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Scholarships 101

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Golden Key

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Scholarships 101

Who is eligible to apply for a Golden Key scholarship?
Any Golden Key member can apply for scholarships and awards. Each scholarship has its own unique requirements.
How can I apply?
Visit the Golden Key website and follow the steps to fill out an application. Let's walk through them...
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Golden Key members can apply for any number of scholarships each year as long as the requirements for each scholarship are met.
1. Go to the Golden Key website at https://www.goldenkey.org
2. Find "Scholarships and Awards" on the drop-down menu, then click on "Listing."
3. Scroll down to view the scholarship listings.
4. The pull-down bar allows you to view scholarships available based on your location.
5. Find the scholarship you wish to apply for.
6. Click on scholarship to pull up the requirements and details.
When can I apply?
Deadline dates vary by program, so applicants should check the Golden Key website for more information.
So I can use the same application to apply to numerous scholarships?
No. Applicants must fill out the specific online applications for each scholarship/award they wish to apply for.
Do I need to be an active Golden Key member to apply for a scholarship?
Not necessarily. Some scholarships do, however, factor in Golden Key involvement as a selection criteria.
Do I have to be in a specific major field of study/faculty to apply for a Golden Key scholarship?
No. Golden Key scholarships are available to Golden Key members of any major field of study/faculty.
How and when will I receive notification?

Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent by email approximately 90-120 days past a deadline. Winners will be notified via email by Golden key Headquarters. All non-winning applicants will be notified via email by ISTS.

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Where and when should I send my supporting documents?
Upload your required documents online within the application. If you do not follow the instructions exactly, your application may not be considered. Your submission must be complete by the stated deadline.
How do I know if my application is complete?
'Started'- you have not completed and submitted the online application.

'Online Submitted'- the online portion of your application has been submitted, but any required attachments or supplements (like transcripts or recommendations) have not been verified.

'Complete'- all required pieces of your application have been received.
What if I need to make changes to my application?
You may log back into the application and make changes at any time until the deadline. After the deadline you will be able to access a read-only copy of your application.
Can I receive feedback on my application if I do not win?
No. Winners are selected by an impartial selection committee. Items submitted will not be returned. We encourage you to apply for more scholarships in the future.
Who selects the scholarship winners?
The program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.
If you have additional questions...
Contact ISTS by email at goldenkey@applyists.com or by phone at 855-670-4787. When sending an email, please include the name of the scholarship program.
Golden Key's
Are scholarships given at each local chapter?
Yes, local chapters award scholarships to chapter members. These scholarships are called the Golden Key Chapter Scholarships. The local chapter leadership chooses the scholarship requirements and selects the recipients. It is not done through the Golden Key website. Please contact your chapter leadership or your University Relations Officer/ Associate Director for more information.
When does the online application process close?
All applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm CST on the deadline date. For example, if the scholarship deadline date is 1 April 2014, your application must be submitted by 11:59pm CST on 1 April 2014. Scholarship applications will not be accepted after the deadline date.
7. Select the "CLICK HERE" link to go to the application.
8. This will take you to the application log-in page where you may log in or create an account.
9. Once logged in, you will be directed to the ISTS homepage. Click on the link that says "Apply for a scholarship/award."
11. You are then directed to a screen to fill out the application. We will use the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship as an example.
10. You will then see a page where you will type in the program key of the scholarship you wish to apply for. The program key is found on the scholarship details page of the Golden Key website.
12. The second tab that says "Applicant" is where you will fill out your personal information.
13. The third tab, "Academics", will direct you to the part of the process where you give your academic history.
14. The fourth tab is the "Resume" page. Here you will list your extracurriculars, honors/awards and service hours. You must fill out this page even if you are attaching a resume.
15. The fifth tab titled "Personal Statement" is where you will attach your personal statement and supporting documents.
16. The sixth tab will direct you to the "Recommendation" screen where you will upload letters of recommendation or request online recommendation forms.
17. Finally, you will go to the "Save/Submit" page to submit your form.
To check on the status of your application, visit
. You may need to allow two weeks after uploading documents for your online status to update.
For more information...
Go to the Golden Key website at www.GoldenKey.org
and click on 'How to Apply and Results'
Scholarship Information Video
"Winning Golden Key International Honour Society’s Undergraduate Achievement Award is a great honor. I am very happy to be a member of an organization whose goals are parallel to my own. Earning this scholarship has reaffirmed my abilities and will aid me in the attaining of my goals."

- Kylen Hughes, Mercer University
“I am honored to be a recipient of the Golden Key Alumni Professional Development Grant! This award will allow me to get specialized training which will greatly benefit the countless students I work with every day in my job as an English teacher in Bonn, Germany. I am grateful to the Golden Key International Honour Society for its continued support throughout my academic career and beyond!”
-Meera Varghese, University of Alberta
“This award couldn’t have come at a better time; I am so elated and humbled to be a recipient of the Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award. Without these funds, I really considered putting graduate school on hold, but with this scholarship I can complete my graduate studies with confidence and free of financial worry. Thank you again!”

- Debbie Manigat, Palm Beach Atlantic University
“I am incredibly honoured to receive the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship. This will contribute immensely to my studies in Psychology, as I continue the path towards fulfilling my passion for helping people. The knowledge and experience gained during my studies will be invaluable not only to my community but internationally. Thank you to Golden Key for supporting me on this journey."
- Ashlee Hemi, University of Waikato
"I feel very honored and grateful to Golden Key for awarding me this scholarship; it makes an enormous contribution to my capacity to live and study independently on exchange."
-Daniel Lynch, Australian National University
Here's what a few winners had to say...
Golden Key Scholarship Program
Thank You!
We hope that you have found the information helpful. We look forward to seeing your application come through soon!
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to realize my dream of studying abroad. My overseas experience was life-changing and opened many doors for me. I truly appreciate the Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship and the support, encouragement, and confidence it has given me.”
- Anthony Escobedo, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
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