Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant or scholarship from NEED. The NEED Scholarship Fund will provide funds in 2017-2018 to help meet last dollar needs of low-income African American students through the Unmet NEED Grant Program.

For more information about our financial assistance, please visit the scholarships page.

The Program

The NEED Scholarship Fund will provide funding in 2017-2018 to help meet last dollar needs of low-income African American students through the Unmet NEED Grant Program.  These grants are intended to supplement the financial aid package, not replace aid students have been granted via other scholarships, grants, and loans.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the Unmet NEED program, the student must –

·        Be a United States citizen,

·        Be a resident of one of the following counties for one year prior to entering a school or college:  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Washington or Westmoreland,

·        Demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined,

·        Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $5,000 [Based upon the EFC calculation from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)],

·        Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and

·        Be a high school senior or graduate planning to enroll, or a student already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited postsecondary institution.**

** Approved accredited institutions are defined as Title IV eligible, accredited, postsecondary

Two - or four-year colleges or universities, vocational, or technical schools in the United States.

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $3,500.  Students must respond to all NEED requests for verification and transcripts in order to be eligible for a new grant.  Grant amounts are evaluated for each student and may vary for each year depending on individual need and available funds.

Application

First time applicants must complete & submit the following;

·        NEED Application and mail it along with the following required documents:

·        Current, complete transcript of grades – Any one of the following:

  • Official transcript of grades
  • Unofficial transcript that includes the student and school’s name
  • Student-generated online transcript that includes student and school’s name (Grade Reports are NOT acceptable)
  • GED Test score results

·        A 200 word typed essay on “Why you want to pursue your post-secondary education?

·        Individual Wallet Size Photo (Your photo becomes the property of NEED and will not be returned).  Only submit a photo if this is your first time applying to NEED.

Previously awarded applicants must complete & submit the following;

·        NEED Application and mail it along with the following required documents:

·        Current, complete transcript of grades – Any one of the following:

  • Official transcript of grades
  • Unofficial transcript that includes the student and school’s name
  • Student-generated online transcript that includes student and school’s name (Grade Reports are NOT acceptable)
  • GED Test score results

The application and all required supporting documents Must be mailed to NEED In One Envelope postmarked by May 31, 2017.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all required materials in one envelope. Materials sent separately will not be considered.  All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by NEED.

Selection of Recipients

Grant recipients are selected on the basis of all eligibility criteria and demonstrated unmet financial need.  Selection of recipients is made by NEED

Only eligible applicants will be notified by the end of JulyNot all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.  Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements by completing the Unmet Need application from NEED.

NEEDwill notify grant recipients at the home address provided.  Recipients who do not respond back with the required student acceptance form after two notification letters from NEED will forfeit their award to an alternate recipient.

Payment of Grants

Payment is made in two installments (September and January).  The check is mailed to each recipient's school and is made payable to the school for the student.

Obligations

Recipients are required to supply NEED with transcripts at the end of each academic year that they receive NEED grants, and to notify NEED of any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information.  Failure to notify NEED of any of these changes may result in the forfeit or delay of an award.

Revisions

NEED reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this grant program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Additional Information

Questions regarding the Unmet NEED Grant Program should be addressed to:

NEED

Student Services Department

The Law and Finance Building

429 Fourth Avenue, 20th Floor

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Telephone: 412-566-2760

Fax: 412-471-6643

Email:  rbrooks@needld.org

Webpage:  www.needld.org

There are two ways you may apply to NEED:

Apply Online

Please complete the online application and place all of your documentation in ONE envelope postmarked on or before May 31, 2017.

Before applying, you will be prompted to create a free username and password. You will have an opportunity to attach electronic versions of your headshot, high school or college/university transcripts, and your 200-word essay. If you do not upload these items, you will be prompted to submit them electronically or via mail at a later date.

Mail-in Application

If you cannot or do not wish to complete the online application, you may elect to submit a paper application to NEED. The following materials must be submitted IN ONE ENVELOPE to NEED postmarked on or before May 31, 2017:

NEED Application-- Download by clicking on download forms link on the left side navigation bar.