What is the application process?
What is the application process?
There are two (2) parts to the application process:
1. You must set up an account and complete the online process. (Once you have done this, you will get an email back confirming that we received the online application).
2. You must mail or email in the additional required materials. See "What constitutes a complete application" below.
- Who is Eligible for the scholarship?
Applicants must be high schools seniors or current undergraduate students.
Applicants must be dependents of a member in good standing of Local 153 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Applicants must demonstrate traits of high personal character and leadership.
Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.
When is the deadline for submission of materials?
The deadline for submission of the online portion of the application is . Deadline for receipt of the additional required materials is 5:00 pm est . The additional materials required must be mailed in ONE envelope to
The , 4320-G Wade Hampton Boulevard, Taylors, SC 29687
or emailed to . The additional materials required must be RECEIVED no later than 5:00 pm est .
What constitutes a complete application packet?
Submit the signed SCHOLARSHIP AWARD AGREEMENT. Download the Scholarship Award Agreement.
Submit an OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT with grades and cumulative GPA posted through the   semester. (It must be OFFICIAL.)
Submit SAT/ACT SCORES for applicants who are high school seniors, if taken.
Submit a SIGNED LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION from a teacher / professor.
Submit a PERSONAL STATEMENT/ESSAY. Submit a one-page, signed personal statement explaining why the scholarship is important to the applicant. Include career plans, if known. Include applicant name and name of scholarship on the page.
Submit a LIST OF YOUR ACADEMIC HONORS, LEADERSHIP SKILLS, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, etc.
Submit a copy of your SAR Report. (This is the report you receive after your FAFSA application has been processed)
Submit a W8 or W9 FORM. This must be completed by the applicant.
- What schools can a recipient attend?
An eligible educational institution is one whose primary function is the presentation of formal instruction and that normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities.
- What is the value of the scholarship award?
The number of recipients and the amount of each scholarship may vary from year to year due to fluctuations in the Fund's value and/or applicable document restrictions. Subject to the trust terms, the awards will be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies and should not exceed these costs. Scholarship awards must be used in the year they are awarded. Recipients are required to access the Payment Form from www.csascholars.org home page. They must sign the form and submit it to their college to certify their enrollment and forward to the Scholarship Director for payment. It is the recipient's responsibility to submit a completed Payment Form and grades and specified below. A check will be issued directly to the college upon receipt of a grade report/transcript and a Payment Form. Failure to submit the required materials will result in the permanent loss of the scholarship. Unused funds must be returned to the .
What if I am unable to attend consecutive semesters?
Extenuating circumstances requiring a student to sit out a semester must be explained in writing to CSA. You will be notified of the final decision. If a recipient is out for a semester, then that semester is forfeited.
How are scholarship recipients selected?
A selection committee will consider the respective ability, educational goals, financial need, and career ambitions of each applicant.
How will I be notified if I am chosen as a recipient?
Once final approval has been given by the Trustee, CSA will email award letters to the recipients with detailed information about the scholarship. Candidates not selected to receive awards will be notified by CSA via email.
Is this scholarship renewable?
This scholarship is a four-year scholarship subject to the following terms and conditions: Students must remain enrolled full-time, continuously throughout the four-year scholarship. Under special circumstances, individual exceptions may be made to the full-time continuous enrollment requirement, at the discretion of the committee and Trustee. If a scholarship is awarded for an academic year, and is not used within that year, it is forfeited, and unused money is returned to the Trust. Failure to meet the eligibility requirements will result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
Scholarship recipients will receive information from CSA each year on the procedure to verify continued eligibility for the scholarship. Recipients must submit a renewal application, transcript or grade report, and W-8 or W-9 form, in order to be considered for renewal of their scholarships each year. Scholarship amounts are not guaranteed, as renewed scholarship amounts may vary from year to year due to a variety of factors.