Q: Will all applicants be notified whether or not they have been awarded a Proton OnSite scholarship or innovation award?
A: No. Only the winner(s) will be notified.
Q: Will I still be eligible for the scholarship if I decide to delay starting college for a year or if I take off a year for non-academic activities during the time I am enrolled in school?
A: No. The scholarship is intended for students who plan to attend four consecutive years of college starting the year the scholarship is awarded. To be eligible to receive scholarship funds in future years, as stated in the Rules and Guidelines, the student must have met the minimum academic requirements during the previous academic year. If there is no academic record, the scholarship becomes void from failure to meet the requirements for eligibility.
Q: Can you guarantee confidentiality for submitted letters of recommendation? That is, the applicant should never be able to see any letters regardless of whether or not they win a scholarship or innovation award.
A: Yes, confidentiality is guaranteed.
Q: Would you prefer I submit my application and other materials all at once, or separately?
A: The hard copy Application Packet must be submitted all at once and in order, and you must provide FIVE (5) copies. Download the Application Packet Instructions to learn more.
Q: If I mail everything in the same envelope how will I know when/if all my information has been received?
A: If you're concerned that your application won't arrive on time, please simply mail it early to allow enough time for the postal service to deliver it. You can also mail it as certified mail, which gives you options for tracking delivery.
Q: How many scholarships and innovative idea awards will be awarded this year?
A: We intend to award one 4-year scholarship (worth up to $100,000 for 4 years) or a single one-time business grant of up to $50,000. It is possible that more awards may be made based on the quality of the applicants.
Q: Is there a fee to apply for this program?
A: No, there is no fee to apply.
Q: How many people apply to this scholarship annually?
A: In 2012, we had approximately 650 applicants.
Q: Can a citizen of a country other than the United States apply for this scholarship? (I have a great passion for engineering!)
A: No. Unfortunately the Proton OnSite Scholarship Program is only open to U.S. citizens as stated in the rules:
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