How to File an Appeal for Scholarship Eligibility

If you were denied a scholarship but you think you should be eligible to receive one, you can file an appeal for eligibility. In some instances, appeals are granted immediately – those cases include students who have McKinney Vento, Foster Care or Refugee status and can provide proof of that status (e.g., a copy of your I-94 form, a letter from a counselor/caseworker, etc.).

On the appeal, you’ll be asked to provide the following information

I am requesting an appeal based on:

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Residency – I do not reside within the City of Buffalo

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Graduation – I did not graduate from Buffalo Public or Charter School

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Continuous Enrollment – I was not continuously enrolled in a Buffalo Public or Charter School from 9th to 12th grade

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FAFSA/TAP Completion – I did not successfully complete the FAFSA and/or TAP application process by the deadline indicated by Say Yes (October 15 for fall semester, February 15 for spring semester)

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Time Limits – I did not start at a Say Yes partner college within one academic year of high school graduation or I took off more than two semesters after I started college

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Academics – I did not get a 2.0 GPA and/or I did not earn 12 credits for two semesters in a row

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Part-Time Status – I am not registered for a minimum of 12 credits

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Special consideration for a Say Yes Choice or Opportunity Grant

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Additional time needed to complete my degree

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Other – please explain in detail the reason for your appeal request

Note to students: Please remember to attach any supporting documentation, including unofficial transcripts, proof of FAFSA/TAP submission, written statements, etc. to the electronic application form when you submit your appeal.

Questions?

Contact our scholarship department at buffaloscholarship@sayyesbuffalo.org or (716) 247-5310.

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