The application period for the next school year opens in early November and closes on February 15 for first-time, incoming freshmen and February 15 for all students.
If you miss the deadline, you cannot be considered for any awards. There are no individual exceptions!
If you are only applying for COB scholarships, this is optional, as all but three COB scholarships do not require evidence of financial need. However, it's a good idea to fill one out, as you may be eligible for the three COB scholarships that require the FAFSA and also other forms of need-based aid.
The COB faculty committees that award all scholarships read your application and support materials very carefully. It's very important that your application be complete and mistake-free, with all required support materials (e.g., recommendation letters) submitted. For all scholarships, things like GPA are important, but often decisions between qualified applicants with similar GPAs are made based on goals, essays, and recommendation letters.