Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who funds Leading by Legacy Scholarships?

The Leading by Legacy Scholarships are compassionately funded by the donors and partners who believe in supporting the efforts provided by the Legacy Foundation. The support that our donors provide is not limited to financial efforts, but also mentoring, as well as a college readiness program.

How much financial aid will scholarship recipients receive?

The Leading by Legacy Scholarship awards college scholarships annually in amounts ranging from $500 to $1000 . Scholarships are awarded to extraordinary students who are living with physical disabilities. No restrictions are placed on the students’ choices of school, academic discipline, or area of focus. Scholarships are awarded based on donor contributions. It is the goal of the foundation to award a minimum of two scholarships within each of the categories.

Is scholarship assistance for undergraduate education only?

Yes. Financial support is provided primarily for undergraduateeducation. Nevertheless, The Leading by Legacy Foundationfirmly supports creating lasting connections with and betweenthe scholars and its supporting staff. Support is provided beyond undergraduate education in the form of postgraduate or career mentoring.

When is the deadline for submitting applications?

The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st. Applicants must be current high school seniors. We begin accepting applications after March 1st of the applicant’s senior year in high school. Since the postmark is what matters,there is no advantage in sending applications by overnight delivery service.

When are letters of recommendation and school transcripts due?

Letters of recommendation, transcripts, and all application materials must be mailed in one packet and are all due at the same time.Transcripts and letters of recommendation are not to be sent separate cover. Incomplete, e-mailed or faxed applications will not be considered.

Do my letters of recommendation have to be written by teachers or can they come from anyone?

We require three letters of recommendation in order to be considered as a scholarship recipient. At least oneletter should be written by a high school guidancecounselor, teacher or principal. The other two letters may be submitted by those who can substantiate that the applicant meet the scholarship criteria. A good reference confirms leadership skills and qualities, character attributes, and commitment to communityservice and academic achievement. Reference examples include anemployer, mentor or coach. Parents or guardians are not permitted to be references.

What standardized test results are required? How and when do I submit my scores?

We require either SAT (Verbal and Math) or ACT (Composite)scores. Results of SAT II (Subject Tests) and AP exams are optional. Record the required scores on page 1 of your application, even if they also appear on your high school transcript. You should take the SAT or ACT no later than the February test administration date so that the scores are available when you submit your application, or shortly thereafter.

Are there minimum SAT or ACT scores?

Yes. The minimum SAT score is 800 out of 2400. The minimum ACT score is 17 out of 36

What essays are required? The application says to submit an essay that I wrote for my college applications, but what if they didn’t require any?

We require applicants to choose one of the two essay qquestions to answer, approximately 500 words. The essay choices are as follows: Please demonstrate how you

   Have been impacted by violence in a life challenging way.

   Have assisted with the care of a sibling, parent, or primary care giver who has a disabling condition or illness.

Be mindful that the essay allows you to share something about yourself that cannot be gleaned from yourtranscript or test scores.

Can I apply online?

No. Students are not to apply online. The application it to be printed from our web site and mailed to us. Please take notice that there are sections for students, parent/guardian, and high school guidance counselor to complete.

Can I fax or email my application?

APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE FAXED OR EMAILED. Applications and all accompanying required materials are to be mailed together in one packet.

I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

No. Unfortunately, the deadline date is final and applicants who miss the deadline will have to wait until next year to apply. See Application Timeline information.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for The Leading by Legacy Scholarship?

No, applicants may be one of the following in order to apply: a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or an undocumented student*.

(Undocumented students are children born abroad who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents.)

Is a minimum household income level necessary in order to apply?

Financial need is a factor that we consider in awarding scholarships. If you think that you will be eligible for financial aid at the colleges to which you are applying, you should apply for the Leading by Legacy scholarship.

Whose income should be listed if the student’s parents are separated or divorced? If parents have remarried, should step-parents’ income be included?

In the first stage of the application process, the income of both parents if it is available to the student, the income should be listed. This should include the non-custodial parent. If a parent’s whereabouts is unknown, list that information on the application. If the student is residing with a legal guardian, his or her income should be listed on the application. Should you advance to the next stage, information about your non-custodial parent’s income will be requested and taken into account in determining financial need.

Do you need verification of parental income?

The application asks for parents’ adjusted gross income on last year’s federal income tax return-- this is the return that they filed during the applicant’s junior year in high school. By their signatures, parents also agree to provide proof of income, including copies of income tax returns, if required. If applicant becomes a semi-finalist, verification of income will be required.

Can I use a Leading by Legacy Scholarship at any college and for any major or field of interest?

The scholarship may be used at any degree-granting, two- or four- year accredited institution within the United States. Recipients may study anyacademic discipline of their choice. The scholarship may alsobe used for vocational or technical training as long as the student is striving to obtain a 2-4 year degree or certification.

When are scholarship recipients notified? Are applicants who have not won also notified?

Applicants who have not won will not be notified. Finalists will be notified in early June and will be awarded June 15th. The scholarship committee will notify finalists via an official letter in the mail as well as a personal phone call. The committee will only contact applicants who have been awarded a scholarship.

Which schools do Leading by Legacy Scholarship recipients attend?

Scholars attend a wide range of schools and are not required to put their awards toward specific schools or specific disciplines or fields of interest.

Can you apply for both scholarships?

No. Although we have two scholarships, please apply for only one. Please choose the scholarship category that best suites you and your situation.