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Career Development Scholarship FAQ

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    Who is eligible to apply?

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student who meets the following criteria:

    • You must be a full-time employee, spouse of a full-time employee, or a child of a full-time employee of firms which are members in good standing of the Food Processing Suppliers Association. The employee must have been employed by a member firm for at least one year as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded and must still be employed by a member firm when the scholarships are awarded.


    • You must be a part-time employee, spouse of a part-time employee, or a child of a part-time employee who worked a minimum of 1,000 hours per year in his/her last two years of service.

    No exceptions will be made.

    Note: If the employee is an eligible employee at the time you are notified that you have been selected to receive an award you will retain the award for the full academic term.

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    When is the application deadline?

    April 1, 2017

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    What is the selection criteria?

    An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:

    • Academic achievements and records
    • ACT/SAT Test Scores (if applicable)
    • Essay content
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Community involvement

    Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.

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    What are the details of the award?
    • Up to 15 FPSA Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded annually and are not renewable.
    • Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
    • The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load any at accredited college or university.
    • Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.
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    Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

    You should list your first choice on the application.

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    How do I change my college choice?

    You may update your final school choice on the My Profile page at If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make sure your college is updated at least 30 days prior to the check issue date stated in the award notification so your check can be issued accordingly. This will not update any application or acceptance forms; however, all awards are issued based on the My Profile page.

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    How do I know if my application is complete?

    Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update. You may monitor your status of your application on your home page at

    • Not Started: the form has not been requested or started.
    • Started: the form has not been submitted and will not be considered.
    • Submitted: the form has been submitted, but is not Complete.
    • Complete: all required forms and attachments (if applicable) have been received and your application will be considered for the scholarship.

    You may also monitor the status of your attachments and recommendations (if applicable).

    • Not received: the attachment has either not been received or has been rejected.
    • Requested: the form request has been created, but the form has not been started.
    • Processing: the attachment has been received and is being reviewed.
    • Accepted: the attachment has been verified and accepted by ISTS.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirements to make sure the application is complete. The status Complete will display on the home page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.

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    I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application. Do I need to submit it again?

    Previously uploaded documents that are no longer displayed with a status on the home page have been rejected. The most common reasons for a rejected document are as follows:

    • The document uploaded is not one of the accepted file types: .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps.
    • The document uploaded was not the document requested.
    • Not all pages of the document were contained in the file.
    • We cannot open the file. The file may be corrupted or password protected.

    Refer to the upload section of your application for the details of the required documents and upload a new file that meets the criteria stated.

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    How do I upload more than one file at a time?

    You may create a .zip file containing more than one file as long as everything included is in an acceptable format (i.e. pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps.)

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    Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

    The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline. If you do not follow the upload instructions exactly, your application may not be considered. Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and are uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time.

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    How and when will I receive notification?
    • Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email by the end of May. For recipients, an Acceptance link will be displayed on the home page following the notification.
    • Add and to your email address book or “safe senders list” to ensure these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.
    • Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from or You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications.

    Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third-parties.

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    What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

    You must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by scholarship sponsor, deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution, and notify ISTS should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.

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    How and when are checks issued?

    Checks will be issued in early August to each recipient’s mailing address and made payable to the institution on the profile page.

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    Are scholarships taxable?

    Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also consult IRS Publication 970 for further information (

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    Who administers this program?

    To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.

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    My parent’s employment makes me eligible for this scholarship. Whose contact information should I include?

    Applicants must register with their personal email addresses. Do not use parent’s work email addresses. Your My Profile page should reflect the applicant’s (the person who is attending university) legal name and contact information. If parent’s information is needed, it will be specifically asked for on the application.

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    Who do I contact if I have other questions?

    For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here or call toll free (855)-670-ISTS (4787).