1. What is Beans for Brains?
Beans for Brains is a 501(c)(3) merit-based scholarship program for artistic students attending an approved accredited institution of higher education. This program recognizes students for a variety of characteristics such as GPA, community service, project knowledge, financial need, and more while uplifting their creativity through fiber arts!
2. Important Dates:
- March 2, 2020: Application goes live.
- April 1, 2020: Application opens.
- April 30, 2020: Application closes.
- June 1, 2020: Winners notified on or around.
- June 12, 2020: Beans for Brains scholars announced on or around.
3. Who is eligible to apply?
Beans for Brains scholarship is open to all students with a 3.0 GPA and higher that know how to knit, crochet, and/or weave while attending an approved accredited institution of higher education during the 2020-2021 academic school year. This means any graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates, and professional school students who major in any course are eligible!
We invite applications from everyone no matter your gender, age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, disability, etc. If you don't see your group in the list above, we encourage you to still apply - diversity is ever-changing and we want to hear from you!
4. How many scholarships will be awarded?
A total of six scholarships of $2500 each will be awarded. One student from each of the four U.S. Regions as outlined by the U.S. Census as well as one student from Reno, Nevada and one Community Service Award.
6. What are the four U.S. Regions outlined by the U.S. Census?
The four regions are West, Midwest, Northeast and South. Here's a map of the regions.
7. How do students determine which region they fall into?
The region a student falls into is based on the location of their hometown. For example, a student whose hometown is Los Angeles, California falls into the West region.
8. Why is there a Reno, Nevada award?
Jimmy Beans Wool is located in Reno, NV and will be awarding one local student with a scholarship.
9. Can students apply if they have not yet been accepted to an approved accredited institution of higher education?
Yes. Students may apply if they have not yet been accepted to an approved accredited institution of higher education. If this is the case and such students are awarded a scholarship, verification of enrollment in the Fall 2020 Semester will be required before receiving the funds.
10. How do students apply?
Fully complete the application and electronically submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org with attached photos (see requirements below) of an original knitted, crocheted and/or woven project via the Beans for Brains scholarship.
NOTE: Both of these components are required to be considered for an award.
11. What are the requirements for project photos?
There are four requirements for submitting project photos:
- The maximum photo file size that can be accepted is 80KB (kilobytes). All photos must be 80KB or less in order to be considered
- The minimum photo size accepted will be 800px. It should be at least 800px in width or 800px in height.
- Only .jpg and .png images are accepted.
- Only two images per application, one of your project and one of the applicant.
12. What are the requirements for applications submissions?
- Your application must be submitted using the application form available via the Beans for Brains page.
- The picture must be submitted within that form must be in .jpg or .png format.
- Incomplete applications or applications missing required fields will not be eligible for consideration.
13. What are the requirements for project submissions?
- You can either submit a project of your own design, or you can use someone else's pattern. Either option will grant equal opportunity for consideration.
- Please only submit ONE project.
- The image must match the project described in your application.
14. Where can students find the application?
Students can download the application here starting March 2, 2020.
15. When can students start applying?
Students can start applying April 1, 2020. The application will be available for downloading here.
16. When is the last day that students can apply?
The last day students can apply is Thursday, April 30, 2020. The application and project photos are due by 11:59 PM PST that day. Applications and project photos received after this time/date will not be considered for an award.
17. Are extensions ever granted for late applications and project photos?
No. All applications and project photos must be received by the due date. Late applications and project photos will not be considered for an award.
18. Can students mail or fax in their application and project photo?
No. Applications and project photos must be submitted electronically via the Beans for Brains page.
Applications and project photos sent via mail or fax will be discarded and not considered for an award.
19. How can students verify their applications and project photo was received?
Students will receive an e-mail confirmation upon completion of their submission.
21. May I enter more than once?
Yes, you can apply to as many scholarship awards that you qualify for. For example, if you live in Reno, NV, you could apply for the Reno Award, Regional Award and Community Service Award.
22. If students have questions what should they do?
All questions should be emailed to email@example.com.
23. Can students call Jimmy Beans Wool to discuss Beans for Brains or if they need help?
No, we ask that students please do not call. All questions/comments regarding the scholarship should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
24. When will winners be notified and announced?
All winners will be notified on or around June 1, 2020. Winners will be announced on or around June 12, 2020. A Beans for Brains representative will notify awardees via email.
25. Will I be notified if I do not win an award?
No, we are only able to notify those who win an award.
26. When will winners receive their scholarship money?
Scholarship money for winners will be distributed by Beans for Brains directly to the student's approved accredited institution of higher education starting in July 2020 pending receipt of proof of enrollment.