Apply On-line First Year


In order to be considered for a Carver Scholarship, first-year applicants must complete an on-line application form to be submitted electronically to the college or university you are planning to attend by clicking on the application link on this web site. Applications are accepted from October 1st through April 1st. The application form requires:

A typed essay presenting evidence of the unusual social and/or other barriers that may deter you from attending college full time. The document may be cut and pasted or processed directly into the on-line application form. Essays should be a minimum of 250 words, but must not exceed 500.

The names and e-mail addresses of two professional individuals (other than family members) to serve as references, whom you have asked to submit letters of support on your behalf, verifying that the information included in your essay is accurate. The purpose of the documentation is to confirm the difficulties you have overcome and to give insight into your character. At the time your application is submitted, the on-line system automatically forwards an e-mail to the address you provide for your references (teacher, physician, therapist, etc.). References should submit comments (limited to 250 words) via the link provided in their e-mail notification. These must be received by the April 1st submission deadline in order for your application to be considered complete. Administrative officials at the participating institutions will confirm authenticity of electronically submitted reference materials in advance of the selection process.

In addition to the on-line application materials, applicants will also be responsible for filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st of the award year for submission to the financial aid office of the college that you are planning to attend.

Please make sure to have an outline of your essay and other supporting documentation available before you begin the on-line application process. ONCE YOU HAVE BEGUN TO INPUT DATA YOU CANNOT SAVE THE FORM AND RETURN TO IT LATER FOR ADDITIONAL INPUT.


Completed applications must be submitted on-line and comments from references must be received by April 1st. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


All applicants should be notified of the outcome of the selection process by the college to which application was made by June 1st of each award year.

Apply First Year Online