BusyGal HELPS Foundation

BusyGal HELPS Foundation exists to champion personal, entrepreneurial, civic, and professional opportunities and causes that empower Women Over 40 globally.

Location:  Dallas, Texas

Email: info@busygalhelps.org

Phone: 972-863-1128

BusyGal HELPS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Deadline

  1. Does my application have to be submitted online by one of the following dates:  
    November 1, 2019 | February 1, 2020 | May 1, 2020 | August 1, 2020

    • Yes. Your entire application, including the application form, personal statement, recommendation letters, high school / college / grad-school transcripts, and electronic signature, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time by any one of the four (4) dates listed above.

Completing the Application

  1. I don’t have internet access at home. How can I complete the application?

    • You may access the online scholarship application on any computer connected to the internet. You may use a computer at the public library, or a friend’s home. Remember that the application process will take several hours, so plan accordingly.

  2. Do I need to create an account to complete the application?

    • Yes. To apply, click on the “Apply for a Scholarship” link on the Applications page of our website. This link will take you to the home page of our online application. Read more about our grants programs on this page, then create an account by clicking the “Sign Up” button on the right side of your screen. You will need to provide us with your full name and e-mail address. Then, create a password and select “New Applicant.” Even if you’ve applied for a scholarship from us before, unless you were actually awarded a scholarship last year, you’ll need to select “New Applicant.” You do not need an access code, so leave that field blank. Select your time zone, then click “Register.”

  3. Will I need an e-mail address to complete the application?

    • Yes. If you do not have an e-mail address, you may obtain a free e-mail address using gmail.com, yahoo.com, or aol.com.

  4. What if I need more space than is provided in the tables for my education, work and volunteer history?

    • If you have more volunteer or work experience than will fit in the tables, you may wish to include only the most recent experiences, or those that are most important to you.

  5. Can I upload a resume instead of filling in the work and volunteer experience tables?

    • No. Fill in all of the tables. Do not send extra documents.

  6. Can I upload publications, projects, photographs, training certificates, and other documents to supplement my application?

    • No. Do not upload additional documents. Any materials other than those requested by BusyGal HELPS will be deleted.

  7. I completed the scholarship application form but received a message saying that I’m not eligible to apply. What does that mean?

    • If any of the responses you provide in the online application show you to be ineligible for a BusyGal HELPS Foundation grant award, you will not be able to move forward with the application process.

 

Review our eligibility guidelines here.

Finances

  1. Is my low-income eligibility based on my previous year’s income?

    • Yes. Your estimated household income for the current calendar year is used to determine your eligibility. Please use your previous year's tax returns to determine your estimated income.

  2. Should I upload tax forms as proof of income?

    • Yes

  3. Should I upload a copy of my FAFSA form with my application?

    • No. We do not require your FAFSA information. Do not upload any extra documents.

  4. Can I apply if my income is over Busygal HELPS guidelines?

    • No. If your household income for last year and the coming year does not fall within the income guidelines, you are not eligible to apply.

Recommendation Letters

  1. Can I submit letters of recommendation from more than two references?

    • No. Do not upload additional documents. Any materials other than those requested by BusyGal HELPS will be deleted.

  2. What if I don’t know of anyone to write a professional or academic reference for me?

    • You may ask someone familiar with your personal situation and/or academic goals, such as an employer, a co-worker, a counselor, or a volunteer supervisor. Choose references who you are confident know you well enough to write a positive, personalized recommendation. You may NOT submit a recommendation from a family member.

  3. Can a family member submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

    • No, letters of recommendation from family members will not be accepted.

Transcripts​​

  1. I have my transcript, but I don’t know how to upload it using your online application. What do I do?

    • To prepare your transcript to upload, you have several options. Please remember that all transcripts need to list both your name and the school's name. You may not type these items in yourself.

      • Download a .PDF or other file: If your school gives you the option of viewing your transcript online, you may also be able to download and save it as a .PDF or other file. You can save the file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it.

      • Take a screen shot and save as a .JPEG file: If you can view your transcript online but cannot download it, you can take a screen shot (basically, a picture of the screen) using the computer. Press the "Ctrl" and "Print Screen" keys simultaneously. This will take a picture of your screen showing the transcript. Then press "Ctrl" and "C" simultaneously to copy the picture to the clipboard. Open a photo editing program (like Microsoft Paint), and press "Ctrl" and "V" simultaneously. This will paste the picture of your screen into the photo editor. Click "File," then "Save as." Save the picture as a .JPEG file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it. *You may need to take multiple screen shots to capture all pages of your transcript. If so, be sure to combine all pages together into one .JPEG file since you can only upload one transcript file.

      • Copy and Paste into Microsoft Word and save as a .DOC file: If you can view your transcript online but cannot download it, you may also be able to copy and paste the content into a Microsoft Word or other document. Highlight the full text of your transcript, then press "Ctrl" and "C" simultaneously to copy the text to the clipboard. Open Microsoft Word and press "Ctrl" and "V" simultaneously. This will paste the text into the document. Click "File," then "Save as." Save the document as a .DOC or .DOCX file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it.

      • Scan a hard copy: If you only have a hard copy of your transcript, you will need to scan it and save a copy on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application). If you do not have a scanner, you may be able to access one at a public library or local printing store (FedEx, Kinkos, Office Max, etc) may also have a scanner that you can use. All scanners are different, so wherever you go, ask someone if they can help you scan your transcript. After it has been scanned, save the transcript as a .PDF or .JPEG file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it.

Selection

  1. When will the scholars be chosen?

    • Our selection process takes place 1 month before the enrollment period starts for each quarter.  That being stated, scholars for the January enrollment period will be selected in December, those selected for the April, July, and October enrollment periods will be selected in March, June, and September respectively. Final selection will take place by the 15th of each selection month and recipients will be notified via email and phone 24 hours after selection has occurred.

  2. How will I know if I’m chosen?

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified by email and phone by the 16th of each selection month. If your application is disqualified due to ineligibility, you will be notified by e-mail immediately. All other applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail after application review is complete.

  3. When will the scholarships be awarded?

    • The Entrepreneurial Education Scholarships will be distributed as tuition directly into BusyGal BEES administrative offices in the scholar's name on the last day of the month before the enrollment period begins.  That stated and by way of an example, if you are selected for the July enrollment period you would receive notification that you are chosen by June 16 and your tuition will be paid into your account in full under your name by June 30.

  4. Can I get the actual cash value of the scholarship award rather than having it paid upon my behalf?​​

    • No.  In order to assure that all tuition is paid to the vendor on a timely basis, and to avoid any financial issues, we monitor and distribute all scholarship awards for you.

WE/40 IGNITE EVENTS PARTICIPATION GRANTS

Deadline

  1. Does my application have to be submitted online by one of the following dates:  
    November 1, 2019 | February 1, 2020 | May 1, 2020 | August 1, 2020

    • Yes. Your entire application, including the application form, personal statement, recommendation letters, high school / college / grad-school transcripts, and electronic signature, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central time by any one of the four (4) dates listed above.

Completing the Application

  1. I don’t have internet access at home. How can I complete the application?

    • You may access the online scholarship application on any computer connected to the internet. You may use a computer at the public library, or a friend’s home. Remember that the application process will take several hours, so plan accordingly.

  2. Do I need to create an account to complete the application?

    • Yes. To apply, click on the “Apply for a Scholarship” link on the Applications page of our website. This link will take you to the home page of our online application. Read more about our grants programs on this page, then create an account by clicking the “Sign Up” button on the right side of your screen. You will need to provide us with your full name and e-mail address. Then, create a password and select “New Applicant.” Even if you’ve applied for a scholarship from us before, unless you were actually awarded a scholarship last year, you’ll need to select “New Applicant.” You do not need an access code, so leave that field blank. Select your time zone, then click “Register.”

  3. Will I need an e-mail address to complete the application?

    • Yes. If you do not have an e-mail address, you may obtain a free e-mail address using gmail.com, yahoo.com, or aol.com.

  4. What if I need more space than is provided in the tables for my education, work and volunteer history?

    • If you have more volunteer or work experience than will fit in the tables, you may wish to include only the most recent experiences, or those that are most important to you.

  5. Can I upload a resume instead of filling in the work and volunteer experience tables?

    • No. Fill in all of the tables. Do not send extra documents.

  6. Can I upload publications, projects, photographs, training certificates, and other documents to supplement my application?

    • No. Do not upload additional documents. Any materials other than those requested by BusyGal HELPS will be deleted.

  7. I completed the scholarship application form but received a message saying that I’m not eligible to apply. What does that mean?

    • If any of the responses you provide in the online application show you to be ineligible for a BusyGal HELPS Foundation grant award, you will not be able to move forward with the application process.

 

Review our eligibility guidelines here.

Finances

  1. Is my low-income eligibility based on my previous year’s income?

    • Yes. Your estimated household income for the current calendar year is used to determine your eligibility. Please use your previous year's tax returns to determine your estimated income.

  2. Should I upload tax forms as proof of income?

    • Yes

  3. Should I upload a copy of my FAFSA form with my application?

    • No. We do not require your FAFSA information. Do not upload any extra documents.

  4. Can I apply if my income is over Busygal HELPS guidelines?

    • No. If your household income for last year and the coming year does not fall within the income guidelines, you are not eligible to apply.

Recommendation Letters

  1. Can I submit letters of recommendation from more than two references?

    • No. Do not upload additional documents. Any materials other than those requested by BusyGal HELPS will be deleted.

  2. What if I don’t know of anyone to write a professional or academic reference for me?

    • You may ask someone familiar with your personal situation and/or academic goals, such as an employer, a co-worker, a counselor, or a volunteer supervisor. Choose references who you are confident know you well enough to write a positive, personalized recommendation. You may NOT submit a recommendation from a family member.

  3. Can a family member submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

    • No, letters of recommendation from family members will not be accepted.

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  1. I have my transcript, but I don’t know how to upload it using your online application. What do I do?

    • To prepare your transcript to upload, you have several options. Please remember that all transcripts need to list both your name and the school's name. You may not type these items in yourself.

      • Download a .PDF or other file: If your school gives you the option of viewing your transcript online, you may also be able to download and save it as a .PDF or other file. You can save the file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it.

      • Take a screen shot and save as a .JPEG file: If you can view your transcript online but cannot download it, you can take a screen shot (basically, a picture of the screen) using the computer. Press the "Ctrl" and "Print Screen" keys simultaneously. This will take a picture of your screen showing the transcript. Then press "Ctrl" and "C" simultaneously to copy the picture to the clipboard. Open a photo editing program (like Microsoft Paint), and press "Ctrl" and "V" simultaneously. This will paste the picture of your screen into the photo editor. Click "File," then "Save as." Save the picture as a .JPEG file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it. *You may need to take multiple screen shots to capture all pages of your transcript. If so, be sure to combine all pages together into one .JPEG file since you can only upload one transcript file.

      • Copy and Paste into Microsoft Word and save as a .DOC file: If you can view your transcript online but cannot download it, you may also be able to copy and paste the content into a Microsoft Word or other document. Highlight the full text of your transcript, then press "Ctrl" and "C" simultaneously to copy the text to the clipboard. Open Microsoft Word and press "Ctrl" and "V" simultaneously. This will paste the text into the document. Click "File," then "Save as." Save the document as a .DOC or .DOCX file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it.

      • Scan a hard copy: If you only have a hard copy of your transcript, you will need to scan it and save a copy on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application). If you do not have a scanner, you may be able to access one at a public library or local printing store (FedEx, Kinkos, Office Max, etc) may also have a scanner that you can use. All scanners are different, so wherever you go, ask someone if they can help you scan your transcript. After it has been scanned, save the transcript as a .PDF or .JPEG file on your computer (or the computer you're using to complete the application), then upload it.

Selection

  1. When will the scholars be chosen?

    • Our selection process takes place 1 month before the enrollment period starts for each quarter.  That being stated, scholars for the January enrollment period will be selected in December, those selected for the April, July, and October enrollment periods will be selected in March, June, and September respectively. Final selection will take place by the 15th of each selection month and recipients will be notified via email and phone 24 hours after selection has occurred.

  2. How will I know if I’m chosen?

    • Scholarship recipients will be notified by email and phone by the 16th of each selection month. If your application is disqualified due to ineligibility, you will be notified by e-mail immediately. All other applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail after application review is complete.

  3. When will the scholarships be awarded?

    • The Entrepreneurial Education Scholarships will be distributed as tuition directly into BusyGal BEES administrative offices in the scholar's name on the last day of the month before the enrollment period begins.  That stated and by way of an example, if you are selected for the July enrollment period you would receive notification that you are chosen by June 16 and your tuition will be paid into your account in full under your name by June 30.

  4. Can I get the actual cash value of the scholarship award rather than having it paid upon my behalf?​​

    • No.  In order to assure that all tuition is paid to the vendor on a timely basis, and to avoid any financial issues, we monitor and distribute all scholarship awards for you.