Q & A

How many new scholarships are awarded each year?
Over 300 new scholarships were awarded in 2018.

What are my chances of being awarded a Hagan Scholarship?
Historically, about one-third of eligible applicants are awarded scholarships.

How much is a Hagan Scholarship worth?
Each Hagan Scholarship is worth up to $40,000 over four years. The average amount disbursed over four years is about $24,000. These amounts exclude Schwab Account earnings and Study Abroad Awards which average about $10,000.

How many colleges and universities are attended by Hagan Scholars?
Hagan Scholars currently attend one hundred ninety four 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.

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. Recipients graduating college in less than four years can use the remainder of their Hagan Scholarship to attend graduate school or a professional school.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to Study Abroad?
NO. 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 related to their declared major.

Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to fund Online courses?
NO. HSF will only fund seated on-campus GPA courses; unless the course is a mandatory degree requirement and recipient obtains a wavier from HSF.

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 conflict or Hagan Scholarship.

Will the Hagan Scholarship pay personal expenses?
NO. 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 not-for-profit accredited college or university. Students can work and attend a community college without incurring debt.

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

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

When will the scholarship funds be disbursed?
The scholarship award amount is determined and disbursed each semester; after receipt and verification of recipient information. See Responsibilities, Part Three.

I am married and independent, are my parents required to pay their EFC?
NO.

How do I maintain my eligibility for the scholarship?
To be eligible to renew a scholarship a recipient must fulfill the renewal criteria, remain current with Recipient Responsibilities, fulfill Schwab Account and Study Abroad responsibilities, and attend the Mandatory Workshops.

When can I apply for a scholarship?
Applicants can apply for a scholarship from September 15 to November 15.

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. 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. 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 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.

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.
3. To help ensure deserving applicants are awarded scholarships.

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