In the Spring, the Scholarship Review Committee, consisting of volunteers who are professionals in fields of education, medicine, learning challenges (disabilities), law, nonprofits, and engineering, meet to evaluate applications from around the country. The applications go through a series of rigorous reviews to determine if the applicant meets the criteria, has told a compelling story, is reminiscent of Joseph, and has explained how the funds would have a significant financial or emotional impact on them. Prior Joseph James Morelli Scholarship recipients are strongly encouraged to reapply. Scholarship awards may be applied towards uses that can help a student be successful, and include tuition, tutoring, assistive technology, and testing. Applications open in January and close mid-March each year.