Fall Scholarship Cycle FAQs
Q: Is the deadline for the Fall Scholarship Cycle January 6, 2023?
A: Yes, the applications will close on January 6, 11:59 PM EST.
Q: How can I determine if I am eligible for a scholarship?
A: Visit https://nsbe.smapply.io/, and on the welcome page, you will find the detailed criteria for each scholarship.
Q: Why can't I access the scholarships when I log into my dashboard?
A: To apply for NSBE scholarship opportunities, you MUST make sure the following task is completed before you can access the applications.
- Renew your NSBE membership for the year.
- Have a verified GPA in your membership profile.
- Complete and update the following fields in your membership profile: education level, major, citizenship status, chapter, and region.
Q: How do I know when my GPA has been verified?
A: When you log into your NSBE portal, you will see a confirmed GPA next to your "self-reported" GPA in the grayed-out box. If the box is blank, your GPA is not verified.
Q: How do I verify my GPA?
A: Learn more about GPA Verification.
Q: I do not have a chapter advisor, or I am an At-Large member. How can I verify my GPA?
A: You must complete a GPA verification form, have it signed by the Office of Registrar or an Academic Advisor, and send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: After I submit my GPA verification form, how long does it take to verify it?
Q: Three weeks is a long time not to access scholarships. What can I do during the black-out period to ensure I submit my applications on time?
- Make sure your GPA has been verified on your NSBE profile.
- Review the blank Fall Scholarship Cycle applications and begin writing your essays and obtaining required documents such as recommendation letters.
- Update your Resume.
Q: Will you accept my scholarship application if it is emailed?
A: We cannot accept emailed applications once the system is back up. All applicants must submit applications through the apply.nsbe.org scholarship portal.
How to Verify Your GPA
Members will self-report their GPA on their profile. Then, chapter advisors will approve it through the NSBE portal. Please make sure your chapter advisor is registered for access to the portal before asking them to verify your GPA. If the chapter advisor is not registered for access to the portal, the advisor can complete the Advisor Access Request Form. WHQ no longer accepts emailed transcripts, mailed transcripts, unofficial transcripts or unsigned GPA Verification forms. Members must work with their advisor to confirm their GPA in the NSBE portal. If your chapter does not have an advisor, please complete this form GPA Verification Form, have it signed by a university advisor, counselor, or an official from the Registrar’s office and e-mail it to email@example.com. This form MUST be signed by the Office of Registrar or a University Advisor.
NSBE Jr. Members
NSBE Jr. members will self-report their GPA on their NSBE profile. Chapter advisors will then approve it through the NSBE portal. Please make sure you are registered for access to the portal before attempting to verify your members’ GPA. If you are not registered for access to the portal, please complete the Advisor Access Request Form. Chapters without advisors should have their members complete this GPA Verification Form and have it signed by a school counselor or school registrar. Once the form is completed, it must be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete and unsigned forms WILL NOT be accepted.
Advisor Request Form
GPA Verification Form
Forms can be downloaded from: http://mynsbe.nsbe.org/
Academic Pyramid of Excellence (APEx)
To become an APEx member, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or higher. GPA's are measured on a 4.0 grading scale.
There are three APEx Levels:
- APEx Honors: 3.6 - 4.0
- APEx Torchbearer: 3.2 - 3.5
- APEx Excel: 3.0- 3.1
Benefits of being an APEx member
- National Convention and Fall Regional Conference discounts
- Early admittance onto Career Fair floor during National Convention
- Grants entrance into special APEx events and receptions
- Receives APEx Lapel PinGPA Verification GPAGGG