Applications for Berrien Community Foundation’s 50+ scholarships are now available online at www.berriencommunity.org/scholar.
Berrien Community Foundation (BCF) offers scholarships for traditional students, adults returning to the classroom and students pursuing trade careers — there’s something for everyone!
This is the second year Berrien Community Foundation has offered the online application that allows students to fill out one application to be in the running for more than 50 scholarship opportunities. BCF anticipates awarding over $300,000 this year.
“Moving applications online last year was really great for students,” said BCF Program Director Susan Matheny. “Before, many students would apply to just a few. Now, the system automatically populates more questions for applicants to answer based on if they’re eligible and puts them in the running for them.”
Applications are due February 1, 2024. This is an earlier deadline than in previous years. To begin the application process, visit www.berriencommunity.org/scholar.
Scholarships are available for current high school seniors, early/middle college students, current college students, adults returning to the classroom and students going into the skilled trades. With the common application, applicants fill out one form. Additional questions are added if the student is eligible for more scholarships.
These scholarships are available primarily for Berrien County residents but there are opportunities for Hartford High School graduates as well as students living in Cass, Van Buren and St. Joseph counties. Berrien Community Foundation scholarship applications are reviewed and considered based on a variety of factors, including: intended majors/career paths, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Most scholarships have a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. For a full list of scholarships or to apply, visit the Berrien Community Foundation website at www.berriencommunity.org/scholar. The Berrien Community Foundation scholarship site also includes links to other local scholarships to help students.
Decisions will be announced in May and a celebration for all recipients will be held in June. Please visit www.berriencommunity.org/scholar for more information, or email Berrien Community Foundation Development Officer Noah Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-983-3304. If you would like to start a scholarship, please contact BCF President Lisa Cripps-Downey at 269-983-3304.