In order for an applicant to be considered, the student must:
a) online learning programs that are based out of state
b) programs attended by adult students who make a permanent move to another state and who are no longer dependents of their parents for income tax purposes
c) students who commute to or attend an institution that is geographically close, but across state lines (e.g. states contiguous to Washington, D.C. might be considered to be suburbs of Washington, D.C). Merely attending a school in a neighboring state would not suffice.
d) students who attend a program in a neighboring state that offers in state tuition rates for those students whose home state colleges or universities do not offer certain programs (e.g. certain medical, dental, and veterinary schools).
4. Demonstrate an outstanding combination of class rank and standardized test scores.
Standardized test scores must be in the top 15% of nation-wide scores if such scores
are mandatory for entrance into the student’s chosen college and/or program.
Documentation showing that standardized test scores are not required must be provided
with the application materials. Applicants are welcome to submit standardized test
scores if they feel their scores might provide helpful information for the loan committee.
5. Not be seeking a law degree.
**Applicants asserting one of the exceptions must provide supporting documentation with their applications.
Interest-Free Loans, Not Scholarships
Awards from the Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education are loans, not scholarships, and therefore must be repaid (see repayment section below). The loans are interest-free for their duration, and there are no fees incident to these loans.
Size of Loans
Loan amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000, with a $60,000 lifetime cap per student.
Disbursement of Funds
Applicants approved will be contacted prior to fund disbursement to verify continued need for funds. Loans will be paid directly to the student in one lump sum.
Repayment begins one year after graduation, or one year after discontinuation of school. Repayment is structured over a ten year period, and is calculated on an increasing sliding payment scale:
Year 1 = 1% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 2 = 3% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 3 = 5% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 4 = 7% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 5 = 9% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 6 = 11% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 7 = 13% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 8 = 15% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 9 = 17% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months
Year 10 = 19% of the loan amount(s) divided by 12 months