|(a) Each year eligible institutions may submit scholarship recommendations (applications) to the Board. Applications for the 12-month awards must be submitted to the Board no later than March 15. (1) Prioritization. Participating institutions will assign priority numbers to their applicants, so that if all applicants cannot receive scholarships the Board will know which applicants are given highest priority by the nominating institutions. Within the confines of the basic allotment formula the Board will do its best to accommodate institutional priorities. (2) Basic allotment. From the pool of valid applications submitted, the Board shall select: (A) up to 10 students per eligible country, plus (B) 35 students from a Latin American country designated by the United States Department of State. (3) Reallocation of unused scholarships. In the event any nation fails to have 10 students available and qualified for scholarships or if the designated country fails to have 35 such students, the Board may allocate such unused scholarships as determined appropriate, with priority being given to students from Mexico, except that the total of all scholarships shall not exceed 235 in a year. If an institution notifies the Board by October 15 of a selected student's failure to use the offered scholarship, the Board will offer the scholarships to the first statewide alternate for that country. Awards canceled after October 15 will be allowed to lapse. (b) Under no circumstances shall any special consideration be given to applicants who are related to employees of the Board.