their careers, and their impact in the community in which they reside.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • The recipient of this scholarship will be selected by the scholarship selection committee consisting of representatives from Northcentral University. Non-faculty members may assist in the selection committee process.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a complete application along with all the supporting documentation, which must be received on or before the deadline specified. The scholarship selection committee accepts no responsibility for incomplete applications, applications not in proper form, lost applications, or any other submission in exception to the above instructions.
  • The scholarship award will be based on the committee’s scores of the overall quality of the scholarship essay. The higher the average score, the higher the probability of selection.
  • Scholarship selection shall be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
  • The decision of the scholarship selection committee is final and not subject to a review process.

ESSAY

  • Applicant submits a maximum 500-word essay (maximum two pages, double spaced).
    • Topic: Describe how Northcentral's Mission to help "students become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions" is relevant to the applicant's educational and career goals. That is, how does obtaining this degree facilitate the applicant’s ability to be a valuable contributor.
  • Essays will be original work. Quotations or attributions must be cited.
  • Applicants can submit their essays electronically at the following URL:
    scholarship.ncu.edu

THE AWARDS

  • New Students: One (1) $10,000 scholarship will be awarded; three (3) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.
  • Current Students: Ten (10) awards of one (1) free course per student
  • No student will receive more than one NCU Celebrating Education scholarship within a 365 day period.
  • Awards will be applied in equal amounts to the next (6) classes that commence after the February 3rd award date. For example, the $10,000 scholarship will be dispersed as $1,667 awards in each of the awardee's next six (6) classes. The $5,000 scholarship will be applied as $833 awards in each of the awardees' next five classes."
  • Any funds that are awarded to the student may only be used to assist with the payment of their tuition and are not redeemable in cash at any time.
  • Any funds that are awarded to the student may not be used for the purchase of books, any fees that may be applicable to their degree program, and outside materials (computers, internet service etc.).
  • Should the student withdraw or be dismissed from Northcentral University, any balance of the funds awarded becomes null and void for future courses.
  • For applicants using federal financial aid, the applicant understands that a scholarship award is financial assistance and will affect the applicant’s financial plan with the University. For those applicants, the total financial assistance may not exceed the cost of attendance in the student’s financial aid budget. Accordingly, in the event of a scholarship award, the applicant’s financial plan will need to be re-evaluated and adjusted, as appropriate.