Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible for a Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship?
  2. I am new to the idea of summer programs and scholarships. How does this work?
  3. Does the Joyce Ivy Foundation provide scholarships for study abroad programs?
  4. Does the Joyce Ivy Foundation provide scholarships for off-campus programs?
  5. Does the Joyce Ivy Foundation provide scholarships for online courses?
  6. Is there a limit on the length of the program I can attend?
  7. Can I be a Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar two years in a row?
  8. Are Joyce Ivy scholarships for low-income families only? How much support can I receive for my summer experience?
  9. When and where should I send my application materials?
  10. Who should complete my application?
  11. How many letters of recommendation should I send in?
  12. I sent you my completed application. Now what happens?
  13. What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?
  14. I'm in 9th grade. What are my chances of receiving a Joyce Ivy Summer Scholarship?
  15. Is it advantageous to submit my application earlier than it's due?
  16. 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?
  17. I want to apply to a summer program that's not on your pre-approved list. Can I do this?
  18. I am a male student. Am I eligible for a Joyce Ivy scholarship? Do you know of any similar scholarships available for males?
  19. Will status as a Joyce Ivy Foundation applicant or Summer Scholar influence my acceptance to a summer pre-college program?
  20. Should I also apply for financial aid from the institutions to which I am applying? What if the deadline for financial aid has already passed?
  21. If my application was accepted or rejected last year may I apply again? Is there an appeal process?
  22. Are JIF scholarship awards considered taxable income?
  23. What happens if my first or second choice program is full? May I defer a scholarship award to next year or use it for other purposes?

Who is eligible for a Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship?

Female students who are currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, and reside and attend school in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, are eligible for a Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. We expect to expand to other states in the Midwest in the future.

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I am new to the idea of summer programs and scholarships. How does this work?

Your first step should be to browse the summer program websites and choose a school and specific course(s) that you are interested in. The list of pre-approved Joyce Ivy Summer Programs is available online. You might pick based on a school you would love to attend, a city you would love to get to know, or a school that has a strong reputation for the subject you are interested in. After you pick your summer program and course(s), you should simultaneously work on the applications for the specific summer program, their financial aid office (if applicable), and the Joyce Ivy Foundation. 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 schools' deadlines are often different from the Joyce Ivy Foundation's deadlines. Make sure you submit an application to the summer program of your choice. The Joyce Ivy Foundation is not a substitute for a university's own admissions office.

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Does the Joyce Ivy Foundation provide scholarships for study abroad programs?

No, study abroad programs are not eligible for Joyce Ivy support.

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Does the Joyce Ivy Foundation provide scholarships for off-campus programs?

No, off-campus programs are not eligible for Joyce Ivy support.

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Does the Joyce Ivy Foundation provide scholarships for online courses?

No, online courses are not eligible for Joyce Ivy support. This includes online courses that are offered by schools on our pre-approved summer programs list.

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Is there a limit on the length of the program I can attend?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation does not support 1-week programs at any school. In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you must be applying to at least a 2-week program. We have found through years of scholar feedback that students have more fulfilling and rewarding experiences the longer they are on campus. The longest program on our pre-approved list is 8 weeks.

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Can I be a Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar two years in a row?

No. Excepting extenuating circumstances (illness, bodily harm, etc.), students will be named a Summer Scholar only once.

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Are Joyce Ivy scholarships for low-income families only? How much support can I receive for my summer experience?

No, Joyce Ivy scholarships are not only for low-income families. We encourage students from all types of backgrounds to apply. We have three funding levels-- full scholarships (for students who demonstrate financial need. Funding at this level includes tuition, room & board, travel, books, and a small stipend for your weeks spent on campus), partial scholarships (for students who demonstrate some financial need), and merit scholarships (a $1,000 award for students who do not demonstrate financial need). The application process is the same for all levels of awards. We will not know who is at what funding level until the new Summer Scholarship winners are finalized. All scholarships are paid directly to summer program offices.

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When and where should I send my application materials?

All components of your applicaitons should be submitted electronically (scanned or uploaded). If there are certain components that you are unable to submit electronically (e.g., a letter of recommendation that you cannot scan electronically), you may submit them to us by fax at 734.661.0229 or mail them to PO Box 2396, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. If you submit paper materials, please do not use staples.

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Who should complete my application?

Students should complete all components of the application. While we encourage interested parents to look over their student's application and suggest edits, we can tell if a parent has written an essay or been overly-involved in another part of the application. The Joyce Ivy Foundation's application process is very similar to the one that students will go through when they apply to college for their undergraduate education. Please consider this part of your education and know that this is a dry run for the real deal!

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How many letters of recommendation should I send in?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation requires at least one letter of recommendation, even if the pre-college program you are applying to does not require it. However, you may use the same letter of recommendation that you send in for the pre-college program application if it is required by your school of interest.

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I sent you my completed application. Now what happens?

Completed applications (including all supplementary materials) are due on March 1, 2019. You are welcome to submit anytime between December 1 and March 1. The Joyce Ivy Foundation will communicate scholarship decisions no later than April 30.

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What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship is competitive. All Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars have had GPAs of 3.7 or higher. Students are typically in the top 10%, if not 5%, of their class, and generally score in the 90th percentile or higher on the PSAT, SAT, PLAN, or ACT. In our decision process, we also place emphasis on extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, family circumstances, and many other variables.

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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 do not discourage applications from current 9th graders, please know that you will be competing against some of the top 10th and 11th graders in your state.

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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, there are a few ways doing so will benefit you. Financial aid that is available from the universities is used up very early in the year. Many schools run out by late January. Your chances of receiving additional financial aid from a summer program office is higher the earlier you get your application in. Additionally, if you submit your Joyce Ivy application at least a couple of weeks in advance of the deadline, we will have a chance to warn you if you are missing any application materials.

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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 online application to the Joyce Ivy Foundation which summer program is your first choice.

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I want to apply to a summer program that's not on your pre-approved list. Can I do this?

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.

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I am a male student. Am I eligible for a Joyce Ivy scholarship? Do you know of any similar scholarships available for males?

At this time, the Joyce Ivy Foundation offers scholarships for female students only. Unfortunately, we are not aware of any similar foundations that offer scholarships for males. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to a summer program's financial aid office, as that will increase the likelihood that you get aid.

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Will status as a Joyce Ivy Foundation applicant or Summer Scholar influence my acceptance to a summer pre-college program?

While the Joyce Ivy Foundation maintains relationships with many of the colleges and universities that offer approved pre-college programs, the summer programs offices at each institution have authority over admissions decisions. Additionally, being named a Summer Scholar does not guarantee a seat in a summer program that is over-enrolled or has a waitlist.

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Should I also apply for financial aid from the institutions to which I am applying? What if the deadline for financial aid has already passed?

All applicants to the Joyce Ivy Foundation must also apply to the summer program institution for financial aid if the institution makes financial aid available for high school students. For this reason and also because many popular programs quickly reach their enrollment quotas, it is in your best interest to apply to both the summer program and the Joyce Ivy Foundation as early in the process as possible. Financial aid deadlines vary by institution. If your first choice institution does not offer financial aid, or the deadline has passed, your application will still receive consideration by the Joyce Ivy Foundation. NOTE: Students applying to Brown do not need to apply for financial aid directly with Brown and will be considered for a partnership scholarship. It is Brown's policy that students who are being considered for a partnership scholarship may not also apply for a Dean's Scholarship.

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If my application was accepted or rejected last year may I apply again? Is there an appeal process?

You may apply in multiple years as long as you continue to meet the Pre-College Program eligibility requirements and have not attended a summer program with support from the Joyce Ivy Foundation in the past.

All decisions by the Directors of the Joyce Ivy Foundation with respect to the grants and amounts of Summer Scholarships are final. With the exception of a change in summer program enrollment as a result of being waitlisted for a course, there is no appeals process.

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Are JIF scholarship awards considered taxable income?

The IRS may consider part or all of a Summer Scholarship grant to be taxable. We recommend you contact your tax advisor to understand whether some or all of the Joyce Ivy Foundation scholarship is taxable.

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What happens if my first or second choice program is full? May I defer a scholarship award to next year or use it for other purposes?

A scholarship must be used during the summer it is awarded. A Summer Scholar may petition to attend a different summer program in situations where a first choice program is full, but the amount of the scholarship award will not be increased if a longer or costlier alternative program is chosen. Conversely, if a less expensive/shorter duration alternative is chosen, the amount of the summer tuition scholarship award will be reduced to a maximum of the full amount of the alternative program fee if the original scholarship tuition award exceeds the alternate program fee. Program tuition awards are paid directly to the institutions.

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