The selection process is blind and made solely on the qualifications of the applicant from the information provided on the application and required supporting documents
Selection of Student Dolphin Scholars is determined by evaluating the following criteria:
a) Academic proficiency
- High School Applicants are evaluated using GPA, class rank, strength of schedule (i.e., honors, Advanced Placement courses) and academic programs such as the International Baccalaureate program.
- College Students are evaluated using high school/college GPA and the number of college terms completed.
b) Extracurricular Activities
c) Community Service
d) Two references (at least one providing non-academic insight on applicant)
e) Student Essay
Selection of Spouse Dolphin Scholars is determined by evaluating the following criteria:
a) Academic proficiency
- Spouse Students are evaluated using high school/college GPA and the number of college terms completed.
b) Employment History
c) Community Service and Achievements
d) Number of Children and Their Ages
e) Two references (at least one providing non-academic insight on applicant)
f) Student Essay
Although not a part of the actual selection process, financial need is considered once all financial aid assistance for an applicant has been determined. To receive Dolphin Scholarship funds a student must have unmet financial need. A scholar is considered to be "fully funded" when all college/university charged expenses are satisfied by other sources. Examples may include but not limited to Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit funds, college/university merit and need-based scholarships, Service Academy and ROTC appointments.
Completing the Online Application
Online Scholarship Schedule
Scholarship Year 2022
Application Opens: October 1, 2020
Application Closes: March 15, 2021
Once the applicant's and sponsor's eligibility is established, the remainder of the application will open. Please refer to the above schedule for deadline dates.
Students are then given access to the remainder of the application. Applicants are given a checklist to assist them through the application and are provided with tracking information on the progress of the application.
Requirements for ALL sections must be met and FINALIZED by the deadline (March 15, 2021) in order for the application to be accepted for presentation to the Scholarship Selection Committee. Application Sections: Applicant's Information, Applicant's Academic Information, Applicant's College Costs, Sponsor Information, DD214 (non-active duty personnel only), DSF Essay and 2 References that must be completed online.
All supporting documents must be postmarked by the DSF application deadline (March 15, 2021). The following documents are required: SAT/ACT Test Scores (High School and College Freshman Applicants only) submitted directly to DSF by an authorized agency (due to COVID-19, the SAT/ACT Test Scores are not required for the 2021-2022 application season) and Official Transcripts received directly from the institution in a sealed envelope or certified transcripts submitted electronically by an authorized agency such as Parchment. DSF does not accept copies of transcripts.
High School and College applicants are considered separately. The number of new scholarships awarded in each category is proportional to the number of applications received.
All newly selected candidates will be notified by email as well as a letter by May 15.
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation reserves the right to modify the application or selection procedure at its sole discretion. For questions concerning the application process, please contact the Scholarship Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org