FAQs

I’m a great candidate. What should I do?
If you are college-bound, future-focused and get excited when you hear the words compound interest, then you could be in the running for a $10,000 scholarship from H&R Block Dollars & Sense. Don’t forget to check out the judging criteria first. Click here for Official Rules
What can the scholarship money be used for?
The scholarship money can be applied to tuition at any accredited four-year university for an undergraduate degree.
When does the application close?
The application closes on January 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST for all candidates (even if you live in Central, Mountain, or Pacific Coast time zones).
There are a couple of H&R Block Associates’ family members that I want to nominate. How can I do this?
If they meet the eligibility requirements, send them our way! Fill out the nomination form to share the page with people that you think deserve the CAPS scholarship.

PLEASE NOTE: A student does not need to be nominated to apply.
What are the essay questions?
For this scholarship, you’ll have to answer the following essay questions:
  1. The Budget Worksheet is aimed to help you identify your college expenses and better prepare you for tackling these financial responsibilities. How will you apply the lessons learned from this exercise to your actual college expenses and why you view higher education as a wise investment for your future (suggested length 400 words).

  2. Understanding financial literacy at a young age teaches important lessons in leadership and responsibility. How have you embodied these qualities in your community? (Your community could include: your volunteer experiences, any leadership roles at your school or youth groups, and/or any other projects or efforts you think we should really know about!). Suggested length of 300-500 words.

What’s the deal with the recommendations?
We’ll need a recommendation from your parent, stepparent, grandparent or step-grandparent who is a current regular or seasonal Associate for H&R Block in the United States. We will ask this recommender to tell us about your strong character and commitment to take control of your financial future.

PLEASE NOTE: A recommendation from your relative who works at H&R Block is REQUIRED. Before you start the application, make sure your relative is aware that they will have to fill out the recommendation form for you.
Who should I approach for a second recommendation?
A second recommendation is completely optional, but we’d love to hear from your biggest fans. If you do decide to reach out for a second recommendation, the strongest recommenders are people who are well informed about your plans for college and vision for the future. This should be someone who knows you well, but more importantly can attest to your maturity and determination as well as the actions taken to carve your own path to success. We suggest you send your recommender the judging criteria.

PLEASE NOTE: The second recommender cannot be a family member.
Help! I am having an issue with my application
Oops, sorry about that. Reach out to us and we’ll help you out right away: contracts@dosomething.org
How do I go back and edit my application?
You can edit your application by going to the application status page and clicking “Edit”. You must first be logged in to view this page.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to edit your application after it is submitted.
What happens if my computer crashes while I am working on the application?
Yikes! Computer crashes are the worst. To protect your application from being lost, make sure to FIRST write your essays in Word or Google Docs and then copy/paste them into the online application. Also, as you work on your application, periodically hit "Save as Draft" to save your changes. We have no ability to access your application if your computer crashes before you hit save, so please help us help you by making sure you have back-up copies of your essays.
Ok, I submitted, what now?
First, give yourself a high five for a job well done. Just applying for this scholarship shows that you are taking control of your financial future. We’ll reach out to you by early-March if you are a semi-finalist.
How are we being judged?
You will be judged in three different phases. In the first phase, a team of expert judges—made up of the TMI staff—will review candidates to make sure they embody qualities of a fiscally responsible, college-bound all-star. In the second phase, the DoSomething Strategic staff will conduct interviews (via Google Meet) to gain more insight. Lastly, in the third phase, DoSomething Strategic and H&R Block Dollars & Sense will decide on the 10 scholarship winners. For more information about how applicants will be considered, please read through the judging criteria.
What is H&R Block Dollars & Sense?
Funded by H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB), H&R Block Dollars & Sense is committed to increasing teens’ financial fitness by arming teachers and parents with tools to engage students in personal finance. The program has provided more than 1 million teens with the knowledge and confidence they need to manage their money.
What is DoSomething Strategic?
DoSomething Strategic is a strategy consultancy that builds off DoSomething.org’s 25 years of experience to help for-profit and not-for-profit brands in the fields of technology, millennials and impact. To learn more visit www.DoSomethingStrategic.org.
I have more questions, whom should I contact?
We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact use via email at contracts@dosomething.org and we’ll be happy to reach out to you right away.