OAR SCholarship program
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: How do I access the application?
A: You must first sign up before you are able to log in. Fill in your e-mail address, and then create a password for your account. Please be sure to remember this password, as it is the only way to go back and edit your application.
Q: Can I mail a hard copy of the application to OAR?
A: No. The only way to apply for an OAR scholarship is through our online application.
Q: How competitive is this the OAR Scholarship Program?
A: The OAR Scholarship Program is very competitive. In 2012, we received 902 applications for 27 available scholarships.
Q: How is the writer of my letter of recommendation contacted?
A: OAR will send an e-mail to your recommender after the application has been submitted. The e-mail will be sent from the OAR Scholarship Program (email@example.com), with “Letter of Recommendation Request” in the subject line. The e-mail will include guidelines and directions for your recommender, but you may want to follow up with him or her directly.
Q: What if I don’t know which college I will be attending?
A: We prefer that applicants wait to upload an acceptance letter until they have made a final decision about where to attend. In the rare case that a decision cannot be made until after the deadline has passed, applicants may upload up to two (2) acceptance letters. Upon arriving at a decision, however, please contact OAR to let us know.
Q: My acceptance letter isn’t electronic. What do I do?
A: Use a scanner to scan the document to an acceptable electronic format, then upload the file to the online application.
Q: For purposes of the scholarship program, what is the accepted documentation for an autism spectrum diagnosis?
A: Proof of diagnosis is based on the criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, either the fourth (DSM-IV) or recently released fifth (DSM-V) edition. This must be from your original diagnosis.