Standard Questions and Answers for 2008 Scholarship program Question Answer Go to www.ffa.org. Click the Scholarship link (with two students in caps and gowns), then the 2008 Online Application. Be sure to gather required information before beginning (non-members can disregard anything labeled "FFA"). Click "Login." First time visitors must "register" to create a user name and case-sensitive password. They will receive an email How do I apply confirming user name. Username and password are required to log back into the 2008 Online Application. Applicant will be prompted to "Login" and should be directed to the "Important Notes" page. If not, click on the "application" OR tab. Read the notes to navigate through the application. The "Next" button at the bottom of notes page takes applicant to terms and conditions and the beginning of the actual application. Enter required information accurately, especially email How do college students apply addresses, as all notices are sent via email. College students should use their high school class rank and ACT/SAT scores and collegiate GPA. If you have registered and created a username and password, you need to "login" to the 2008 Online Application (the "Login" tab will change to "Logout"). Click the "application" tab. Read the "Important Notes." Use the "Next" button at the bottom of When I log into the 2008 online the page to move to Terms and Conditions, then into the application. The "next" button also acts as an automatic "save" scholarship application, I don't see the feature for information entered on that specific page. application Do not use "Auto fill" features on your computer. There are four scholarships available to non-FFA applicants: Cargill, DEKALB, Monsanto and Rose Acre Farms. Eligibility I'm not an FFA member - can I get a depends on whether the application meets sponsor criteria (described in the 2008 Guidebook on the scholarship website at scholarship www.ffa.org). Did I fill out right application The answer to "Are you an FFA member" directs applicant to appropriate application Can I get a "hard" copy to mail in No, all applications must be submitted online Information is automatically saved by clicking the "Next" button at the bottom of each page. Information on that particular page How do I "save" my information is lost if applicants exit the application before clicking the "Next" button. I logged out and lost information on my application. I get an error message trying Do not use the "Auto fill" feature (shows drop down of previous entries when beginning to type). Re-key all information to re-enter it. manually. Please try logging into the 2008 Online application using the username and password you created when you registered. If it does not work and you remember your username, try the "forgot password" function. The system will send a new password to the email address you registered. Do not use the "forgot password" function too many times or the application will be locked for 24-48 hours. I think I'm only partially registered - I If neither of those options work, please re-register using a different, valid email address. The system will only allow an email didn't get a email back address to be used once. Be sure applicant is on the 2008 Online Application login page and is using the username and password created when they registered on the 2008 Online Application. Some applicants are confusing the application site with "MyFFA." They are two separate sites with individual login requirements. Applicants receive an email confirmation after registering. That email contained their username. If applicants don't remember their password but do remember their username, they can use the "forgot password" function. If the "forgot password" function Applicant registered, but "user name" is used, the system will send a new password. The new password MUST be used to access the 2008 Online Application from gets cut off when they try to log back in that point forward. OR If applicant is sure they are using the correct username and password and are in the 2008 Online Application, they may be locked out from having attempted to login too many times or from having used the "forgot password" function too many times. The website won't recognize my log in Applicant should wait 24-48 hours before attempting to log back into the application. We do not have access to usernames or passwords. Your username was emailed to you when you registered on the application. If you know your username, you could use the "forgot password" function, which would email a new permanent password to you. If you can't remember the answer to your security question, you can't use the "forgot password" option and there is nothing we can do to help you. Your only option would be to begin the process all over, registering with a different valid email address. (The system will only allow an email address to be used once.) Applicant forgot user name and/or If you elect to begin again, please write down your username and case-sensitive password. You will need to access your password application to print your signature page after your advisor approves your application. Membership numbers can be found on the mailing label of a student's New Horizons magazine. If it is not there, the state FFA Where is my membership number advisor would have it. Advisor - not getting email notices that scholarship applications are ready for review. If there is a firewall blocking access, the school IT department can add the following domains to their "safe" lists: Or @scholarshipsapp.ffa.org; @ffa.org OR @nationalffa.org. Once the technology department has added these domains, please There is no "live" link in advisor approvalhave students go back into their applications and re-submit to initiate another message. Contact email@example.com if you email continue to experience difficulties receiving advisor emails or live links. Here is the link for your student's application. If the link isn't "live" or if only part of the link is live (which brings up an "error" page) or if the web address wraps around to two lines of type, you must copy and paste the ENTIRE address [beginning with Advisor link not live - FFA is sending the https: and ending with Type=1] in the address line of your internet browser. Make sure to use the entire address - both the link "live" portion AND the portion that went to "plain text" - it needs to be exactly as it appears with capitalization, symbols, numbers, etc., with no spaces between the live and plain portions. Students complete their application and click "Submit." The system generates a message to the advisor email address. The message subject line reads: "Scholarship Application Ready For Review" and contains the student's name and a live link to that student's summary page. Advisors review the application, complete the "Advisor Certification" portion at the bottom, then click "submit." The system generates a message to the student indicating their application has been approved and directing them to log back into their application to print their signature page. Advisor - How do I approve an application If you are not receiving your emails, the school may have a firewall blocking access. The school IT department can add the following domains to their "safe" lists - firstname.lastname@example.org; @scholarshipsapp.ffa.org; @ffa.org or @nationalffa.org. Once the technology department has added these domains, please have students go back into their applications and re-submit to initiate another message. Contact email@example.com if you continue to experience difficulties receiving advisor emails or live links. Advisor wants to "see" application before Student can print summary pages before clicking "Submit" approving Student can submit - advisor can view, but does not have to approve application at that time Provide a brief evaluation of the applicant's program Ag-Ed/FFA/SAE and dedication as a student. Indicate special What should be in advisor statement circumstances, such as financial need, which should be considered. Applicant should go back to the 2008 Online Application and login. Their application summary page contains "edit" links to each section. Click on the edit link in the section needing changes, make the change, then click "next" through to the end of the application and click "submit" again. The advisor will receive a second email with a link to the approval page. If the advisor scored the SAE, entered an advisor statement, checked the advisor checkbox and clicked "submit," the application is approved. Once approved, the "edit" links disappear from application summary page and are replaced by a link How do applicant make changes to "Print Signature Page." If applicant can print their signature page, the application is locked and cannot be changed. Can student see advisor statement Students cannot view the advisor statement after the application is approved. Go back to earlier page with membership question and insure "yes" is selected. Enter first few characters of chapter number in Chapter info "gray" on application text box and wait for drop list to appear. Select correct chapter number, then click "Load Chapter" link. Proceed to next page. A signature page signals the application is complete, but more importantly, that the information submitted has been verified as accurate. Guidance counselors or principals verify academic achievement and class ranking. Parents verify they are aware their child has provided personal information that may include family finances. The application is electronic - why do we Ford and Cargill signatures are part of the sponsors' criteria. Those signatures only apply if a student wants their application need a signature page considered for either of those specific scholarships. FFA members cannot print signature page until after advisor approves the application. Students will receive an email with instructions to log back into the application to print the signature page when the application is approved. Advisors cannot print How does applicant print Signature Page out signature pages. Students must read and accept the terms and conditions before they begin the application. Their acceptance constitutes an Where do applicants sign electronic signature. No physical signature is needed. It is not mandatory to get a Cargill signature. However, to qualify for a Cargill scholarship, applicants must obtain a signature Do I have to get a Cargill signature from an approved facility. Call 1-888-476-9332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for approved facilities. Applicants see a summary page before they click "Submit." They should review their information, check for accuracy and edit Can I print the summary pages as needed. Summary sheets may be printed at this time. FFA applicants can edit their application as long as it has not been approved. Applicants should log in, make the edits, then Can FFA students make changes after click "Submit" again. Advisors will receive a second email notice with a live link when a student re-submits an application. If they submit an application the advisor has approved the application, it cannot be changed. Have the student log back into their application and re-enter the information. When they finish typing the essay, they need to Applicant or Advisor - the SAE essay use the "Tab" key on their keyboard to move out of the essay field. They should then be able to click the "next" button to save won't save the information. You do not need to receive an email to access your application. Log back into your 2008 Online Application. If there is a link to "Print Signature Page," your application has been approved. You should print your signature page, gather the required Applicant - My advisor approved my signatures and mail it by the February 15, 2008 deadline. If the "Print Signature Page" link is not on your summary pages, your application, but I didn't get an email application has not been approved. Re-submit the application and contact your advisor to insure their approval. All data is secure on the server and the SSN field is encrypted. As an additional precaution, we purchased a certificate for a This isn't a "secure" site secure site. Visitors to the original http://scholarships.ffa.org address are automatically redirected to the secure site. We experienced technical difficulties with the signature page. Those difficulties have been resolved. If you are still unable to I get an error message when I try to print print your signature page, please go to www.adobe.com and download Adobe Reader 8.1. You should be able to print your the signature page signature page after that. In some instances, applicants begin an application, abandon it, then complete and submit a second application. If you submitted an application, if your advisor has approved it and if you have printed your signature page - please disregard the "incomplete" message. Applicant - I got an email that my If you submitted an application and your advisor has not approved it, please remind your advisor the application is waiting for application is "incomplete" his or her approval. In some instances, applicants begin an application, abandon it, then complete and submit a second application. If your students submitted applications and you have approved them (students will be able to print their signature pages) - please Advisor - I got an email that an disregard the "incomplete" message. application is "incomplete" If your student has submitted an application and you have not approved it, please do so at your earliest opportunity.