Da Hagan Scholarship Overview
Dan Hagan Scholarship has benefitted two Wayne County High School graduates
Alex Piercy followed in 2018 graduate Tanner Thompson’s footsteps in obtaining the nationwide – need based merit scholarship that helps rural students graduate college debt free.
Both of the Wayne County High School graduates are by happenstance attending the University of Kentucky.
Both students believe their local public education was a positive experience and helped prepare them for post-secondary education.
Tanner is in his second year at UK and has taken his college experience to another level through a study abroad trip this semester to New Zealand where he will study international finance.
The business/finance major is a UK athletic supporter and works part time at Monticello Bank in Lexington. Alex is in her first year at UK, currently majoring in Neuroscience, PreMed.
Alex, the daughter of Connie and Dallas Piercy, began working on the scholarship application in the fall of 2018.
Like many other college-bound seniors, she was caught up in a flurry of essay writing and filling out applications, a somewhat stressful time for students who are trying to get ahead.
“My mom saw the scholarship on the school website” scrolling down the counselor’s page scholarship options, explained Alex.
So, her journey to obtain the scholarship (viewed as quite a long-shot) began. She said the application was very particular…everything had to be exact.
One of the most important things was that you had to follow the directions submitting a four-year plan.
Alex was used to working hard in school. She had accumulated 49 credit hours through dual credit classes when she graduated.
She had followed the Biomedical Pathway featuring three high school courses through Project Lead the Way emphasizing STEM curriculum.
She had studied Bio Medical Science, Human Body Systems, and Medical Interventions.
She coupled her high school offerings with a Medicaid Nurse Aide Class at the Area Technology Center, which enabled her to become certified as a State Registered Nurses Aide (SRNA).
While still in high school and in the summer, she worked at Golden Years Nursing Home as a Nurse Aide. She said she learned a lot about teamwork while employed there.
She also took advantage of the Microsoft Office Specialist class at the ATC to become MOS certified which helped her with technical skills in writing papers.
In addition to these classes, she was also involved in extra-curricular activities like: FBLA, GT, HOSA, BETA, STEM Club, Academic Team and Student Government Association.
With a 4.37 weighted GPA and 28 ACT score, along with a perfect attendance record during her high school years, Alex, like many of her peers were very deserving of a scholarship.
However, the four-year $48,000 Hagan Scholarship was not something she was counting on to make her dream come true to become a pediatrician.
Fortunately, for the Wayne County student, her dream may indeed come true because during graduation practice last May.
She looked down at her phone and had received an email from Dan Hagan letting her know she was selected as a recipient and would need to report to a workshop in Columbia, Missouri, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Conference Center on July 10.
Alex recalled, “I was screaming with all my friends in the gym” that I had been selected to the program. She would be one of over 800 Hagan Scholars from 42 states that would be attending 325 colleges and universities the fall semester of 2019.
Both Tanner and Alex said that Dan Hagan, Trustee of the Hagan Scholarship Foundation, kept a low profile at the first year workshop.
Apparently, Hagan grew up in a rural area and understood how helpful a scholarship could be to a student who was willing to persevere and work hard. In fact, he told them he was not doing this for the attention.
Not knowing anyone, Alex checked in at a registration table, went in the conference room and mingled with students from as far away as California, Michigan, and Texas. Her parents had driven her to the workshop.
“It was pretty cool,” Alex remembered.
The next thing she knew, Dan Hagan was at the podium speaking to the group, along with other founders. “He was kind of a jokester and I liked that,” said Alex.
The students spent the day learning valuable information about how to succeed in college, achieving financial goals, budgeting, and how to get off to a strong start during their first semester.
She learned from a student panel of six past Hagan recipients, as well before ending the day with a wealth of valuable tips.
Alex’s future seems headed in the right direction, as is the case for many of Wayne County’s Class of 2019, as she starts her second semester at the University of Kentucky.
1. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
2. Must attend an Eligible Public High School.
3. Must have achieved a 3.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average.
4. Must enroll at an Eligible Four-Year College or University the first semester following high school graduation.
5. Must maintain a four year or less graduation schedule in college.
6. Must work 240 hours during the twelve months prior to fall semester college enrollment. Preferred employment is regularly scheduled work performed under supervision for compensation.
7. Must provide the FAFSA SAR showing the EFC. Must be Pell Grant eligible. The family EFC does not have to be paid, it is used only to determine disbursement amounts.
8. Must apply for Federal and State grants if eligible.
9. Must not have a felony conviction.
The intended recipient of a Hagan Scholarship is a high-achieving student having clear goals in need of financial assistance to attend college.
If you meet the eligibility requirements you should apply for a scholarship. The award of a Hagan Scholarship has been life-changing for many recipients.
How to Apply for Dan Hagan Scholarship 2021
To apply for Dan Hagan Scholarship you will some recommended documents and here the following documents you’ll need:
- Application Form
- Driver’s License
- Financial Need Analysis
- Personal Photograph
Dan Hagan Scholarship Deadline 2021
Applicants must attend an eligible public high school.
Applicants must create a UN and PW to access the Application.
Over six hundred more scholarships can be awarded in April 2022.
Meanwhile the Dan Hagan Scholarship Application Deadline is December 1, 2021
How many scholarships are awarded?
Over 2,400 Hagan Scholarships have been awarded to date.
Over six hundred more scholarships can be awarded in April 2022.
What are my chances of being awarded a Hagan Scholarship?
About 50% of eligible applicants are awarded scholarships, the highest award percentage of any national scholarship.
How much is the Hagan Scholarship worth?
1. Hagan Scholarship: Up to $48,000 over four years
2. Study Abroad: Up to $8,000
3. Investment Account Earnings: Up to $10,000
4. Personal Brokerage Account: $2,000
Total Potential Benefit: $68,000
How many colleges and universities are attended by Hagan Scholars?
Hagan Scholars currently attend 378 colleges and universities.
Can I attend the college or university of my choice?
YES. Recipients can attend any traditional four year not-for-profit college or university accredited by one of six regional accreditors in the United States. Eligible institutions.
Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to attend Graduate School?
YES. Recipients graduating college in less than four years can use the remainder of their eight semester Hagan Scholarship to attend graduate school or a professional school.
Graduate students must earn 12 GPA credit hours each semester to be eligible for HSF funding.
Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to Study Abroad?
NO. HSF will only fund study abroad using Study Abroad Awards; unless study abroad is a mandatory degree requirement and recipient obtains a waiver from HSF.
Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to fund Online courses?
Online courses are permitted only if the course IS NOT offered as a seated on-campus class and is a mandatory degree requirement. Online credit hours are limited to 6 hours each year.
Is this a need-based or merit-based scholarship?
BOTH. Recipients must authenticate financial need in order to attend college. Then, recipients are selected based upon academic ability, achievement in and out of school, personal goals and future promise.
I have a conflict, can I be excused from attending the second and fourth year Mandatory Workshops?
NO. Workshop attendance is mandatory. You will have to decide which is more important to you, the conflict or Hagan Scholarship.
Will the Hagan Scholarship help pay personal expenses?
YES. Disbursement amounts are determined using the Total Cost of Attendance, which include room and board and personal expenses.
Can the Hagan Scholarship be used to attend a community college?
NO. Recipients must attend a four-year not-for-profit accredited college or university. Students can typically work and attend a community college without incurring substantial debt.
How is the dollar amount of each scholarship determined?
The dollar amount of each scholarship is determined by HSF according to Description, Paragraph 1. Recipients living at home or with family are not eligible for room and board disbursements.
Can I decline offered scholarships, awards, and grants to increase the Hagan Scholarship?
NO. Any such action will result in loss of the Hagan Scholarship.
Can the scholarship award amount be adjusted?
YES. The scholarship award amount will be adjusted each subsequent award year to offset the expiration or loss of other scholarships, awards, grants, and waivers and changes in the recipient’s EFC.
When are scholarship disbursements made?
Disbursements are made mid-semester after receipt and verification of recipient information. See Responsibilities, Part Two.
Are my parents required to pay their EFC?
NO. The EFC is used to determine disbursement amounts only.
How do I maintain my eligibility for the scholarship?
Recipients must remain current with Recipient Responsibilities, fulfill Schwab Account and Study Abroad responsibilities and attend the free Mandatory Workshops.
When can I apply for a scholarship?
The Scholarship Application can be accessed on our website after September 1.
Can I add additional information after submitting my Scholarship Application?
NO. All information must be submitted with the Scholarship Application.
Can I add classes after my scholarship funds have been disbursed?
YES. Additional costs must be paid by the recipient.
Can I transfer my scholarship to another school?
YES. A scholarship recipient may transfer one time after the first academic year to another eligible college or university. First year recipients can change schools until enrollment.
What happens if I fail to comply with Recipient Responsibilities?
Failure to comply with Recipient Responsibilities will result in loss of the scholarship.
Why have workshops?
The mandatory workshops are intended to help recipients obtain a practical understanding of important life skills not typically covered in the school curriculum.
Why are recipients required to work?
The Grantor worked during high school and college and believes each scholarship recipient will personally benefit by contributing to the cost of his or her education.
Can work study be used to satisfy the work requirement?
YES. All regularly scheduled work performed under supervision for compensation can be used to satisfy the work requirement.
Why are the scholarships limited to public schools located in rural counties, and remote rural areas in larger counties?
The Grantor attended four small rural public schools.
Can home schooled students apply for a scholarship?
Why so particular about the Application Process?
1. To minimize administrative costs.
2. To see how well each applicant follows instructions.
Is there an application or processing fee?
There is no application or processing fee.