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General Scholarship Information and Application Checklist

Application Requirements

Applicants must be citizens of the United States to apply for a scholarship offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.  Applicants must also attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required, however, applicants may want to reach out to a DAR chapter in their area for help with their applications. 

Important Information

  • Applicants should submit their scholarship applications for the 2020 academic year using the DAR's new on-line process from August 1, 2019 through February 15, 2020 at 12 midnight (Eastern Standard Time). 
  • To access the DAR Scholarship Committee's online scholarship application portal, click here.
  • The scholarship application portal is not to be used when applying for the American Indian Scholarships or the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contests.  Those scholarship applications must be sent to different addresses for processing. 
  • DAR Scholarship Information and Application Checklist
  • Scholarship FAQs

Tips for Organizing and Preparing an Online Scholarship Application

Applicants should review the following information and use the application checklist (below) to organize and prepare their on-line scholarship application:

  • Enter and upload all of the required scholarship application information using the on-line application process (eg. personal statement, transcripts, activities, proof of citizenship).
  • Please do not submit personal photographs.  Inclusion of an applicant's photograph in any section of the application will result in disqualification.
  • Please do not submit handwritten documents. Inclusion of handwriting in any section of the application will result in disqualification.
  • Individuals providing letters of recommendation will be able to submit their information confidentially through the on-line application portal once applicants have set up their scholarship profile using the scholarship application submission process.
  • Applicants should obtain and submit a copy of their school transcript.  Applicants selected as scholarship recipients will be contacted to provide a sealed official transcript which will be sent to the DAR headquarters.
  • Check the listing of scholarships on the DAR website for special requirements for specific scholarships such as financial need information or letters of acceptance for special programs like nursing or medicine.  Refer to the specific scholarship links listed below.
  • Please direct any specific scholarship-related questions to the National Vice Chairman listed with each scholarship on the DAR Scholarship public website.

Application Checklist for Students

  • All submitted information is either typed or computer generated. 
  • Statement of 1,000 words or less setting forth your career objectives.
  • Most recent copy of your high school transcript (must indicate class rank, size, and test scores, if available) or college grades (as applicable). Major must be indicated on your most recent transcript where specific major required.  Home schooled students must include transcripts for grade nine through current year.
  • All scholarships with a minimum grade point average (GPA) are based on a 4.0 scaled or the equivalent GPA on the scale used by the applicable educational institution.
  • Letters of recommendation (at least two but not to exceed four from high school or college now attending).  Letters should convey your ability, work habits, integrity, character, potential, and volunteer activities.
  • List of your extra-curricular activities, honors received, and scholastic achievements (one side of a 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch piece of paper).
  • Photocopy of your United States citizenship: birth certificate, naturalization papers, or information page of United States Passport.  Cover your photograph.  If listed, please blackout social security numbers.
  • Information required by specific scholarships such as financial need information; or a letter of your acceptance into special program or transcript stating you are in a special program like nursing or medicine.  Refer to specific scholarship links below.

Specific Scholarship Links: