Scholarship F.A.Q

How to Apply?

Review Your Eligibility.
To ensure that you are eligible to apply for the Robateau-Epps Fund Scholarship and that you can meet all deadlines, please review the sections “Who Can Apply” and “Award Conditions & Benefits.”

Review the Application.
The Robateau-Epps Fund Scholarship online application will be available January 15, 2013. All 2013 applicants must use the online application; the Robateau-Epps Fund will not accept paper applications.

The application consists of:

An 7-question application form;

An 400-word essay on significant challenge or opportunity within your field of study that has  implications for public policy or socio-cultural configurations;

A current, official college/graduate/professional school transcript and transcripts for other colleges/graduate/professional schools attended for academic credit;

Three letters of recommendation, one should attest to the applicant’s intellectual acumen, one should attest to the applicant’s character, and one should attest to the applicant’s potential in his/her intended career. 

In addition, Native American and Alaska Native students must submit copies of relevant enrollment forms or descent documentation. Members of the First Nations of Canada must submit proof of U.S. permanent residency. U.S. permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent resident ("green") card and a letter of intent to declare U.S. citizenship (First Nations members excepted).

Prepare Your Application.

The Robateau-Epps Fund Scholarship is a highly competitive award. We advise that each applicant review his or her application several times to for quality and depth of content, proper use of English grammar and style, and pertinence and focus of content.

Tips for All Students:

Work closely with a colleague qualified to review and edit your submission. Ask them for feedback on your short essay answers and essay.

Articulate clearly your career "path" or field (though not necessarily a specific profession). Be clear about what issues you want to engage and how your experiences are preparing you to make the intended impact.

Tell a cohesive "story" beginning with the career goal statement and supported by activities, research, jobs/internships, transcripts, letters, and the essay.

Use the short essay answers to demonstrate your commitment, depth of knowledge, passion, and proven leadership regarding your chosen career path.

Demonstrate a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building. Convince the readers that you're going to make a difference.

Request your transcripts well in advance. Remember that you'll also need to submit transcripts from any colleges or universities that you attended before your current school (except for courses taken during high school).

Briefly identify and explain any activities or honors that readers are unlikely to understand.

Alert the Robateau-Epps Fund to any unusual circumstances or hardship that may have affected your academic performance or limited your activities.