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Scholarship FAQs

Q: How are scholarship recipients selected?

A: Members and staff of the PDK International family of associations serve on review committees and select scholarship recipients.

Q: How and when will I hear if I received an award?

A: All applicants will be notified of their status by email from scholarships@pdkintl.org.  Prospective Educator and PLT applicants will be notified in mid-to-late June.  Graduate applicants will be notified in mid-to-late July. Make sure you provide an email address that you check regularly, and add scholarships@pdkintl.org to your address book so our communications don’t get lost in a spam folder!

Q: If I receive a scholarship, how do I get the award money?

A: If you receive a scholarship, we will ask you to complete PDK’s Scholarship Questionnaire to provide us with a variety of follow-up information, including your school’s address. Scholarship award checks are mailed directly to your educational institution, to be posted to your account and applied to tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 academic year (Sept 2018 – August 2019). Awards may not be applied to tuition and fees retroactively.

Q: I checked my account but it looks like PDK didn’t send my school the entire award.

A: Institutions may divide the total award across semesters. For example, if you received a $2000 scholarship, your school may have posted $1000 for the fall semester and $1000 for the spring semester. Please check with your bursar’s office to see if this happened to you.

Q:  I’m going to school part-time.  Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

A: There is no minimum credit hour requirement for part-time students. You can be taking as little as one class.

Q: I am not a U.S. Citizen.  Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

A:  Yes.  PDK is an international organization; there is no U.S. Citizenship requirement, and we do not ask about citizenship.

Q: I received an award last year.  Can I apply again?

A:  Yes.  You may re-apply every year that you meet the eligibility requirements – primarily that you are a member of the PDK family of associations, you are pursuing a career in education, and you are enrolled at least part-time at an educational institution. There may be additional criteria indicated that you must meet, as well.

Q: What happens if I receive a scholarship and it more than covers my tuition and fees?  Do I have to send it back?

A: No. In rare instances, the PDK funds awarded to you may cover more than the cost of attendance. If this is the case, any remaining balance of the award may be refunded by the academic institution directly to you for related educational expenses. PDK will work with you and your school to effect a refund. However, any overage refunded to you may be taxable.

Additional questions? Contact us at scholarships@pdkintl.org.