NST Scholarship Fund

The scholarship application opens for new applicants every year on December 1st. Students seeking to renew their scholarship can start the process when the renewals application opens on January 1st.

Applications must be submitted by April 1st. Please see the Two Ten website for more information on the deadlines.

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  • The completion of the NST scholarship is the responsibility of the student and the NST member.
  • No extension or grace period is given for incomplete applications.
  • Your application is handled by a third party scholarship management company hired by Two-Ten to protect your privacy and confidential information.
  • No NST Board member or employee of NST has any bearing on the outcome of the scholarship.
Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Either the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must be currently employed in the footwear or allied industries for a minimum of two years leading up to the application, or have spent the majority of their working lives in the footwear industry, and the student must be a dependent; or the student must be currently employed in the footwear or all allied industries and must have been employed for a minimum of 1,000 hours during the two years leading up to applying.
  • The applicant must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • The applicant must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a degree program at an accredited twoor four-year college, university, vocational/ technical or nursing school.
  • Graduate students are not eligible to apply.
To be Eligible for the Two-Ten Footwear Design Scholarship:
  • The applicant must demonstrate an interest and commitment to a career in footwear design.
  • The applicant must attend or plan to attend an approved post-secondary degree program at an accredited two­ or four-year College, university, or vocational/ technical institution.
    • The applicant must display financial need.
    • The applicant must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    • The applicant must submit a portfolio of their designs in the application.
When is the application deadline?

April 1, 2021

When is the verification deadline?

April 8, 2021

Should I submit all of my information before I request an Employee or Design Program verification?

No. You should request your verification as early as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for the verification to be submitted by the deadline.

What is the Program timeline? (please note these dates are from the last application process)
  • Application Opens: December 1, 2020
  • Renewal Application Opens: January 4,2021
  • New and Renewal Application Deadline: April 8, 2021
  • Renewal Notifications: by June 2021
  • Scholarship Recipient Notification begins: June 2021
  • Scholarship Checks Issued: August 2021
What are the selection criteria?

An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:

  • Financial need
  • Essay content (written or video essay)
  • Academic achievements and records
  • Interest and commitment to career (Footwear Design applicants)

Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.

What are the details of the award?
  • The number and amount of awards varies and are based on financial need of the recipients.
  • The scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
  • The scholarships will be applied to tuition and fees for degree programs at accredited, nonprofit two- or four-year colleges/universities in the United States.
  • Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.
  • Scholarship funds cannot be used to cover summer or winter intersession school expenses.
Is this scholarship renewable?


What are the renewal details?

Each year you will receive an email notification with instructions to complete the online renewal application. You will need to provide a transcript showing your cumulative GPA. You must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to be considered for renewal. You must renew within two years of the most recent complete renewal to remain eligible in the program.  A gap larger than two years between complete renewals will require you to complete a new application.

Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

You should list your first choice on the application.

How do I change my college choice?

You may update your final school choice on the My Profile page at https://aim.applylSTS.net If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make sure your college is updated at least 30 days prior to the check issue date stated in the award notification, so your check can be issued accordingly. This will not update any application or acceptance forms; however, all awards are issued based on the My Profile page.

How do I know if my application is complete?

Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update. You may monitor the status of your application on your home page at https://aim.applyists.net/

    • Started: items are needed or are being processed. To see the items, click the gray or yellow ‘Started’ tile next to the application title. This will open another box listing all required items and the current stat us of each.
    • Complete: all required forms and attachments (if applicable) have been received and your application will be considered for the scholarship.

You may also monitor the status of your attachments and recommendations (if applicable).

    • Not Received: the attachment has either not been received or has been rejected.
    • Not Started: the form has not been requested or started.
    • Requested: the form request has been created, but the form has not been started.
    • Processing: the attachment has been received and is being reviewed.
    • Rejected: the attachment was not accepted and has been rejected.
    • Accepted: the attachment has been verified and accepted by ISTS.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirement s to make sure the application is complete. The status Complete will display on the home page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.

I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application. Do I need to upload it again?

There are two situations where your attachment might not upload:

  • You upload a file with the same name as one that has already been accepted.
  • You upload a file with the same name as one that is waiting to be processed.

Example: You upload your school transcript file and then try to upload the same file with the same name for your test scores requirement because your scores were on it. You simply need to rename the file in order to upload it again so that it may be processed as your test scores.

How do I upload more than one file at a time?

You may create a .zip file containing more than one file as long as everything included is in an acceptable format
(i.e. .pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps. )

How do I create a .zip file?

To use this format, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Create a new folder on your Desktop, name it the document type you will be uploading. For example, Test Scores, Transcript, or Financial Documentation.
  2. Move all the pages you wish to upload into the new folder.

3. Right-click on the document from your Desktop:

  1. PC Users: select “Send to,” followed by “Compressed (zipped) folder.
  2. Mac Users: select Compress ‘[folder name]’.”


  • Your new .zip file will be located on your Desktop, ready to upload.


What is the difference between Official and Unofficial Transcripts?

Official transcripts must be obtained through your high school administration office, or your college registrar office. These transcripts are normally printed on official letterhead and/or state that they are official. These may contain a signature.

Note : Your official transcript may come to you in a sealed envelope, stating it will become unofficial if opened. When scanning or copying your official transcripts, a watermark may appear noting they are now unofficial. Despite any watermarks or sealed envelopes, you may open the envelope if needed to upload the document. These documents will still be considered official for our purposes. When scanning or copying, you do not need to include a copy of the sealed envelope.

Unofficial transcripts may be accessed through your school’s online student portal. These pages must still be converted to one of the acceptable file formats. There are free tools available that will allow you to save various documents (including web pages) as a PDF. Unofficial transcripts must contain your name and the school name and contact information.

What are the DOs and DON'Ts of uploading documents to my application?


  • Upload in the correct file format.
  • Only upload the requested documents.
  • Black out any Social Security numbers on the documents you are uploading. This is not required, but advised. Return to your Home page at https://aim.applylSTS.net to verify your documents have been accepted.


  • Upload a Microsoft Word™ document (.doc, .docx) or any other format we don’t accept. Upload more than the requested documentation.
  • Assume your documents are correct and accepted once you have uploaded them. Upload a document stating you are mailing your documents.
  • Assume the required document does not pertain to you. If the application states the document is required, your application will remain incomplete if you do not provide that document.
  • Password protect your uploaded documents. Password-protected documents will be rejected. Upload any file that has a viewing expiration date.
Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline. If you do not follow the upload instruct ions exactly, your application may not be considered . Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and are uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time.

How and when will I receive notification?
  • Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email by the end of July. For recipients, an Acceptance link will be displayed on the home page following the notification.
  • Add donotreply@applylSTS.com, contactus@applylSTS.com and two ten@applylSTS.com to your email address book or “safe senders list” to ensure these import ant emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.
  • Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from donotreply@applylSTS.com, contactus@applylSTS.com or twoten@applylSTS.com. You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications.

Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third parties.

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

You must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by scholarship sponsor, deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution with its attached instructions, and notify Two Ten should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.

How and when are checks issued?

Checks w ill be issued in early August to each recipient’s mailing address and made payable to the inst itut ion on the profile page. For questions about your check, contact scholarship@twoten.org.

Are scholarships taxable?

Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also click here to consult IRS Publication 970 for further information.

Program Administration

To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs. 

My parent's employment makes me eligible for this scholarship. Whose contact information should I include?

You, the applicant, must register with a personal email address. Do not use a parent’s work email address. Your My Profile page should reflect your legal name and contact information. If your parent’s information is needed, it will be specifically asked for on the application.


For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here or call toll-free (855) 670-ISTS (4787).
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