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Get There From Here Scholarship FAQ

Q.   How many scholarships are awarded each year?
A.   Approximately 15 scholarships are awarded each year to new and continuing students.

Q.   I will be attending Suffolk County Community College for more than five semesters - will the scholarship cover my tuition until I graduate?
A.   The scholarship is good for five semesters or until you graduate, whichever comes first.

Q.   Do I have to file a FAFSA even if I won't get any financial aid?
A.   All students who apply for the Get There From Here Scholarship must apply annually for a FAFSA, even if they will not receive any financial aid.

Q.   I already receive a scholarship from Suffolk County Community College - how will this scholarship affect it?
A.   Other SUNY Suffolk scholarships are taken into consideration when calculating Get There From Here award amounts.

Q.   I have an outside scholarship - how will this scholarship affect it?
A.   The Get There From Here scholarship is offered in addition to outside scholarships.

Q.   Am I eligible if I am a part-time student?
A.   Yes, as long as you meet all the other minimum requirements you may apply.

Q.   Am I eligible if I am currently enrolled in a developmental class/taking a developmental class this summer?
A.   You must have completed any/all required developmental classes prior to being awarded the scholarship.

Q.   Am I eligible if I only have one semester left?
A.   Yes, although you won’t experience the full benefits of the program you can still apply.

Q.   Am I eligible if I am not a Suffolk County resident?
A.   Yes, you may apply; however, you will only be offered the maximum $6,500, even if you are required to pay out-of-state tuition.

Q.   Can I request more than the required two (2) letters of recommendation?
A.   Yes. However, only the first two letters received will be attached to your application. All subsequent letters will not be reviewed (one must be academic).

Q.   Do I have to write all three essays or should I just choose one to answer?
A.   You are required to answer all three essay questions to have a complete application.

Q.   Can I submit extra materials to supplement my application (resume, certifications, etc.)
A.   Any additional materials received will not be attached to your application.

Q.   I do not know where to volunteer. Can you suggest any places?
A.   You can explore opportunities with your local places of worship, libraries, hospitals, nursing homes, soup kitchens and animal shelters. Additionally, each College campus has a food pantry where you may volunteer your time each semester. If you would like to volunteer at one of the food pantries, please contact: gtfh@sunysuffolk.edu

Q.   Is there any other way to submit my application other than through email?
A.   If you are a high school student, you may ask a counselor at your high school to submit your application for you from their professional email. You may also send it by mail to: Thomas Law, Get There From Here Scholarship, North Building, Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Rd., Selden, NY 11784.

Q.   Do I have to do volunteer hours before I receive the scholarship?
A.   Your required volunteer hours at an approved agency/non-profit organization start the fall semester after you receive the scholarship.

Q.   I have commitments outside of school (work, family, etc.) that may interfere with meeting all of the Get There From Here scholar requirements – should I still apply for the scholarship?
A.   These requirements are closely monitored by the Foundation, and all recipients must fulfill all of them in order to maintain their scholarship. The Get There From Here scholarship requires that its scholars be active at the College and in their communities.