FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply, students must be:

  • Black American
  • Incoming college freshman/current high school senior, or a student transferring from a two-year program into a four-year program in Fall 2022
  • Eligible for Federal Pell Grant funding
  • Able to show proven financial need
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolling in an accredited, not-for-profit four-year institution
  • Pursuing a degree in civil, electrical, mechanical, or chemical engineering, including any subfield of those disciplines
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*Eligibility for Federal Pell Grant funding is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education after a student submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information regarding eligibility, visit the FAFSA4caster.

When is the application deadline?

The application period to receive funding for the 2022/2023 academic year is now open. All applications must be received by January 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

When are recipients notified and when are funds disbursed?

Scholarship recipients for the 2022/2023 academic year will be notified in April 2022 and funds will be dispersed directly to the university in Fall 2022.

I obtained a General Education Development (GED) diploma. Am I eligible?

No. The Black American Engineering Scholarship Award is for students with a high school diploma. Although you are not eligible for this scholarship with a GED diploma, the following websites may be helpful: College Board Scholarship Search and College Greenlight

May I attend any four-year college or university I want for this scholarship?

Not necessarily. Institutions must meet certain criteria: Students must attend a public or private college or university that is an accredited, four-year, not-for-profit institution.

If I am enrolled in an Associate’s Degree program at a community college with plans to transfer to a four-year institution, am I eligible?

Yes! You may apply for the Black American Engineering Scholarship if you meet the criteria and have an AA degree or are transferring to a four-year university that is accredited and not-for-profit.

Is my scholarship funding affected if I am selected but need to take a year off from school?

Should the need arise, a scholarship recipient may seek approval from the scholarship committee to defer to the next period of study, for up to one year. No scholarship funds will be dispersed during the deferment period.

How will I receive my scholarship money?

Funds are paid directly to the university.

What expenses can be paid with scholarship funds?

Selected candidates receive substantial assistance that is designed to close the financial gap left after the Pell Grant is used for tuition. The scholarship funding can be applied to school expenses like books, fees, and room and board.

Will I have to pay taxes on my scholarship?

You may. Whether or not you’ll owe taxes on the scholarship as income depends on how funds are used. Visit this IRS page for more information and consult a tax professional for guidance.

What if my total expenses are more than $10,000?

The scholarship will pay up to $10,000 per academic year, but not over that amount.

What happens if my expenses are less than $10,000?

The Black American Engineering Scholarship will provide funds up to $10,000; it is not a $10,000 flat award. Any amount for tuition, room and board, books, and educational fees that is less than $10,000 will be covered by the scholarship. As a flexible scholarship, the funds are controlled by the university and dispersed as needed. Scholars whose expenses exceed $10,000 will need to provide proof that they can cover the remaining costs.

What will I need to do to remain eligible for the Black American Engineering Scholarship funding for four years of an undergraduate degree?

To remain eligible, you must submit:

  • A completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to each academic year.
  • Transcripts showing that you are continuing to meet your institution’s academic requirements, at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Enrollment Verification forms dated the day after the start of each new term.
  • Obtain a satisfactory performance review from your mentor and the scholarship committee at the end of each academic year.

What does the mentorship program entail? Will I have to find my own mentor?

The mentorship component of the scholarship is an organized program that may include formal and informal extra-curricular events, training, networking, and socializing to provide the best possible outcomes for career success and to shape the professional identity and career goals of each scholar.

Mentors also offer one-on-one sessions and guidance. At the start of the program, each recipient will be assigned a mentor based on professional interests and personal goals. The scholarship committee will communicate directly with the scholars regarding details of mentor assignments and the program itself.

What happens after I apply?

You will receive an email confirmation after your application has been submitted. Finalists will be contacted to schedule a phone interview, then scholarship winners will be chosen and notified by April 2022.

I am pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Do I qualify?

You might. The scholarship focuses on developing students pursuing the classical engineering fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering and any subfield of these specific disciplines. If your degree falls under your university’s college of engineering, you qualify for the Black American Engineering Scholarship.

What subfields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering qualify?

Civil Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Controls Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Composites Engineering
Electrical Engineering
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  • Energy/Power Systems Engineering
  • Data Networks
  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Microelectronics Engineering
Chemical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Paper/Plastics Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics (Also found under Mechanical Engineering)
In addition, fields such as Nuclear Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Industrial Engineering also qualify. If your degree of interest is not listed here but is still housed under your desired university’s College of Engineering, please reach out to info@thehelpingproject.org.

How do I access my Student Aid Report (SAR) from my FAFSA documentation?

If you have an FSA ID, you can view your SAR by:

  1. Selecting “Log In” on the FAFSA home page;
  2. Entering your FSA ID
  3. Selecting “View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)” from the “My FAFSA” page.

For more information, visit https://studentaid.gov/help/view-sar.

How do I submit my recommendation letters?

You have the opportunity to upload your recommendation letters through the online application. Alternatively, recommendation letters can be emailed to info@thehelpingproject.org with the subject line “Recommendation Letter for (student name)”.

Recommendation letters can also be mailed to:

The Helping Project
Attn: Black American Engineering Scholarship Award
1180 Ponce De Leon Blvd. #201 
Clearwater, FL 33756

If I am awarded this scholarship, will I receive all $10,000?

The amount received by the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award will depend on the policies of your chosen university and their offered financial aid package.

Some universities might displace school-issued aid when students receive third-party scholarships, while others may have the opportunity to add scholarships onto your total financial aid package. Our staff will work with your financial aid officer to ensure you are receiving the highest possible amount of financial support.

Still have questions?

Fill out the form below or email The Helping Project team at info@thehelpingproject.org with any other questions you have about the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award.

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