Bay Area Community Foundation Scholarship Program

Since 1985, the Bay Area Community Foundation has been awarding scholarships to students who live in Bay County and surrounding counties. The scholarships are awarded through donor sponsored endowment funds established by the Bay Area Community Foundation. These funds are created by families, civic organizations, and businesses in the area.

The Foundation’s first endowed Scholarship Fund started in 1984. The first scholarship was awarded in 1985 for $300 to a Pinconning High School Senior. Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million to more than 4,000 students.

2015-2016 Scholarship Criteria

Applications were due March 7, 2016, and are currently being reviewed. Applicants will be notified via email and mail in mid-May as to whether or not they received a scholarship.
You can prepare for the 2017 scholarship process by gathering the following items:

  • Two letters of recommendation – at least one letter must be school-related and one letter may be personal or professional.
  • A “portrait” of the applicant.
  • A copy of your current transcript.
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive free PELL grant information and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The Michigan deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is March 1, 2017. To properly complete the FAFSA, you will need to file your 2015 income taxes as soon as you are able to. If you are a dependent, your parents must do the same. Be sure to file the 2016-2017 FAFSA. There are three forms of confirmation pages that can be accepted, but we only need one: the page that is displayed immediately after submission, the email that is sent to you after submission, or the first page of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Be sure to include your name on this page if it is not already on there.
  • Write an essay describing your most meaningful achievement(s), how they relate to your future goals, and why you are deserving of a scholarship. Essay must be between 2,500-3,000 characters (spaces do count).

Questions regarding Bay Area Community Foundation’s Scholarship Program, should be directed to Stacey Abbs, Program Associate.