DAR Scholarship Applications Go Online

Written by: Barbara Grant, National Chair, DAR Scholarship
August 1, 2019

The Office of the Reporter General is delighted to announce DAR now has an online scholarship application process. Today, August 1, 2019, our new online submission process went live!  We are grateful to the members of the Dillon Administration who laid the groundwork for this advancement, which brings our application process to a technology level now expected by students and educators.

Students applying for scholarships offered by the DAR Scholarship and American Indians committees should submit their applications using our new process. Students will no longer need to email or mail their applications. The online application portal is found on the Scholarships page on the DAR’s public website at: www.dar.org/Scholarships. The direct URL link to the online application submission portal is: http://dar.academicworks.com

Who is eligible to apply for a DAR scholarship?

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants must attend or plan to attend an accredited school in the United States.
  • DAR sponsorship of applicants is no longer required. However, chapters or members may provide assistance with their applications.
  • The new online process helps applicants match to scholarships they are eligible to receive.

Since 1923, our National Society has been awarding scholarships to help students attain higher education and achieve their career aspirations.  Information about our 28 scholarships is provided on the both the DAR public and member websites. There are a variety of scholarships for students pursuing different areas of study such as history, education, nursing, medicine, science, math and law. Our scholarships are funded by endowments from wills and gifts—not member dues.  DAR’s scholarships are awarded and judged without regard to gender, race, religion, national origin, or disability. The total number of applications received for the 2019 – 2020 scholarships was 6,434—an astounding 54-percent increase over the prior year’s applications. The dollar amount awarded was more than $250,000!

Students and members can ask specific questions about our varied scholarships or the application process by contacting National Vice Chairs via scholarship-specific emails found on our public and member Scholarship webpages.  State and chapter chairs are also available to help! Please note, the online application system includes scholarships offered by the DAR Scholarship and American Indians committee only. The DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest selection process remains unchanged and will not use the online portal.

Important Scholarship Application Information:

  • Scholarship applications for the 2020 academic year will be accepted Thursday, August 1, 2019, through Saturday, February 15, 2020, at midnight (Eastern Standard Time).
  • Students will enter and upload all of the required scholarship application information using the online application process (e.g. personal statement, transcripts, activities, proof of citizenship, and if required—their financial-need information).
  • Individuals providing letters of recommendation will be able to submit their information confidentially through the new online application process.

This is truly a wonderful time for our National Society as we Rise and Shine for America! Our President General Denise Doring VanBuren has encouraged us all to connect and become involved with our local communities.  Please consider spreading the word about our scholarships and our new application process in your community!  Please use the scholarship resources found in the National Information Packet (NIP), the DAR Handbook and National Bylaws, and on our DAR public and member websites. 

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