Helping Students from Rural Counties in Ten States

Frequently Asked Questions

How many scholarships are awarded each year?

One hundred fifty six new scholarships were awarded in 2015.

How many colleges and universities are attended by Hagan Scholars?

Hagan Scholars will attend one hundred thirty one different colleges and universities fall 2015.

How much is a Hagan Scholarship worth?

The average value of a four year Hagan Scholarship is over $24,000. Some Awards approach $50,000 when Schwab Account earnings or the Study Abroad Award is included.

Can I attend the college or university of my choice?

YES. Recipients can attend any four year not-for-profit college or university accredited by one of the six regional accreditors in the United States with HSF approval.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to attend Graduate School?

Yes. The Hagan Scholarship will fund up to four years of college regardless of number of hours earned or level of courses taken. For example, several Hagan Scholars have been accepted into pharmacy and veterinarian schools after their third year of college.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to Study Abroad?

HSF will fund study abroad only by awarding Study Abroad Awards, unless study abroad is a mandatory degree requirement and recipient obtains a waiver from HSF.

Can I participate in a semester long Co-op and keep my Hagan Scholarship?

YES. Recipients can apply for a one semester extension of their Hagan Scholarship in order to participate in a Co-op experience pertaining to their declared major.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to take Online courses?

NO. Recipients must attend classes on Campus.

Is this a need-based or merit-based scholarship?

BOTH. Each applicant must authenticate financial need in order to attend college. Recipients are selected based upon character, academic ability, achievement in and out of school, and future promise.

I have a conflict, can I be excused from attending the Mandatory Workshop?

NO. Workshop attendance is mandatory. You will have to decide which is more important to you, the Hagan Scholarship or the conflict.

Why are personal expenses deducted from Cost of Attendance?

Personal and non-educational expenses are the responsibility of the recipient and represent recipient's contribution toward the cost of his or her education.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to attend a community college?

NO. Recipients must attend a four year accredited college or university.

How is the dollar amount of each scholarship determined?

The dollar amount of each scholarship is determined by HSF.

Can I decline offered scholarships, awards, and grants to increase the Hagan Scholarship?

Absolutely Not! Any such action will result in loss of the scholarship.

Can the scholarship award amount be increased?

YES. The scholarship award amount can be increased to offset expiration of other scholarships, awards, and grants received by recipient.

When will the scholarship funds be disbursed?

The scholarship award amount will be determined and disbursed each semester after receipt and verification of recipient information.

How do I maintain my eligibility for the scholarship?

To be eligible to renew a scholarship a recipient must meet the renewal criteria, remain current with his or her Recipient Responsibilities and attend Mandatory Workshops.

When can I apply for a scholarship?

Applicants can apply for a scholarship from September 1 to November 15.

Can I add additional information after mailing my Application?

NO. All Application information must be submitted with the Scholarship Application Package.

Can I add classes after my scholarship funds have been disbursed?

Yes, but any additional cost must be paid by the recipient.

Can I transfer my scholarship to another school?

Yes. A scholarship recipient may transfer one time after the first academic year to another eligible college or university with HSF approval.

What happens if I fail to comply with Recipient Responsibilities?

Failure to comply with Recipient Responsibilities will result in loss of the scholarship.

Why the work requirement?

Grantor worked during high school and college and believes each scholarship recipient will personally benefit by contributing to the cost of his or her education.

Can work study be used to satisfy the work requirement?

Yes. All supervised paid employment can be used to satisfy the work requirement.

Why are the scholarships for rural counties only?

Grantor attended four small public schools located in rural counties and intends to help others in circumstances similar to those he experienced as a young man.

Can home schooled students apply for a scholarship?

NO. The scholarships are for students graduating from public high schools.

Why so particular about the Application Submittal?

1. To minimize administrative costs.
2. To see how well each applicant follows Instructions.
3. To help ensure deserving applicants are awarded scholarships.

Is there an application or processing fee?

There is no application or processing fee.