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Scholarship Contact Information:
phone: (240) 567-1898
Mary Hyman,
Finance Department


Montgomery College WD&CE
12 South Summit Avenue, 4th Floor
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Customer Service
240-567-5188

Challenge and GTP Scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A limited number of scholarships are available for need-based Challenge students and GTP (Graduate Transition Program) courses, pending funding availability, through Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

What is the source of the funding?

Funding is provided by Montgomery College. Funding is limited! WD&CE Montgomery College processes and policies apply.

Who is eligible for the scholarship?

Students must meet ALL these requirements:

  1. GTP or Challenge students only
  2. Scholarship is for Challenge or GTP courses only
  3. Montgomery County residents who qualify for in-state tuition according to College guidelines
  4. May NOT be listed as dependents on someone else's tax returns
  5. Must complete a WD&CE Certification of Tuition Waiver Form, or have a current one on file.
    • Forms are good for one Academic Year (Academic year starts with the Fall semester). Forms must be renewed every August prior to the start of the Fall Semester.
    • If you are unsure if you have a current form on file, Customer Service 240-567-5188, will be able to assist you with that information.
  6. Must meet financial eligibility requirements and Receives SSI or SSDI Benefits.
If I meet the conditions for eligibility to apply, will I be awarded a scholarship?

You are not guaranteed an award! The scholarship committee meets to review all applications and allocate funding (as available).

When will I hear?

Approximately two weeks after the application deadline has passed, students will be notified of the committee's decision by letter sent to the student's address of record on file at the College.

If I am awarded a scholarship, what does the funding cover?

If you receive an award letter, the scholarship is applied to tuition only, NOT fees. The student is responsible for paying 100% of the fees for the course(s).

If I am awarded a scholarship, will it cover the tuition for ALL my courses?

If you receive an award letter, the scholarship is applied to tuition only, NOT fees, up to the amount of the award.

For Example: If the amount of the scholarship is $300.00, and the total for the courses I choose is less than $300 (the amount of the award) in tuition and fees, do I get the difference? This is just an example, as funding is limited the amount awarded may be less.

The award will cover only the amount of tuition for the approved course(s) on your application for an amount up to $300, You will NOT receive the difference. If the total tuition for the courses you submit on the application is less than $300, you will not receive the difference. For example, if you are applying for funding for two or more eligible courses with combined tuition of $300 or less, the maximum award possible would be the total tuition of the approved courses.

Example: 2 eligible courses less than $300 total
Course #1 eligible course $149 tuition $62 fee
Course #2 eligible course $149 tuition $62 fee
total $298 tuition $124 fee
Scholarship Award would be: $298 0
Student owes $0 tuition $124 Fee
 

What if the total of my courses is more than the amount of the scholarship?

If you are applying for funding for two or more eligible courses with combined tuition of over $300, only those courses with a combined total under $300 or 100% coverage will be eligible for scholarships. You may apply for full tuition for courses with a combined total under $300. You may not request partial funding for another course to bring your total up to $300.

Example: two eligible courses more than $300 total.
Course #1 eligible course $224 tuition $107 fee
Subtotal $224 $107
Course #2 eligible course $149 tuition $62 fee
Subtotal $373 * $169
Problem! $373* exceeds maximum amount, No partial funding, course#2 NOT approved
Scholarship Award would be: $224 0
Student owes $0 tuition $107 Fee
Graduate Transition Program (GTP)

For students who have been admitted to the Graduate Transition Program the scholarship amounts may differ. Contact Karla Nabors, Program Director, 240-567-1660, Karla.Nabors@montgomerycollege.edu for more information.

How often is the scholarship offered?

The Challenge scholarship is offered three times a year (Fall, Spring, Summer terms). Applications are due prior to the start of the term, application dates are posted Challenge / GTP Scholarship web page. Note: Summer I & II terms are combined as one period for this funding opportunity.

The GTP scholarship is offered twice a year (Fall, Spring terms) for the students who have been accepted into the GTP Program. Applications are due prior to the start of the term, application dates are posted on the Challenge / GTP Scholarship web page.

How do I submit the application?

The completed application must be received, in a sealed envelope, by 5:00pm on the date due.

 

The Application can be submitted, in a sealed envelope, via U.S. mail or by hand delivery to the Gaithersburg Business Training Center (GBTC), Customer Service office: 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 400, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. The application will be date and time stamped. WD&CE is NOT responsible for late mail delivery of scholarship application by U.S. Mail. See map for directions to GBTC.

How do I register for the course(s)?

Registration for the approved courses, as listed on the award letter, must be done in person at one of the Workforce Development & Continuing Education customer service centers. See WD&CE Customer Service locations

Signed award letters must be presented as proof of tuition payment when registering. ID is required for verification when presenting the award letter.

If a student registered and paid before award notification, the student must still present the signed award letter to a WD&CE Customer Service office in order to process a refund. Allow at least six weeks for the refund to be processed.

If I apply for the GTP or Challenge Scholarship, can I register for a class prior to receiving an award letter?

Yes, students can register for a course with 100% payment of tuition and fees at time of registration. If a student pays in full and then receives scholarship funding, the student will be refunded the amount of tuition on a course that is funded. Allow at least six weeks for the refund to be processed. If the student is not awarded funding, no refund will be processed.

Can a student apply more than once for the GTP or Challenge Scholarship?

Students may apply for a scholarship each new term, even if they have already been awarded a scholarship in a prior term.

What happens if the student does not complete the course(s) funded by the scholarship?

Fees will be prorated and the scholarship removed from the student account. No scholarship funding will be refunded to the student..

How long do I have to use the funds if awarded?

The funds are available for the course in the term awarded.

Is a new WD&CE Certification for Tuition Waiver form required each term?

A WD&CE Certification for Tuition Waiver Form is required to apply for this funding, or a current one must be on file.

  • Must complete a WD&CE Certification of Tuition Waiver Form, or have a current one on file.
    • Forms are good for one Academic Year (Academic year starts with the Fall semester). Forms must be renewed every August prior to the start of the Fall semester.
    • If you are unsure if you have a current form on file, Customer Service 240-567-5188, will be able to assist you with that information.

WD&CE Certification for Tuition Waiver Form must include the signature and official address stamp of Social Security Office or Federal Agency. Xerox copies are NOT accepted. If this is NOT on file with Montgomery College WD&CE or is more than one Academic year old on the WD&CE records, the student will be considered ineligible for this funding.

Are Challenge and GTP courses eligible for disability waiver?

No, per State legislation these courses are no longer eligible for disability waiver.

Is there specific WD&CE disability documentation?

Visit WD&CE Tuition Waiver for Disabled Students Guide to learn more.

If students are interested in enrolling in a course other than GTP or Challenge using a disability waiver the completed WD&CE Certification for Tuition Waiver Form document will become part of the student record for use on courses that are "disability waiver eligible".

Note: Students are responsible for verifying course waiver eligibility status if interested in registering for courses other than GTP or Challenge using a disability waiver, and verifying whether the WD&CE noncredit waiver needs to be updated.

What are the financial eligibility guidelines?

Visit WD&CE Scholarship Financial Guidelines to learn more.

Do we qualify financially if we get SSI or SSDI benefits and are not dependants on their parent's tax returns?

Yes

Can I appeal the decision?

No, award decisions are final. 

What if class starts prior to notification?

It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine if registration prior to award notification is possible. If students have registered and paid prior to award notification, they may apply scholarship funding to their Montgomery College account.  No student can register without proof of payment per Montgomery College, WD&CE policy. Once the award is applied to the student account a refund will be generated if a student registered and paid by other funding. Refunds due to prepayment prior to award posting will not be processed until after the start date of the course.

If awarded funds, can I change my course(s) selection?

No, however, if the original class (crn#) is cancelled or full, students (with approval of the Program Director) may select a different section (crn#) of the same course in the same term.

What happens if I withdraw from a course, am I eligible for a refund?

If you withdraw from a class or drop the class prior to the drop date which is listed on your registration receipt, you are eligible for a refund of the monies you paid. If any scholarship monies were applied to your tuition and/or fees, that money is returned to the College.

What if I also qualify for other funding or a waiver?

If a student qualifies for another Montgomery College scholarship and/ or tuition waiver, only ONE may be applied to the course. They may NOT be combined. The balance of any scholarship funding not used to pay for tuition will be forfeited.

Where can I get an application for the Challenge or GTP Scholarship?

Challenge Application can be accessed online: Challenge Scholarship Application, or at WD&CE Customer Service Desk, or by contacting Via E-mail: DEWA.Scholarship@montgomerycollege.edu

GTP students will receive information by mail from Karla Nabors. GTP Scholarship Application. Questions about GTP contact Karla.Nabors@montgomerycollege.edu or by phone 240-567-1660.

How do I make inquiries for further information?

Via E-mail: DEWA.Scholarship@montgomerycollege.edu
Via Phone: Mary Hyman, 240-567-1898

   

Page last updated January 29, 2014