What qualities do you look for in applicants?

We are looking for students that demonstrate hard work and a commitment to family and their community.

How much is the scholarship?

The scholarship amount awarded to each Perryman Scholar will vary. Our focus is to fund up to 97% of tuition capped at $25,000 per year. This is a tuition only scholarship, room/board, books and other fees are not covered by the scholarship.

My school didn’t offer advanced courses in science. Will that hurt my application?

No. The Foundation does not look for specific coursework.

I’m considering a technical school. Do I have a better chance for the scholarship if I apply to a four-year college?

No. All post-secondary programs have equal chance of being awarded the scholarship.

What does post-secondary education mean?

Post-secondary education is any accredited program or college that you attend after high school. We accept trade school applicants, and college applicants (2 or 4 year college).

I needed to work a part-time job during school so I didn’t have much time for extracurricular activities. Can I still apply?

Yes. The Foundation values work experience just as much as extracurricular activities.

What majors/programs does the scholarship support?

We accept students pursuing most majors and programs in the fields of technology, engineering, math, and metals. Some examples include: machining, mechatronics, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, computer information systems, and metallurgy.

What should be discussed in my letters of recommendation?

The person writing the letter will receive email instructions. They should write about their personal experience with you and any outstanding attributes that we should consider. Letters of recommendation will be submitted directly by the person writing the letter.

Can I change my mind on who writes my letter of recommendation?

Yes, you may change the person writing the letter.  This is in case someone you picked is unable to complete your letter in time.  Please note:  You will not have the option to submit your application until 2 letters of recommendation have been received.

When will my letter of recommendation request be sent?

They will be sent to the person immediately upon saving your recommendation information.

Why do you ask about siblings?

Supporting multiple students in college at the same time is something that is difficult and the FASFA does not take this into account.

How long should my video be?

Videos should be around 2 minutes long but not exceed 3 minutes. We can accept any of these file formats: AVI, MOV, MPG, MPEG, MP4, WMV, FLV, and F4V.

Is using my phone camera okay to create the video?

Yes. Mobile phones, iPads, web cams, GoPro cameras, and digital cameras are all accepted for the video. We are not judging the quality of the recording. With that in mind, though, we have some suggestions for best results:

Make sure the camera is still.
Make sure there is plenty of lighting, especially if shooting indoors.
Turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, telephones, etc).
Record a short test and listen to it. If needed, change the record volume or microphone location.
Allow for 2 seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your recording.

How do I submit my video?

In the application, there is a video section to upload your file.

Where is the submit button?

You will not have the option to submit your application until 2 letters of recommendation have been received.  You may check the status of your recommendations by logging into your application and going to the ‘Add or Edit Recommendation Requests’ in the main menu.  Once 2 letters have been received you will find the submit button at the end of the review section of the application.  

What if I am a finalist and I am unable to make the interview?

We understand that it may be a hardship for some students to interview in-person. We will also accept skype/video chat interviews and phone interviews.

How is the scholarship funding provided?

Payments are made to the school directly on your behalf.