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Scholarship Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for the scholarships offered through the DAR Scholarship Committee?

  • Applicants must be a United States citizen.
  • Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Please review each scholarship for specific eligibility criteria.

Do you have to be a DAR member or related to someone in the organization to receive a DAR scholarship?

  • There are only two scholarships which require applicants to be the daughter or son of a DAR member. Those scholarships are the Lillian & Arthur Dunn Scholarship and the Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship.
  • Applicants must provide proof (their birth certificate) to demonstrate eligibility for these scholarships.

If scholarship applicants are the step-children of a DAR member, are they eligible to apply for the Lillian & Arthur Dunn Scholarship or the Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship?

  • Yes!  Applicants must provide proof (their parent’s marriage certificate) to demonstrate eligibility for the scholarship.

Do scholarship applicants need to have a DAR Chapter sponsor their applications?

  • Chapter sponsorship of scholarship applicants is no longer required, however applicants may want to reach out to a DAR chapter in their area for help with their applications. 

What type of students are eligible for scholarships offered through the DAR Scholarship Committee?

  • Applicants should carefully review the eligibility criteria for each scholarship to determine if they are eligible to apply.
    • For example, some scholarships are available to all types of students such as high school students or those currently enrolled in a college or university. 
    • While other scholarships have specific eligibility criteria requiring specific documentation such as current enrollment in a nursing program, a child of a DAR member, or a student pursuing a certain field of study.

Online Application Submission Process

How does an applicant apply for DAR Scholarship Committee scholarship using the new on-line submission process?

  • Applicants will use the DAR Scholarship Committee’s online submission process found on the DAR public site to submit their scholarship application.  The DAR Scholarship Committee’s direct URL link to the online application submission portal is
  • Once applicants have set up their scholarship profile, they will be able to complete their online scholarship application. 
  • If needed, applicants will be able to provide access to individuals wishing to submit confidential letters of recommendations or school transcripts. 

Submission of Required Documents

What if applicants do not have access to a computer to submit their applications or to a scanner to upload required scholarship application documents such as birth certificates or transcripts?

  • Encourage the applicants to seek assistance from their high school guidance counselors, counseling office, school administration or have them visit their local public library to access community computers.
  • DAR members or chapter may also want to contact local schools to offer assistance for students applying for DAR scholarships.

Does the transcript submitted with the application need to be an official transcript?

  • Applicants may submit an unofficial transcript at the time of application. 
  • If selected as a recipient of a scholarship, an official transcript must be submitted before payment of the scholarship is processed.  If an official transcript is not received by the requested date, the scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to the next qualified recipient.

Do all of the DAR scholarships require a Financial Need Form?

  • There are only three DAR scholarships that require a Financial Need Form to be submitted at the time of application.  The scholarships requiring the form are the Mildred Nutting Nursing Scholarship, the Caroline E. Holt Scholarship, and the Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship.  All other scholarships do not require the form.

Is it okay to submit other financial documents and information to show financial need?

  • Please limit information submitted to the questions asked on the financial need form.
  • Please do not submit additional financial documents or information to demonstrate financial need such as tax forms, bank statements, or other confidential financial information.

Can letters of recommendation or official transcripts be sent in separately from the application?

  • Yes! Individuals providing letters of recommendation or schools who only provide official transcripts will be able to submit their information confidentially using the on-line application process once applicants have set up their scholarship profile.

How should the “College/University” section of the application be completed if acceptance letters have not been received yet?

  • Please note “awaiting acceptance” or “undecided” in the application field.  If chosen as a scholarship recipient, this information will need to be provided at a later date.

Are the requirements for the GPA’s on a weighted or unweighted grading scale?

  • Depending on the grading system that the institution uses, it must be equivalent to a 4.0 on their grading system.  Institutions that use a “Pass/Fail” grading system must be able to provide some type of written documentation from the school (if requested by DAR) to prove their grading system.

General Questions

If applicants have questions about a specific scholarship who should they ask?

  • Applicants should contact the National Vice Chairman responsible for each scholarship. Their email addresses are listed on the Scholarships page on the public DAR site where all the scholarships are listed.

How and when will applicants be notified if they are selected as one of the winning recipients of a scholarship?

  • Only the applicants selected as the recipient of each scholarship will be notified by email no later than the second week of May.

When is the scholarship payment mailed to the applicant’s school/university?

  • All scholarship payments will be mailed out during the first week in August.  All of the requested information must be sent in by the deadline that is given when the recipient is notified that they are the recipient of the scholarship.