FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FOR H.S. COUSELORS)

Do you accept AP Credit?

Yes, we do. We consider all AP courses where a 3, 4 or 5 score is earned on the exam. Applicants in this situation must send us their College Board Report. We do not accept high school transcripts.

Can I (the counselor) request the college transcript for student and send to you?

Yes, you can request the official college transcript for the student and subsequently mail the official transcript to us. We do not accept scans.

Do you accept college transcripts via email?

The only transcripts that can be sent to us via email are Secure PDF transcripts that are requested and sent from the college’s system. We offer guidance on the schools that offer that service on our website. (Go to page)

What if the student is currently enrolled in college courses and will have the 12 hours at end of spring semester, can they still apply?

College hours must be earned by the application deadline on March 31st.

What if the student has not decided what college they will attend in fall?

We are aware that many students have yet to officially determine the university they will be attending, so when filling out the application, please have them indicate their primary option on the application. Once they have solidified their 2021/2022 school and it is different than what they put on application, student should submit an Application Update Request form to us. A link is provided on our home page.

On section 3 of our application, you ask for the name of their current (2020/2021) institution, what if student is not currently enrolled?

If your student is not currently enrolled, please have them list the name of the school where they completed their required undergraduate hours. This is so we can know from what school we should be expecting a transcript.

My student only has AP Credit, they do not have a current or past institution.

Make sure your student selects the option for AP Only in this section. We will know that a College Board is being sent instead of a college transcript.

What if my student has both college credit and a AP credit?

The student will fill out the current and past institution as normal and send us their College Board Report and transcript. When we receive both documents, we will update their status on our end.

My student would like to contact Stars Scholarship Fund to ask a question, what is the best way to do that?

Please have your student email us using the link available on our home page (see link). This form sends the email to all Stars staff and someone will respond as soon as possible.

When will my student be notified that they are a recipient?

Applicants who attend a partnering district will be selected by graduation date. All other applicants are processed in our normal application process and will be notified in June/July.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Submission Instructions:

Mail

Stars Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 3068
McAllen, Texas 78502-3068

Email

Stars Scholarship Fund
c/o Laura Escamilla
transcripts@starsscholarship.org

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Student Aid Report
  • Letter from Advisor (if needed)
  • Permanent Resident Card (if needed)
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Student Aid Report
  • Letter from Advisor (if needed)
  • Permanent Resident Card (if needed)
  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Student Aid Report
  • Letter from Advisor (if needed)
  • Permanent Resident Card (if needed)
  • Secure, Certified PDF transcript

*If your school does not offer the option to send a secure, certified PDF transcript, please request an official transcript from your school and MAIL it to us to the address listed. Do not scan your transcript.