Below you will find many frequently asked questions. If you have a question that you do not see answered below, please email Meghan Ruona at

Did my application submit?

When you click the submit, you will see a green bar appear under the submit button that says your application submission was successful.

submit success

How do I attach large files?

If your essay, transcript or any other files are larger than the attachment size limit, please email them to She will ensure that the attachments are placed in your application file.

Is my school able to mail my transcript?

Yes. If your school has a policy against releasing transcripts to students, the school can mail the transcript to Meghan Ruona.


3530 Toringdon Way

Suite 204

Charlotte, NC 28277

How is bias eliminated from judging?

All applications are received by Meghan Ruona in the Home Office. She will number each application and redact personal information including name, contact info, school, and gender. The redacted applications will be sent to their respective communities.


Can a junior in high school apply?

Sadly, this scholarship opportunity is only open to high school seniors. The good news is that juniors can apply next year.

Can home school students apply?


Can I apply more than once?

No. Each applicant is limited to one application.

Can I apply to more than one community?

No. Even if an applicant is close to two communities, they can only submit one application.