Scholarships – FAQ

Do I need to complete an application for each scholarship that EREF offers?

EREF  has one scholarship application that applies to all scholarships. EREF’s Board of Directors and staff determine which scholarship is awarded to a student.


Do I need to cite references in my research statement?

It is not required but, if you chose to include them, they are included in the 500 word limit.


Can illustrations be inserted into the research statement?


What does the recommender need to submit?

The provided recommendation form is required. If your recommender would like to submit a letter as well, they may attach it to the recommendation form and submit them together.

Where does my recommender submit the recommendation form? 

They must submit their letter through InfoReady. They have two options (1) they can submit it through the original email they received (click “Start Letter”), or (2) they can create an InfoReady account (using the same email address where the letter was requested) and they can upload the letter that way through the “letter” tab. If they have lost their original email, you can send them a new one through your saved or submitted application.

Is my application considered complete if my recommenders have not completed the recommendation?

The application is not complete without the 3 recommendations.

What do I do if my recommender is not able to complete the recommendation before the application is due?

The recommendations are critical to the application so please select another recommender.


Do I need to submit transcripts that are in a language other than English?

Please only submit transcripts that are in English.


When will I be notified if I have been awarded a scholarship?

You will be notified in mid August.


Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?


Questions? Please send an e-mail to or call 919.861.6876, Ext. 111