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How to Apply - Class of 2018


The application process has three parts. Applicants need to complete the Part One: Online Application by January 30, 2018 and submit their Part Two: Supplemental Materials by February 7, 2018. Applicants who meet these deadlines and and are selected as best meeting our financial, academic, and readiness criteria will be invited to a financial interview with their parents where they will submit Part Three documents. Click for a summary of 2018 Requirements and Deadlines.


We encourage all applicants to complete their Part One online application and bring in their Part Two materials EARLY, well before our deadlines. We can help you resolve issues or outstanding requirements, if any. Applications submitted just before or on the deadline will not have the benefit of this time to resolve any issues.


Be sure to read and follow all instructions carefully. Applying for college financial aid and filling out the FAFSA can be daunting, especially if you are the first in your family to go to college. Feel free to call us (569-9869), email (info@SFIndianRiver.org) or stop by our office, and we will help you resolve any issues you are having with financial aid. We are here to help, and we want you to succeed!


Click on the links below, which are highlighted in blue, to access the required forms which you will need to print out and complete. If you prefer, you may click to access and print All Instructions and Forms .


Part One: Online Application by Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

  • Complete our Online Application [Form 1b]. Click here to REGISTER and LOGIN to our online system. Complete the application, then follow the instructions to SUBMIT it, and PRINT a copy of your submission to turn in with your Part Two: Supplemental Materials. Be sure the copy you print out says Status:Submitted or Status:Posted with a date on or prior to January 30, 2018. Applications not submitted prior to this deadline will not be accepted and applicants will not be eligible to continue with the process.
  • After you submit your application, you may use the online system to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT to turn in your Part Two: Supplemental Materials.


Part Two: Supplemental Materials and Intake Interview by Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6 PM.

Applicants who meet the January 30 Part One deadline must bring in all Part Two required paperwork and meet with an intake counselor for a 10-15 minute at the Scholarship Foundation office to review their submissions.


You must submit your online application before you can schedule your appointment, so do so early to have your choice of appointment times, which will run from February 1st through February 7. We have plenty of times reserved, but not enough on the deadline day to accomodate all applicants, so don't wait to apply and submit. See 2018 Requirements and Deadlines for dates intake counselors will be available.


No application will be accepted unless ALL of the following documents [except those indicated as OPTIONAL or for specific applicants only] are completed and received in our office at your appointment or, if agreed, not later than February 7.

  • Application Checklist [Form 1a]. Lists all required documents. Check off your submissions, sign and date and, unless you are classified as an independent student on your SAR, have a parent sign and date.
  • Printout of your submitted Online Application [Form 1b]. This is the application completed in Part One, which must say Status:Submitted or Status:Posted, with a date on or prior to January 30.
  • Statements of Academic Hardship or Special Family Financial Circumstances. OPTIONAL, if you wish to supplement the information supplied on Form 1b.
  • A small Picture of yourself. Any small portrait or candid to help us recognize you. Staple to your checklist.
  • Resume of Extracurricular Activities and Honors [Form 1c]. This must be submitted on our form, neatly handwritten, or you may type into this MS Word version, print and turn in.
  • Academic Resume [Form 1d]. This must be submitted on our form, neatly handwritten, or you may type into this MS Word version, print and turn in.
  • Paying for College Worksheet [Form 1e]. This rough draft of your budget must be submitted on our form, neatly handwritten.
  • Sealed HS Transcript(s), for HS Seniors and college students with fewer than 48 credits earned in college by the end of spring 2018 semester and/or your College Transcript (for all HS graduates).
  • Counselor's Reporting your GPA and test scores (HS seniors and college students with fewer than 48 credits earned in college by the end of the spring 2018 semester.) If your school does not have a counselor's report, you must provide us provide your test scores.
  • 2016 Tax Returns for you and your parents. Note: FAFSA uses last year's
  • Student Aid Report (SAR), generated from the FAFSA website. File your 2018-2019 FAFSA online (www.fafsa.gov) as soon as possible after the system opens on October 1. Print your SAR, check it for any issues noted and then follow up promptly on any issues as well as requests for additional documentation.
  • Florida Bright Futures registration form, generated from the Bright Futures website after you register. REQUIRED FOR ALL HS SENIORS, whether or not you expect to qualify.
  • Florida Prepaid and other 529 Plan statements REQUIRED FOR THOSE ENROLLED in one or both of these plans.
  • Richardson supplemental materials. REQUIRED FOR HS SENIORS APPLYING FOR RICHARDSON AWARDS. Refer to Who Can Apply to see if you are qualified to apply. If applying, the following must be submitted with your Part Two materials.
    • Leadership essay (500 words)
    • Service essay (200 words)
    • Two recommendations (teacher and community individual; ask recommenders to give to you in sealed envelopes for you to submit with Part Two.)


Part Three: Turn in as soon as complete, but no later than at Financial Interview

A financial interview will be scheduled for late March for those applicants who meet Parts One and Two deadlines and are selected based on a review of residency, academic standing, financial need and readiness to succeed in college, including a realistic plan for paying for it. You will receive an email in mid-March scheduling this interAt your interview, you must be accompanied by one or both of your parents or guardians (unless you are an independent student) and complete your file by submitting the rest of the required documents:

Application Calendar: Class of 2018

Aug - Sept: Register with FAFSA (fafsa.gov) system. Get pins for student and parent. Use FAFSA calculator to get an early view of your EFC and eligibility for federal financial aid.

Oct 1: FAFSA and CSS Profile systems open. Complete these applications ASAP. They use your 2016 tax returns, so no reason to wait.

Nov 1: Scholarship Foundation Part One application opens.

Nov 3: Registration deadline for December 2 SAT and December 9 ACT (check for late registration deadlines)

Dec 1: Bright Futures registration opens

January 30: Scholarship Foundation Part One: Online Application due. Only those who meet this deadline can proceed with Part Two.

February 1-7: Part Two Intake Interview appointments at Scholarship Foundation office.

February 7 6PM: Scholarship Foundation Part Two: Supplemental Materials and intake meeting deadline.

March 1: Priority financial aid deadlines for many Florida schools

March: Scholarship Foundation Financial interviews will be scheduled by email for eligible applicants

March TBD: Scholarship Foundation financial interviews; Part Three documents must be submitted by this time

May TBD: Interviews for Richardson finalists

Early-May: Invitations to Scholarship Foundation Awards Ceremony emailed and mailed

May 16: Scholarship Foundation Awards Ceremony at Sebastian River High School Performing Arts Center (attendance required for invited recipients)



Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County
Address: PO Box 1820, Vero Beach, FL 32961-1820  Phone:772-569-9869   Fax: 772-770-6181
Email: info@SFIndianRiver.org