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Merit Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Note: If your question is not listed here, please email Foundation assistant Kim Erickson at KimberlyErickson@ferris.edu

  1. Will my application be funded? Although there are many exceptional proposals submitted, funding is limited. Only those that best meet the criteria will ultimately be funded.

  2. I can't complete my application on time. Can I have extra time? Only those proposals submitted by the deadline will be considered.

  3. What if I can't get a signature on time? In preparing your proposal, it is important to communicate with your Dean/Department Head/Chair or Vice President/supervisor and arrange for signatures within the allowed time period. Applications without proper signatures will not be considered.

  4. Are there samples available to view? Yes. You can view winning applications by clicking here. Contact Foundation Assistant Kim Erickson by email at KimberlyErickson@ferris.edu or by phone at 231.591.2365 if you need additional assistance in viewing proposals.

  5. I'm trying to send my grant, but it wants to find an email program. What's happening? Per the instructions on the Merit Grant Homepage, it is critical that you be at a computer that has your Outlook client installed in order to successfully send the form to the Foundation office. Make sure you have your grant materials in a Word document. If you didn't do this, make sure you copy your materials to a Word file before you close the form. Otherwise, you will lose all your work. Take the word document to a computer that has your Outlook client, copy and paste the materials, then send it to the Foundation office.  Alternatively, see the instructions below for Mac computers.  You may also save a copy of the .xml file on the desktop of the computer you are using, open an internet version of an email program you use (i.e. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail) and attach it to an email to Kimberly Erickson (KimberlyErickson@ferris.edu).

  6. Note: When you click the "Submit" button, be sure to select "Desktop Email Application" and click "OK" to send your application through your Outlook account (special instructions for Macs below).

  7. I can't make this form work. Who can help me? Call Mary Kay MacIver at 591.3739. She can walk you through it, or she is happy to have you make an appointment to see her for assistance.

IMPORTANT.  If you are using a Mac computer to complete your application DO NOT USE SAFARI or GOOGLE CHROME.   This is due to the form using Java Script, which does not work in either of these browsers.  Note: Tests with Firefox have been successful.  Alternately, if you use Parallels, try opening the form in IE on your virtual machine. 

Whatever browser you choose, we recommend you test the form first before entering your grant information to make sure you can send it.  Put "test" in several of the fields and determine if the "Send by Email" button at the bottom of the form allows you to send it by "Desktop Email Application" via Outlook.   If this doesn't work, choose the "Internet Email" option, and save your .xml file to your desktop.   Choose the successful method to send your your grant via Outlook or your email program of choice to Kimberly Erickson.  If you are still having difficulties, contact MaryKay MacIver at x3739 for assistance.

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