Application Guidelines

The Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship

Applications for the 2021 scholarship cycle
will be accepted from February 1 – February 28, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, certain application requirements have been suspended or changed for the 2021 scholarship cycle. SAT/ACT test score submissions are NOT required but are still encouraged. Under very limited circumstances, the 3.5 minimum GPA may be waived.

Please refer to Application Procedures and Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Established in 1968, the Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship is awarded to exceptionally worthy high school seniors with demonstrated financial need, for up to four years of college undergraduate study. Hadden Scholars must be U.S. citizens matriculating at a four-year accredited college or university established in the United States.

In awarding Hadden Scholarships, Youth Foundation considers scholastic achievement, character, leadership, volunteerism, and financial need*. There is a minimum grade point average requirement, 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, to apply for a Hadden Scholarship**. There is no minimum test score requirement, but past winners have had competitive scores. In 2019, the average ACT was 32 and the average SAT was 1480.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2021 scholarship cycle will be accepted from February 1 – February 28, 2021. No applications or materials will be accepted after February 28, 2021.

Award Amounts

Scholarship amounts are subject to change, but currently awards are up to $4,000/year for Scholars attending private or out-of-state institutions, $2,500/year for Scholars attending in-state institutions. Awards are for a maximum of four regular undergraduate school years. Subject to the rules of a student’s college or university, Hadden Scholarships may be applied toward a semester or year of study abroad.

Funding Guidelines

A Hadden Scholarship may not be used by an institution to reduce the amount of its own grant or aid package by any amount as a result of the Hadden Scholarship. A Hadden Scholarship supplements the grant from your institution; it must not displace other grants or aid. Before final awards are announced, finalists will be required to provide a copy of their financial aid award letter from their college or university and a list of all outside scholarships. If it is found that a school has lowered its grant to the student in violation of our policy, Youth Foundation must discontinue the scholarship.

Funds are sent directly to the college or university to be utilized solely for the benefit of the student. Subject to federal and state regulations, and the policies of individual institutions, Hadden Scholarships may be applied to tuition, room, board, books, or other fees. Some institutions allow outside scholarships to be used towards a laptop or health insurance premiums. It is up to each student to become thoroughly familiar with the policies and guidelines of their institution.

Renewability

Hadden Scholarships are renewable for up to four years. Scholars must be full-time students; maintain an annual, cumulative 3.0 GPA; provide a copy of their academic transcript and financial aid award letter annually, or as requested by Youth Foundation; keep their contact information up to date with the Youth Foundation office.


Please Note:

* In evaluating financial need, a variety of factors are considered; there is no specific cut-off for income or Expected Family Contribution. There are Hadden scholars who receive the full Pell grant amount and scholars with a zero EFC. The totality of the circumstances is weighed and applicants are given the opportunity to provide additional information that may not be reflected in a FAFSA or tax return.

** Due to complications arising from COVID-19, SAT/ACT test score submissions are NOT required but are still encouraged. In very limited circumstances, the 3.5 minimum GPA requirement may be waived. If an applicant had a 3.5 unweighted GPA or higher before the spring 2020 school semester, but due to extraordinary circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic their GPA fell below the unweighted 3.5 threshold, that student may still be eligible to apply for a Hadden Scholarship. The applicant will be required to submit a transcript that reflects a pre-pandemic GPA of 3.5 or higher AND submit a letter of explanation to further describe the circumstances that led to the drop in GPA.