Required Forms

  • Certifications Form
    The Certifications Form is a required online form that must be completed by your high school counselor to verify your academic information (i.e. SAT/ACT scores, coursework, etc.) Below is an outline of how this process works.
    1. Once the Academic Information section of your application is complete, an email will be generated to the counselor whose email address you provided.
    2. Please notify your counselor that they will receive an email from the Association with instructions on how to complete the certifications form online.
    3. Counselors will receive an email from the Association with instructions and a passcode to complete the online Certification Form.

  • High School Transcript
    You must submit a copy of your high school transcript to verify your GPA. Applicants have three options for how to submit a transcript. We prefer that you or your counselor upload your transcript online; however, if this is not an option you may send your transcript via mail. Please select one of the following options:
    1. Upload your transcript through the application (available under Paperwork Status/Transcript Upload section of your application)
    2. Have your high school counselor upload your transcript under the Certifications Form
    3. Send your transcript via mail. Faxes/emails will not be accepted. Transcripts may be mailed to:

      Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs
      327 2nd Street
      Suite 103
      Coralville, IA 52241

  • Support Form
    The Support Form is needed to verify the adversities mentioned in your application. Therefore, in order to enter the contact information for your Support Form provider, you must lock the adversity section so that your provider may review the adversities you indicated on your application.

    You must have one completed Support Form, but have the option of selecting up to two Support Form providers. The form must be filled out online. Faxes/emails/letters will not be accepted.

    Listed below are steps to follow to ensure your Support Form is completed successfully:

    1. Ask at least one individual to be your Support Form provider. This must be an adult over the age of 21 who is not related to you and is aware of the adversities mentioned in your application.
    2. Complete the Adversity section of your application and lock this section once complete. NOTE: Once you lock this section you CANNOT edit any information regarding your adversity. Therefore, please carefully review the Adversity section to make sure you have included all necessary information in your answers.
    3. Once you lock the Adversity section, you may open the Support Form section of the application to provide the name, email address, and other contact information requested of the support form provider(s).
    4. Once this section is complete, an email will be generated to your Support Form provider(s) with instructions on how to complete this information online.

  • Income Verification
    You must provide a copy of the first two pages of your parent/guardian's 2012 or 2013 (if available) individual federal tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ or 1099 SSA-Social Security Tax Form) or tax transcript. (View sample tax return)

    If you do not have a copy of a parent/guardian's tax return, you can order a tax transcript from the IRS by going to www.irs.gov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript. Please note: Tax transcripts may take 5-10 days to be received from the IRS.

    Important note for applicants submitting a Tax Transcript: Tax transcripts list dependents by social security number, for verification purposes please write your name next to your social security number on the tax transcript before submitting.


    If your parents/guardians were not required to file a tax return, include statement copies showing the amount of any government benefits, such as Public Assistance or Disability Payment documents. Faxes/emails will not be accepted.

    Please choose one of the following options to submit your parent/guardian’s tax return/tax transcript or government benefit payments:

    1. Upload online under the Paperwork section of your application (preferred).
    2. Mail your income verification information along with a cover sheet. Click here to download the required cover sheet. Income verification information may be mailed to:


      Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs
      327 2nd Street
      Suite 103
      Coralville, IA 52241

Tracking your documents
While logged into your application, you can confirm when the following information listed below is received by the Association:

  • Certifications Form
  • High School Transcript
  • Support Form
  • Income Verification

To view if this information has been received, click on the Paperwork Status/Upload Transcript section of your application. 


NOTE:
Please keep in mind that once you upload documents to your application, it will take approximately 2-3 days to be reviewed and marked as received by the Association. Paperwork sent by mail will take at least a week to be reviewed from the date you put it in the mail.