Scholarship FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Click on a question to find the answer. You may also contact our Scholarship Specialist directly at (530) 378-8416.

1

When is the application period and how many years may I, as a dependent child*, apply for an SPF Scholarship?
The application period is December 15th through the last Friday of February. You must apply for the scholarship annually while meeting all of the qualifications or while you are in the process of re-qualifying. However, you may only receive an award for up to four years unless your chosen undergraduate program takes more than four years and you meet the qualifications for a 5th year applicant.
Qualifications are listed in the new and returning applications provided online during the application period in the Foundation section of the SPI website (www.spi-ind.com). Applicants must attend an approved college or trade school and be a dependent child of a fulltime SPI employee.
*Dependent Child:
New Applicants, you are considered a dependent child for the purposes of the SPF Scholarship Program provided your parent or guardian is employed fulltime by Sierra Pacific Industries as of December 15th of the year in which you are filling out the application, you are age 26 or less on the application deadline and you are substantially supported by your parent or guardian.
Returning Applicants must reapply annually, while meeting all other scholarship requirements.

2

I am a new applicant. How can I be sure my application will be considered by the SPF Scholarship Committee?
Your scholarship application will be reviewed if you are careful to follow the application instructions and meet the applicant criteria including:
  • You are not 26 before the scholarship deadline.
  • Your parent is a fulltime employee of SPI as of December 15th when you are applying for the next scholarship year.
  • Your application is received on or before the final application deadline in February.
  • Your application is complete including all attachments and signed.
  • Your required attachments are received on or before the deadline including:
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • High school transcript received direct from your High School (and college if applicable)
    • Passport photo and Photo Release

3

As a New Applicant, why do I need to submit three (3) copies of my application?
We need an original copy of your application for your file. The other two copies are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. We highly recommend that you keep an additional copy of your application for your own records.

4

The Returning Application asks for my course schedule. What if I don’t know what classes I will be taking? (This is optional but highly recommended.)
If you do not know which classes you are going to take, please make the best guess at your classes. We would like to know what classes you expect to take during the next academic year, in which you are applying. We understand that these courses may change; however, we would like to see that you are pursuing courses that will help you attain your degree (or certificate of completion). It may be beneficial to meet with an Academic Advisor or Counselor at your school.

5

When is the application deadline?
New Applications must be received by the SPF no later than 5:00 PM on the last Friday of February. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than the Tuesday before the last Friday of February.
Returning Applications must be completed and submitted on-line by 11:59PM on the last Friday of February.

6

What information needs to be part of my course schedule/enrollment verification?
Course schedules need to include the following four pieces of information:
  1. Your school’s name
  2. Your name
  3. The school term
  4. The number of units confirming full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 units), either in a lump sum or per class so that the total may be manually calculated.

7

I don’t have access to a computer. Does the application still need to be typed?
Yes. All applications must be typed, either on the computer or on a typewriter. This ensures that the information is readable, so that we may expedite the processing of your application.

8

What is the process to apply for a 5th Year Undergraduate Award?
If you have received the maximum four years of scholarship awards from the SPF for your undergraduate degree and you wish to apply for a fifth year award to complete your undergraduate studies, you must:
  1. Complete a “Returning Application”
  2. Participate in an interview (in-person phone, Skype, or Facetime) with the Scholarship Committee
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
A Teacher’s Credential qualifies as an undergraduate program for the purposes of this scholarship.
Graduate study programs do not qualify.

9

Why do I need two Passport Photos?
The SPF likes to recognize the recipients of their scholarship awards in the local newspapers and our SPI TVs. Passport Photos are required for consistency.

10

What is the age limit of an SPF Scholarship Applicant?
Applicants at or under the age of 26 on the application deadline date may apply for this scholarship.

11

How soon will I know if I have received an SPF Scholarship Award?
Award notices are usually sent by email within 30 days of the Annual Scholarship Interview Day, usually by mid-May.

12

If I am awarded an SPF scholarship, what must I do to receive my award?
You will receive instructions in your Award Notice email about how to receive your award. The awards are paid directly to the school of your choice. If you are a first time recipient of an award, you must submit your enrollment verification/course schedule to the SPF indicating that you are enrolled full-time (12 credits or more). It is your responsibility to confirm that your school has received the check representing your SPF scholarship award. Please check with the Business or the Financial Aid Office.
To continue to receive your SPF award, we require an official transcript be mailed directly from your school to us at P.O. Box 493842, Redding, CA 96049-3842 for each term you participate in this program. NOTE: In any term you have received an award, you must complete that term with 2.0 or higher GPA and be full-time (12 units or more, or its equivalent) in order to be eligible for your next award. You must re-qualify if you fall below these minimums. If you are in the process of requalifying, it is important that you submit a “Returning Student Application.”
When you change schools OR if you have been out of the scholarship program for a semester/quarter or more, you must submit both your enrollment verification AND an official transcript of the most recent term in which you received an award from the SPF.

13

How often must I be interviewed, and what if I am unable to drive to the Main Office in Anderson for an interview on the SPF Interview Day?
Interviews are required for first time and 5th year applicants.
New applicants, who live two and one-half (2.5) hours or more away from Anderson, will be asked to participate in a Skype/Facetime interview unless these is a reasonable cause for a phone only interview.
The Scholarship Committee will consider all other requests for non-face-to-face interviews on a case-by-case basis.

14

Who makes the scholarship decisions?
Scholarship decisions are made by an independent committee of six (6) individuals who are not employed by SPI. Scholarship decisions are based entirely on information you provide in your application. Application information is confidential; neither SPI employees nor management influence the Scholarship Committee’s award decisions.

15

Is there any way to know how much my scholarship might be?
Scholarships range from $500 to $5000 per year based on the tuition of the chosen school, GPA and merit. Changes in school choice must be reported immediately in order to avoid losing an award. The award amount may increase or decrease during the year based on changes in the school choice.

16

I am struggling in my classes and am concerned that I will not meet the scholarship requirements. What will happen to my award?
If you fall below the requirements of maintaining a 2.0 or higher GPA and/or finish with less than 12 units (or the equivalent of full-time), then you will be placed on probation and future awards will be forfeited until you requalify. You may requalify by completing one term while satisfying the usual 2.0 GPA and 12 unit requirements. You must reapply if the application period ends before you have requalified. Once you have completed a qualifying term, you must submit an official transcript from your school.
If you are placed on probation for a second time, you will need to complete two consecutive terms, while meeting all of the requirements, before you are requalified.
A third failure to meet the scholarship requirements, during a term in which you received an award, terminates your eligibility for this scholarship.

17

Where is my award?
Awards are time sensitive at your school. That is why, at the end of each term, it is very important that you promptly ask your school to send us your official transcript and check the Awards tab in the web portal to verify we received it. We are unable to process your award without your transcripts, and receipt of late transcripts may result in a delay or even the loss of an award.

18

How do I access the Web Portal?
For applicants who have been awarded a scholarship, go to http://spf.spi-ind.com. Enter your email address and your password. NOTE: you will need to create a password the first time you log in.

19

What type of schools may I attend?
Most accredited Trade Schools, Vocational Training, Tech Schools, Certificate Programs, Community Colleges, as well as 4-year Colleges and Universities are supported. All schools will be evaluated upon submission to the Committee.

20

As a Returning Applicant, what do I do if I am having problems with the web portal?
You may contact our SPF Scholarship Specialist by either emailing your questions to Foundation@spi-ind.com or calling (530) 378-8416 between 9AM-3PM, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

21

How may I make sure I am prepared in advance of my Skype or Facetime interview?

22

Whom should I contact if I have further questions not answered here?
Any additional questions will be answered by the SPF Scholarship Specialist. You may email your questions to Foundation@spi-ind.com or call (530) 378-8416 between 9AM-3PM Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
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