Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship Application for Academic Year 2021-22

Dear Applicant,

Welcome. We look forward to receiving your application!

Before beginning the application form, please make sure you have reviewed all eligibility requirements listed below.

Our scholarship approval committee will use the following criteria for awarding scholarships:

  1. Well-written personal statement [view examples].
  2. Two strong reference letters indicating educational goals and academic promise.
  3. Evidence of past academic achievement.
  4. Woman-identified student with at least a 5-year gap in educational career (need not be consecutive years).
  5. Additional considerations (not required): Pursuing first undergraduate degree, and/or first generation in family to attend college (parents/guardians do not hold a degree from a four-year college). Feel free to include other special circumstances that the Selection Committee might consider.

For the application process, please note that you will need the following information:

  1. Your most recent college or university admission letter or proof of enrollment.
  2. Ability to show a five-year or greater gap or break in your education – the five years do NOT have to be consecutive. Note: If you have received the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship in the past, you are not eligible to receive it again.
  3. FAFSA application (if you are not eligible to complete a FAFSA, you are unfortunately not eligible for this scholarship).
  4. Transcripts from each of the institutions listed. Official transcripts are NOT required — unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  You will upload these later in the application.
  5. Personal Statement.  Directions and examples are listed below.
  6. Two signed letters of recommendation submitted as a PDF or Word documents directly via this link by the deadline. Here are some example lettersDirections for recommenders are below.
  7. Consent to Release Information form  Download and forward to your financial aid office for completion. Please make sure they email the completed form back to by the deadline date below.

DEADLINE: July 12, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

For further information, please see the full Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship site, or contact us at