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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Eligibility

 
Am I eligible for the GPS Program?
To be eligible for the GPS Program, you must:
  • Be a rising high school junior or senior;
  • Have a strong A-B academic record;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and active involvement at school and/or in the community; and
  • Be African American.
 
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for the GPS Program?
Yes. You do need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for the GPS Program.


Application & Deadline Requirements
 
What should I submit to complete my application?
To complete the GPS application you must do each of the following:
  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Upload one reference letter.
  • Upload an unofficial high school transcript.
  • Upload your SAT/ACT scores.
  • Upload your resume or list of activities/awards.
  • Submit two brief personal statements.
 
When is the deadline for the application?
Completed applications must be submitted by May 31, 2017 by midnight.
 
I cannot submit my reference letter and/or unofficial transcript by May 31, 2017? Can I turn it in later?
The only applications that will be considered to be complete are those which are submitted by May 31, 2017 by midnight with all of the required application materials attached. Any applications that are incomplete will not be eligible for review.
 
I don’t have time to order an official transcript.  What should I do?
Unofficial transcripts are eligible for submission. 
 
I only have an official transcript. Can I still submit it for review?
Yes.  Although we only require unofficial transcripts, those students who submit an official transcript will not be penalized.
 
What is an unofficial transcript?
An unofficial transcript is a student-copy of their transcript and is not considered official. It does not include a high school seal or a registrar’s signature. If you have any questions on whether your transcript is official or unofficial, please contact your high school’s academic office.
 
Who should I select to complete my recommendation?
The recommendation letter should be from a teacher or professional.
 
The application asks for my test scores. Should my test scores be official?
No. Your test scores need not be official. Just indicate on the application the score you earned and the specific test that was taken. You may also upload your score report for the College Board.
 
I have accidentally provided the wrong email address! What should I do?
If you have not received a confirmation email for your login in your inbox, please make sure to check your spam folder because it might be there instead. If you are unsure of whether or not you submitted the wrong email, you may check by plugging in your email to have the confirmation email be resent. If the confirmation email is in neither your inbox nor your spam folder, you will have to create a new account with the correct email address.
 
What should be submitted to complete the application?
For the application to be considered as complete and eligible for review, you must:
  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Upload one reference letter.
  • Upload an unofficial high school transcript.
  • Upload test scores (if applicable).
  • Upload resume or list of activities/awards (optional).
  • Submit two brief personal statements through the online application.
 
Application Submission Procedures
 
The dates/times associated with my submitted material seem to be a few hours off. Why is this?
This happens when we are unaware of your local time zone. Please set your time zone in your account settings page.
 
I would like to submit my completed application by mail. To what address should I send it?
Applications must be submitted online. 
 
Can I fax or email my application?
Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to accept faxed or emailed applications or any part of the application.
 
 
Selection
 
How many applicants will the RBS GPS Program select?
Students will be selected on a competitive basis.  The RBS GPS Program is not limited to a minimum or maximum number of participants to accept. 
 
Managing Your Online Account
Where do I make my account?
You can make a new account by going to the home page and clicking on the “Sign Up” button. Once you’ve completed the instructions you should be able to login from the home page. If you have any further questions you can follow the step-by-step process on how to make a new account.
 
How Do I Create a New Account?
  1. Go to the home page.
  2. On the right-hand side of the home page you should see a “Need An Account?” headline. Click the “Create An Account” button which is underneath it. You will be sent to a new page where you need to input all the asked for information.
  3. Make sure you do not have Caps Lock on when writing your password.
  4. Hit the “Register” button at the bottom of the page. You should get a confirmation email shortly.
 
How do I activate my account?
Upon creating an account you should have received an email to the provided email address.  This email will have instructions on how to activate your account.  If you cannot see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.
 
I have still not received an email to activate my account. What should I do?
If you did not receive your confirmation email, you can enter your email address, to have it be resent.
 
I lost my password/I am having trouble logging in.  How can I login?
You will have to reset you password. If you have any further questions you can follow the step-by-step process on how to reset your password here:
 
How do I re-set my password?
  1. Go to the home page.
  2. On the right-hand side of the home page you should see a “Already Have A GPS Account” headline. Right next to the “Sign In” button, clink the link which says “Trouble Signing In?”
  3. You will be sent to a new page. Under the first headline click the “click here” button to reset your password.
  4. You will be sent to a new page. At this page it will prompt you to type in your email. Once you have done that click the “Reset my password” button at the bottom of the screen. You should get an email which explains how to reset your email shortly. 
 
By resetting my password will I lose all my work?
No, resetting your password will not delete all of your work.  You will have the same saved information for your application, but only your password will be different.
 
Other Questions
 
What if I have more questions?
If you have any other questions regarding the GPS Initiative contact us at our office at (434) 964-1588 or by email at info@ronbrown.org.