Scholarship Process

The Permanent Endowment awards scholarships each spring to Island residents seeking to further their education. Each of the scholarship funds administered by the Endowment has its own specific guidelines and eligibility requirements. To determine if any may be right for you, please review the information for each of our scholarship funds. You should indicate your preferences on our application checklist. Although students are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as are appropriate, generally only one scholarship will be awarded to a student. If you qualify, the Endowment may consider you for a scholarship you have not selected from the checklist as well. The Permanent Endowment’s application checklist includes the requirements for applying for support from all of the Endowment’s funds, and must be included with your application.

All scholarship applicants must submit an application and the required supporting materials to the Endowment by the posted deadline. There are separate applications for high school seniors and for students already enrolled in a college program.

Who can apply for a scholarship?

Any resident of Martha’s Vineyard who will be graduating from an accredited secondary school or an Island high school is eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Permanent Endowment.  In addition, residents who already are enrolled in college may apply.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Although students are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as are appropriate, generally only one scholarship will be awarded to a student. If you qualify, the Endowment may consider you for a scholarship you have not selected from the checklist as well.  The Permanent Endowment’s application checklist includes the requirements for applying for support from all of the Endowment’s funds and must be included with your application materials.

Do I need to apply to a specific scholarship fund?

Yes. Please indicate your preferences on the checklist you submit with your application. The information you provide will help guide the Endowment’s Board and staff in determining which fund or funds are most appropriate for you. All of the Permanent Endowment’s scholarships are awarded from individual funds with their own criteria.

How much financial support do your scholarships provide?

Scholarships generally range in size from $500 to $5,000 a year, depending upon a student’s need and the availability of funds.

Can I apply for financial aid from other sources
in addition to the Permanent Endowment?

Yes. In fact, students are encouraged to seek support from other sources, both public and private, to fund their college expenses.

Can I receive additional scholarships from the Permanent Endowment?

Yes.  Students who receive a scholarship upon graduation from high school are encouraged to apply for continuing support for the remainder of their college experience.  The Endowment does require that a new application be submitted for each year you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

What other useful steps can I take?

A useful step when applying for scholarships or financial aid is to file an application for federal student aid that is available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.  Information is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.   The Permanent Endowment requests the Expected Family Contribution figure from that filing, when available.

Scholarships

The Permanent Endowment awards scholarships each spring to Island residents seeking to further their education. Each of the scholarship funds administered by the Endowment has its own specific guidelines and eligibility requirements. To determine if any may be right for you, please review the information for each scholarship fund provided in the Our Funds section of this website. You should indicate your preferences on our application checklist.

For more information

Contact us at 508-338-4665 or by email, below.