This page is your resource for frequently asked questions about the Folds of Honor scholarship process. You’re welcome to contact our scholarship department if you don’t find your questions answered below.


General Scholarship Questions

I’m interested in a scholarship. How do I apply? Who can apply? What do I need to apply?

All scholarship offers for the 2018-2019 academic year have been awarded. The application window for the 2019-2020 academic year will open at 9:00 AM EDT on Friday, February 1, 2019 and close at 6:00 PM EDT on Monday, April 1st, 2019. Please click on the checklist for (Children’s Fund) or (Higher Education) to help prepare you for the upcoming application window.

The Folds of Honor scholarship is based on unmet need. What is an “unmet need”?

“Unmet need” as defined by Folds of Honor, is the portion of your tuition, fees, on-campus dormitory housing (Higher Ed), on-campus meal plans (Higher Ed) and required textbooks for the term that are not covered by other sources of awards or financial aid.

Do I have to maintain a certain grade point average to qualify for the Higher Education scholarship?

Folds of Honor scholarship requirements dictate that a 2.0 grade point average for each term is required. If the term GPA falls below 2.0, you will be put on academic probation with FoH. You will still be awarded the second half of the scholarship, provided you complete the requirements for the check-in process. However, you will need to provide us with another transcript at the end the next term to show that your GPA has improved to 2.0 or better to be eligible to be considered for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please be looking for an email from FoH with more details. If you have a 2.0 GPA or below for two consecutive terms, your scholarship will be revoked, and you will not be eligible to re-apply with FoH until you can maintain a 2.0 GPA for 2 consecutive terms.

Are there expenses not allowed under the Higher Education scholarship?

The Folds of Honor scholarship cannot be used for the following: off-campus housing (any housing NOT billed through the bursar), Greek housing or fees, computers (accessories), special field (nursing, teaching) exams, student insurance (usually over $1000), previous semester (year) charges, parking/transportation passes, sports tickets, credits/bucks to the bookstore/campus, application fees, etc.

Can my Higher Education Scholarship be used all in one semester?

The Folds of Honor Scholarship Guidelines require that the payment be up to $2500 per term. The funds cannot be paid in one lump sum. Folds of Honor offers three payment windows to utilize the scholarship funds. Payment windows are July – August (fall), December – January (spring), April – May (summer).

How do I know if my school or tutoring service will be approved for payment?

The institution selected by the recipient/guardian must be accredited. Our third-party vetting organization will determine eligibility according to IRS guidelines that we must adhere to. We do not have a ‘list’ of approved vendors and we do not do any ‘off cycle’ vetting of institutions. We encourage you to apply when our application window is open.

Do I need to complete an application for each of my children or can I just do one?

You can create one Folds of Honor scholarship account with one email address, but you must complete an application for each student/applicant that you are interested in receiving funds for. Once you create the account and log in, you will see the scholarships description page (Higher Education for college funds and Children’s Fund for private school and tutoring funds). To the right of each type of scholarship we offer you will see a ‘start a new application’ button. A pop-up box will appear when you click to start each application; here you can name your application by student for easier tracking throughout the application process. Once this application is completed you can hit the search button to go back to the scholarship description page to start a new application.

If my children are offered the scholarship to attend private school, how is the scholarship paid?

Once the scholarship is accepted and an invoice is submitted, a check (up to $5000) for the entire academic year can be processed in the fall.

If my children are offered the scholarship to receive tutoring services, how is the scholarship paid?

Once the scholarship is accepted and an invoice is submitted, a check (up to $2500) for the first half of the academic year can be processed in the fall. A check-in is completed in December to initiate the second half (up to $2500) of the award for the spring.

May I select anyone to provide tutoring for my children?

You may select any business or organization that meets the eligibility criteria under IRS guidelines. Because we serve families nationwide, we do not publish a list; however, common businesses selected by several of our families include Mathnasium, Kumon Math & Reading Centers, and Sylvan Learning Centers.

What are the changes to the 2019-2020 application?

Some of the changes include:
*If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, we will extend to the following business day.
*Deadline time is now 6:00 pm EST so we can be in-office to serve you as the deadline approaches.
*18-19 recipients – shorter application.
*Pre-qualification questions to better determine eligibility and application type.
*Children’s Fund – we are no longer able to support homeschool applicants.
*Higher Education – awards are limited to 4 academic years (previous years awarded will be counted).
*Higher Education – Part-time (less than 12 hours per semester) awarded at half – $2500 per academic year.

I’m attending college and ready to use my Future Use Scholarship. What do I do?

If you have a Future Use Scholarship that has not been used, please complete a Higher Education Scholarship application.

Troubleshooting/Community Force Questions

I forgot my password. How do I reset it?

If you have not registered with us since 2015: We have a new application system. You will need to create a new account at fohscholarships.communityforce.com. Please scroll to the bottom of the landing page until you see the ‘create new account’ button.
If you have registered with us since 2016:
Please go to fohscholarships.communityforce.com and use the email you used to set up the application. Click on “Forgot Password” and a box will pop up. Re-enter your email address and hit the “Submit” button. You will then be able to reset your password. *If you do not receive an email with instructions to re-set your password you have not entered the correct email address associated with the account.
An example is listed below:

I can’t login. What’s wrong?

Please make sure you are at fohscholarships.communityforce.com. Once there, please login using the email address and password that was used to create the account. We have found that the portal works best using Google Chrome and a desktop or laptop computer (not a Mac).

I need to update my address and personal information. How can I do that?

Go to fohscholarships.communityforce.com and log in using your current email and password. Once you are logged in please click on the arrow next to ‘welcome, your name’ in the top right-hand corner of the page. From there you will click on ‘edit contact info’ in the drop-down menu.

Children’s Fund Questions

May I select anyone to provide tutoring for my children?

You may select any business or organization that meets the eligibility criteria under IRS guidelines. Because we serve families nationwide, we do not publish a list; however, common businesses selected by several of our families include Mathnasium, Kumon Math & Reading Centers, and Sylvan Learning Centers.

How do I know if my school or tutoring service will be approved for payment?

The institution selected by the recipient/guardian must be accredited. You can usually verify this information by visiting the academic institution’s website. If you are still unsure, please call the academic institution for more information. Our third-party vetting organization will determine eligibility according to IRS guidelines that we must adhere to. We do not have a ‘list’ of approved vendors and they do not do any ‘off cycle’ vetting of institutions.

If my child is offered the scholarship to attend private school, how is the scholarship paid?

Once the scholarship is accepted and an invoice is submitted, a check (up to $5000) for the entire academic year can be processed in the fall.

If my child is offered the scholarship to receive tutoring services, how is the scholarship paid?

Once the scholarship is accepted and an invoice is submitted, a check (up to $2500) for the first half of the academic year can be processed in the fall. A check-in is completed in December to initiate the second half (up to $2500) of the award for the spring.

Do I have to complete a check-in?

You must complete the check-in 2 section on your dashboard on your online portal at fohscholarships.communityforce.com. The process begins in December each year and will close the following January. A courtesy reminder email will be sent mid-November to prepare you for this check-in. Additional instructional email reminders are sent throughout the check-in window. You must complete this prior to funds being issued to your institution for your second semester. You must upload a Spring 2019 invoice, a completed (with grades) fall school report card, and an official progress report from the tutoring company. Please remember to click the “submit” button. If you received a scholarship for private school, the entirety of your award was sent to your institution in the fall.

Application Questions

In the essay section of the application, there are six essay questions and two of the questions are the same. Is that correct?

You should only have 3 essay questions. Please fill out the application sections in the order they are presented. That will ensure the proper progression of logic attached to the application.

I uploaded the wrong form/information in the application…..can I email the correct document?

If any additional information is needed after our review of the application we will contact you via the registered email on the application account. At that time, you will be provided with instructions on how to go back to your application to correct the information that we might need. We appreciate your diligence and your patience. Please check your registered email account regularly for more information.

I’m now planning on attending a different school than I originally listed in the application. How do I make changes?

If a scholarship award is offered, you will be sent a “Scholarship Acceptance” invitation email that will have further instructions on how to complete a check-in section and update this information. At that time, you will change the name and address of your school, by marking “YES, I HAVE CHANGED SCHOOLS”. The fall term statement of account, fall term financial aid statement and fall class schedule should all come from the new institution (school) you will attend and will need to be uploaded into the check-in section by you.

When will I be notified if I received a scholarship?

All scholarship offers (and denials) for the 2019-2020 academic year will be sent in July 2019 Please check the email address that the account was registered under for an email from [email protected].

My application says it’s “Pending Submission”. Why hasn’t the money been sent to my school?

This means the application was never submitted and remains in “Pending Submission” status. Unfortunately, we are unable to award pending applications and therefore, no scholarship monies will be issued for the academic year.

Children’s Fund Check-in 1 (Scholarship Acceptance) Questions

I have changed my mind/my needs have changed and I will not need the funds offered from FOH.

You will be emailed an Official Scholarship Offer Letter from Folds of Honor that has detailed instructions and guidelines to follow. Please make sure you read this letter carefully and follow the directions contained within. You’ll also need your private school itemized tuition statement of account to upload in your check-in 1 section of the online portal.

I’ve been offered a private school scholarship! Now what?

We appreciate you alerting us of your situation change. Please login at fohscholarships.communityforce.com and complete the Scholarship Acceptance Form/Check-in 1 section to reflect your decision. There is a button on your dashboard to ACCEPT or DECLINE. Please click the DECLINE button. This will help us to better track our funds and award other deserving families. If your need should change, please consider applying with us again next year between February 1 – April 1.

Can you verify all of my documents are correct?

We cannot verify any documentation before we start reviewing the information. Once reviewed, if any information is incorrect or incomplete, we will contact you via the registered email address on the account. You can monitor the award by clicking on the Award Status Information section on your applicant dashboard. This section will always display 0% because you did not have to complete it. It is necessary for you to click on the icon to see the information contained within the section. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to process your payment.

How long does it take the school to get my check?

Once you submit your check-in 1 section, it can take up to 21 business days to verify your documents for payment in our office. The information is then sent to our check writers for processing. Once written, it can take an additional 14-21 business days to reach the business office at your school. Wait times can be longer in peak processing periods. We are working as quickly as we can to process thousands of awards. In the meantime, it’s very important that you follow the instructions given by printing and taking your award email to your financial aid office so they can add our scholarship as pending or anticipated aid on your account By doing so, this action will act as a placeholder on your account and your school should not drop your classes or make demands for payments while waiting for our funds to arrive.

My school says the check has not been received. Can I get another one issued?

We have found that several schools do not realize the Folds of Honor scholarship checks are written by our vetting organization, Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF). We ask you to verify that your check number and the amount of your award has not been received by the business office. That information is available to you on your dashboard under the Award Status Information icon. If, after 6 weeks, your check has not been received, we will verify the check has not cleared by our bank with TCF and begin the process of voiding the previous check and reissuing a new one.

Why was my payment to the school less than $5000 (offered amount)? I thought I got a $5000 scholarship?

The Folds of Honor scholarship is not a flat amount scholarship. The award amount is based on your unmet need, so if your unpaid balance is $500 for eligible expenses, that is the amount that will be awarded on your behalf.

How can I see if my scholarship funds have been sent to my school?

You can monitor the payment progress on your applicant dashboard by clicking on the Award Status Information icon. Simply log in and click on the ‘dollar sign’ icon on your dashboard. This enables you to view the check information. This icon will always display 0% because you do not enter information in this section. If the check information contained within the section shows $0, it means we have not reviewed the information yet or we have requested additional information. We appreciate your patience.

Higher Education Check-in 2 (Mid-year) Questions

How does my Term 2 (Spring 2019) award get sent? I got my Fall 2018 portion.

You must complete the check-in 2 section on your dashboard in your online portal at fohscholarships.communityforce.com. The process begins in December each year and will close the following January. A courtesy reminder email will be sent mid-November to prepare you for this check-in. Additional instructional email reminders are sent throughout the check-in window. You must complete this prior to funds being issued to your school for your second term.

I did not go to school in the Fall semester. What happens to that money? (spring and summer terms)

You must complete the check-in 2 section on your dashboard on your online portal at fohscholarships.communityforce.com to be eligible for the term 2 (spring) payment. Additionally, you must complete the check-in 3 section on your dashboard on your online portal at fohscholarships.communityforce.com to be eligible for the term 3 (summer) payment. Completing these sections will ensure your eligibility to receive the full amount of your scholarship, should the statement of account reflect that unmet need.

I am transferring to another school at the end of the semester. How do I make the change so that my scholarship will go to the new institution?

You must complete the check-in 2 section on your dashboard on your online portal at fohscholarships.communityforce.com. In the section you will find a question that asks if you are attending a new school for that term. Please answer “yes”. In the school information, please enter your new school name and mailing address. You will then complete the steps as outlined in the check-in 2 email by uploading an official fall transcript from your previous school, an itemized statement of account with all charges for the spring from the new school, a financial aid statement for spring from the new school, and a spring class schedule from your new school to complete this process.

Can you verify all of my documents are correct?

Thank you for your 2nd check-in submission. However, we cannot verify any documentation before we start reviewing the information. Once reviewed, if any information is incorrect or incomplete, we will contact you via the registered email address on the account. You can monitor the award by clicking on the Award Status Information section on your Applicant Dashboard. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to process your payment.

How long will it take for the school to get my check?

We anticipate the process will take 14-21 business days after completing your Check-in 2, pending no new requests for information on your account. After processing in our office completes, the information will move to our check issuing foundation where it will take an additional 7-14 business days to be written and mailed via USPS first class mail to your school. Please make sure you are monitoring your registered email for updates on your account.
To monitor payment information, click on the ‘dollar sign’ icon on your dashboard. This enables you to view the check information. This icon will always display 0% because you do not enter information in this section. If the check information contained within the section shows $0, it means we have not reviewed the information yet or we have requested additional information. We appreciate your patience as we complete the process.

How can I see if my scholarship has been sent to my school?

You can monitor the payment progress on your applicant dashboard by clicking on the Award Status Information icon. Simply log in and click on the ‘dollar sign’ icon on your dashboard. This enables you to view the check information. This icon will always display 0% because you do not enter information in this section. If the check information contained within the section shows $0, it means we have not reviewed the information yet or we have requested additional information. We appreciate your patience.

My school operates on a quarter system, how should I submit my information in the check-in 2 section?

You will submit your fall official transcript (complete with grades and term GPA), winter statement of account, winter financial aid statement, and winter course schedule. We will have an additional check-in that opens April. At that time, you may submit your spring information for payment, should you have remaining funds from your total award for the academic year.

I thought I submitted my CK2, but I keep getting reminder emails?

Upon checking your online portal, it has been determined that although you completed your check-in 2 section, you did not hit the ‘submit’ button. Please go back into your portal and do so immediately to submit the information to us.

I will not have my schedule/invoice/financial aid by the (posted) deadline. What should I do?

As the deadline approaches, if you find that you are unable to obtain the required documentation, please email [email protected]. Written communication is critical to Folds of Honor!

How do I include my required textbooks for payment/reimbursement?

You will need to provide a cart (or suspended transaction) through your school’s bookstore with the required textbooks that correspond with your courses. This type of transaction must be through your school’s bookstore. Otherwise, you can buy your textbooks at your school’s bookstore and have them billed and included on your school’s bursar account. We can then send a check directly to your school to cover the cost of books. If you include a range of book prices, we will include the lowest provided.
If your school does not offer this option, you may purchase your books at your desired vendor and provide the detailed receipt from the vendor and the method of payment (credit card, bank statement, etc.) in your check-in. You must also provide the name and email address of someone in the billing office at your school that we can contact to inform them of the reimbursement once it arrives at the school.

How do I get reimbursed for an out-of-pocket payment?

To initiate a reimbursement of out-of-pocket payments on your account, we need the following:
1. an updated statement of account that shows a zero balance. This can be uploaded using the additional upload bar.
2. a copy of the statement of the method in which you paid your balance, I.E. credit card statement, bank statement, canceled check, etc. This can be uploaded using the additional upload bar.
3. the name and email address of someone in the billing office at your school that we can contact to inform them of the reimbursement; please enter this information in the fields under the optional upload 5.

My school says the check has not been received. Can I get another one issued?

We have found that several schools do not realize the Folds of Honor scholarship checks are written by our vetting organization, Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF). We will ask you to verify that your check number and the amount of your award has not been received by the business office. That information is available to you on your dashboard under the Award Status Information icon. If, after 6 weeks, your check has not been received, we will verify the check has not cleared by our bank with TCF and begin the process of voiding the previous check and reissuing a new one.


If you didn’t find your questions in the provided list above, please contact the Folds of Honor scholarship department at (918) 274-4700 or email us at [email protected]. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.