Information for Scholarship Recipients
Receiving a Donor-Funded Scholarship
Congratulations on being selected to receive a named, donor-funded scholarship! These scholarships are funded by successful people who care about Stetson University and your future.
You have been entrusted with a named scholarship because we know you will represent the university well and that you will take advantage of the mentoring and networking opportunities that come with the scholarship.
You will notice on your financial aid award that, while the dollar amount of your scholarship may remain the same, the name of your scholarship will change. This does not affect the bottom line of your financial aid award, nor does it affect your student account billing statement. Office of Student Financial Planning provides more information.
What does Donor Relations do for Students
- Connect students with their scholarship donors and provides networking opportunities
- Encourage donors to support talented students
- Feature students in publications and as speakers at events
What We Ask of You
Your participation is an important determining factor when donors are asked to continue funding scholarships at Stetson University. Throughout the year, you may be asked by Donor Relations to:
- Fill out a profile about yourself and provide a photograph
- Write a note of appreciation to your donor(s) at Thank-A-Donor Day
- Have lunch or participate in a social get-together with your donor(s)
- Attend the spring Celebrating Philanthropy reception and dinner
- Give permission to use your photo, profile and/or letter in University-related publications
Frequently Asked Questions
What are donor-funded scholarships?
Donor-funded scholarships are scholarships funded directly by donors. Donors can be alumni, corporations, foundations or friends of Stetson University. These are different than merit-based scholarships, which are funded by the university. Your donor scholarship helps underwrite, or may completely replace your university-funded scholarship.
How was I selected for my donor-funded scholarship?
The Office of Student Financial Planning matches students with scholarship criteria determined by scholarship donors or by their representatives in consultation with the university. In some cases, the dean or your college or school may collaborate with faculty and staff in selecting students for scholarships that are specific to a college, school, major or program.
What do I need to do to keep my donor-funded scholarship?
You need to continue to meet the scholarship's criteria and GPA requirement. If your scholarship is based on your financial need, you will need to complete your FAFSA every year. You should also remain active in campus life and participate in the Donor-Funded Scholarship Program when asked.
What information is shared with my scholarship donors?
We may acquire a photo of you. If we do, we will ask for your permission to use it before doing so. We will not report confidential information, such as your GPA, and we will not share your personal contact information without first contacting you for permission. All other information shared is dependent upon you in your writing of thank you notes and other forms of communication.
How can I contact my scholarship donor(s)?
While we cannot share your scholarship donors' personal contact information with you, we are happy to contact them on your behalf at any time if you want to share information with them, such as a note of thanks, a special accomplishment or an invitation to an event in which you are participating. We will cover the mailing costs of any printed materials you want to send to your scholarship donor(s).
How can I find out if I'm eligible for a donor-funded scholarship?
If you have any questions about the awarding of donor-funded scholarships and your eligibility, contact the Office of Student Financial Planning.
Scholarship Recipient Profile Submission
Each fall, scholarship recipients are asked to complete an online profile.
This information will be passed along to the donor who funds your scholarship. Reading your story in your own words is a meaningful experience for our donors—it helps to illuminate the impact that their giving has, not just on the university but on you as well.
Please take a few minutes to complete the Scholarship Recipient Profile form below that is appropriate to your status this year.
This form is for students who are new to Stetson (freshmen and first-year transfer students).
This form is for students who are continuing or returning Stetson students (sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students).
This information will be passed along to the donor who funds your scholarship. Reading your story in your own words is a meaningful experience for our donors. It helps to illuminate the impact that their giving has, not just on the university, but on you. If you have questions, contact Donor Relations at 386-822-7715 or [email protected].
Book Award Information
Book Awards will be done in August and September. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Student Financial Planning based on need. You will be contacted with application information if you are eligible. Thank you!