Q & A

How many scholarships are awarded?
Over 2,400 Hagan Scholarships have been awarded to date; 450 were awarded in April 2021 and 600 new scholarships can be awarded in April 2022.

What are my chances of being awarded a Hagan Scholarship?
Historically, about 50% of eligible applicants completing the application process are awarded scholarships; the highest award percentage of any national scholarship. If you need financial assistance to attend college, apply for a scholarship. The award of a Hagan Scholarship has been “life-changing” for many recipients.

How much is the Hagan Scholarship worth? 
1. Hagan Scholarship: Up to $48,000 over four years
2. Study Abroad: Up to $8,000
3. Investment Account Earnings: Up to $10,000
4. Personal Brokerage Account: $2,000
Total Potential Benefit: $68,000

How many colleges and universities are attended by Hagan Scholars?
This fall, Hagan Scholars will attend 409 colleges and universities.

Can I attend the college or university of my choice?
YES. Recipients can attend any traditional four year not-for-profit college or university accredited by one of six regional accreditors in the United States. A list of eligible institutions can be found here.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to attend Graduate School?
YES. Recipients graduating college in less than four years can use the remainder of their eight semester Hagan Scholarship to attend graduate school or a professional school. Graduate students must earn 12 GPA credit hours each semester to be eligible for HSF funding.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to Study Abroad?
NO. HSF will only fund study abroad using Study Abroad Awards; unless study abroad is a mandatory degree requirement and recipient obtains a waiver from HSF.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to fund Online courses?
Online courses are permitted until notified otherwise. Online credit hours and grades must be shown on the recipient’s primary Transcript. Pre-COVID, HSF funded Online courses if a mandatory degree requirement and the course could not be taken as a seated on-campus course. A letter from the school was provided confirming these criteria were met.

Is this a need-based or merit-based scholarship?
BOTH. Recipients must authenticate financial need in order to attend college. Then, recipients are selected based upon academic ability, achievement in and out of school, personal goals, and future promise.

I have a conflict, can I be excused from attending the second and fourth year Mandatory Workshops?
NO. Workshop attendance is mandatory. You will have to decide which is more important to you, the conflict or Hagan Scholarship.

Will the Hagan Scholarship help pay personal expenses?
YES. Disbursement amounts are determined using the Total Cost of Attendance, which include personal expenses. See Description, Part 1.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to attend a community college?
NO. Recipients must attend a four-year not-for-profit accredited college or university. Students can typically work and attend a community college without incurring substantial debt.

How is the dollar amount of each scholarship determined?
The dollar amount of each scholarship is determined by HSF according to Description, Paragraph 1. Recipients living at home or with family are not eligible for room and board disbursements.

Can I decline offered scholarships, awards, and grants to increase the Hagan Scholarship?
NO. Any such action will result in loss of the scholarship.

Can the scholarship award amount be adjusted?
YES. The scholarship award amount will be adjusted each subsequent award year to offset the expiration or loss of other scholarships, awards, grants, and waivers, and changes in the recipient’s EFC.

When are scholarship disbursements made?
Disbursements are made mid-semester; after receipt and verification of recipient information. See Responsibilities, Part Two.

Are my parents required to pay their EFC?
NO.  The EFC is used to determine disbursement amounts only.

How do I maintain my eligibility for the scholarship?
Recipients must remain current with Recipient Responsibilities, fulfill Schwab Account and Study Abroad responsibilities, and attend the Mandatory Workshops.

When can I apply for a scholarship?
The Scholarship Application can be accessed on our website after September 1.

Can I add additional information after submitting my Scholarship Application?
NO. All information must be submitted with the Scholarship Application.

Can I add classes after my scholarship funds have been disbursed?
YES. Additional costs 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. First year recipients have until enrollment to change schools.

What happens if I fail to comply with Recipient Responsibilities?
Failure to comply with Recipient Responsibilities will result in loss of the scholarship.

Why have workshops?
The mandatory workshops are intended to help recipients obtain a practical understanding of important life skills not typically covered in the school curriculum.

Why are recipients required to work?
The 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 regularly scheduled work performed under supervision for compensation can be used to satisfy the work requirement.

Why are the scholarships limited to public schools located in rural counties, and remote rural areas in larger counties?
The Grantor attended four small rural public schools.

Can home schooled students apply for a scholarship?
NO.

Why so particular about the Application Process?
1. To minimize administrative costs.
2. To see how well each applicant follows instructions.

Is there an application or processing fee?
There is no application or processing fee.