Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for a Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship?
- Applicants must be female high school students in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, and a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Summer Scholars are academically high-achieving students who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2017. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar. Past Summer Scholars, who used their scholarships, are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.
I am a male student. Am I eligible for a Joyce Ivy scholarship?
- The Joyce Ivy Foundation offers scholarships for female students only. We recommend that you apply directly to the summer program(s) for financial aid.
I was named a Joyce Ivy Scholar before. May I apply again?
- No, except in extenuating circumstances – such as illness or injury – students will be named a Summer Scholar only once.
If I applied to the Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars program in the past, but was not selected, may I apply again?
- If you previously applied, but were not selected as a Scholar, you are welcome to apply again. Make sure you still meet the eligibility requirements and list your prior application on your current Joyce Ivy application.
SUMMER PROGRAM OPTIONS
I am new to the idea of summer programs and scholarships. How does this work?
- Joyce Ivy partners with a specific set of colleges and summer programs. The quality of the experience, inside and outside of the classroom, is important, and these partners also have a commitment to enrolling a diverse student body, including students from the Midwest, and make scholarship available. Review our set of summer program partners. You might pick a program based on a class that is offered, or because you are interested in that college or university, or because you are curious about what it is like to study in that part of the country. After you pick your summer program and course(s), you should simultaneously work on the applications for the specific summer program(s), including financial aid (if applicable), and the Joyce Ivy application. You do not need to wait to receive an acceptance notification from the university in order to apply to the Joyce Ivy Foundation. Make sure you are aware of all deadlines – the summer program deadlines are often different from the Joyce Ivy Foundation deadlines.
Are study abroad, off-campus, or online courses available for Joyce Ivy support?
- No, we have specific relationships established with our summer program and college partners. Please check the list carefully.
How long are the programs? May I participate in more than one?
- Supported programs are at least one-week in length. We are not able to divide a scholarship between different programs.
Do you ever make exceptions and allow scholarships to be used as summer programs that are not current Joyce Ivy partners?
- No, the Joyce Ivy Foundation has special partnerships in place with the colleges and universities on our list. These institutions offer academically rigorous summer program and have a demonstrated commitment to making their programs accessible to students from different backgrounds, geographic regions, and income levels. Through our special partnerships, we work closely with these programs to build scholarship packages.
When and where should I send my application materials?
- All components of your application should be submitted using the link provided to you after you create a Joyce Ivy applicant account online. This secure link is unique to you and can be used to submit your transcripts, test scores, tax information, financial aid applications, and letter(s) of recommendation. If you are unable to upload a document, you may submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at 734.661.0229. If you are unable to submit materials via one of these methods, please contact us.
Should I also apply for financial aid with the summer program?
- Applicants to the Joyce Ivy Foundation for need-based scholarship must also apply to the summer program institution for financial aid. The summer programs need these applications to calculate your partner scholarship. Many programs have limited funds that they award on a rolling basis, so be aware of deadlines and apply early. We also recommend that students apply to at least two summer programs to increase your financial aid and admission options. Students applying to Brown do not need to apply for financial aid directly with Brown and will automatically be considered for a partnership scholarship if you identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant. It is Brown's policy that students who are being considered for a partnership scholarship may not also apply for a Dean's Scholarship. Applicants applying for a merit-only award – typically with family income above $150,000 – do not need to apply for aid or provide Joyce Ivy with tax documents.
Who should complete my application?
- Students should complete all components of the application. While we encourage parents and guardians to assist in the process, the student should complete the application.
How many letters of recommendation should I send in?
- The Joyce Ivy Foundation requires one letter of recommendation. You may submit a letter of recommendation that was written for a summer program application.
Is it advantageous to submit my application earlier than it's due?
- While getting your application in well before the deadline does not have an effect on the final decision made by the Joyce Ivy Foundation, submitting it early does allow for it to be checked and notify you of any missing components. Applying early to the summer programs for admission and financial aid is also helpful because it allows Joyce Ivy and the summer program to track you as a Joyce Ivy applicant. Summer programs also usually award financial aid on a rolling basis, so there is more aid available the earlier you apply.
I want to apply to more than one summer program. Do I need to submit a new application to the Joyce Ivy Foundation for each program?
- No. You should only submit one application to the Joyce Ivy Foundation. Please indicate on your application which summer programs you have applied to – and don't forget to identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant on your summer program applications!
Does being a Joyce Ivy Foundation applicant or Summer Scholar influence my application to a summer program?
- The summer program offices at each institution have authority over admissions decisions. Being named a Joyce Ivy Scholar does not guarantee admission. Many of our partners do grant special status to Joyce Ivy applicants; however, their admissions, financial aid, and course selection process, is competitive. It is important to apply by the summer program deadlines or earlier, if possible.
I sent you my completed application. Now what happens?
- Completed applications (including all supplementary materials) are due on March 1, 2017. You are welcome to submit anytime between December 1 and March 1. The Joyce Ivy Foundation will send decision notifications via email on March 30 and the deadline for accepting the scholarship is April 20.
Are Joyce Ivy scholarships for low-income families only?
- We encourage students from all types of backgrounds to apply. We have two need-based funding levels: up to $6,000 (typically family income under $75,000) and up to $3,000 (typically family income between $75,000-$150,000). We also grant a small number of $1,000 merit-only awards for students with family income above $150,000. Joyce Ivy scholarships may be use in addition to any scholarship awarded directly by our summer program partners.
What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?
- The Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship is competitive. In our decision process, we consider a student's academic record, intellectual qualities, extracurricular involvements and leadership in her school and community. We also take into account family circumstances and we also consider how transformational the opportunity might be for the student (for example, if this will be the first opportunity to travel away from home).
I'm in 9th grade. What are my chances of receiving a Joyce Ivy Summer Scholarship?
- You are more likely to receive a Joyce Ivy Summer Scholarship as a 10th or 11th grader. While we sometimes select an exceptional 9th grader as a Summer Scholar, please know that you will be competing against some of the top 10th and 11th graders in your state.
How are final Joyce Ivy scholarship amounts calculated?
- Costs vary between summer programs, so first we need confirmation from a Summer Scholar about which program she plans to attend. When calculating the final Joyce Ivy scholarship amount, we take the summer program cost + $500 for travel + $75/week for spending and estimate a total cost of attendance. We then deduct the family contribution listed on the Joyce Ivy application, as well as any scholarship awarded by our summer program partner. The remaining balance is what we seek to cover with Joyce Ivy scholarship, up to the Scholars' level of eligibility ($3,000 or $6,000). The $1,000 merit-only awards are a set level.