Bay Area Community Foundation Scholarship Program

Since 1985, the Bay Area Community Foundation has been awarding scholarships to students of all kinds in Bay and Arenac 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 and aim to financially support students in achieving their academic pursuits.

The Foundation’s first endowed scholarship fund started in 1984 and awarded for the first time in 1985: $300 to a Pinconning High School senior. Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million to more than 4,000 students.

Scholarship Criteria

Applications for the 2019-2020 college year will be available online from December 1, 2018 – March 4, 2019.
You can prepare for the 2019 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 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 FAFSA is available October 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019, but the sooner you submit it, the better. Both parent and student 2017 income taxes are needed to file. Be sure to file the 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).
  • A “portrait” of the applicant. This will not be used to determine scholarship awards but will be published in a book honoring the recipients in the spring shortly after awards are announced. If you do not supply a quality photo, you may not appear in the book. Photos must show your face clearly. Many students use their senior photos. However, please note that we cannot legally print any photos that still contain a watermark or logo of the photographer. If your senior photos are not ready at the time of application, please send in another acceptable photo and forward the new photo when you receive it.

Questions regarding Bay Area Community Foundation’s Scholarship Program, should be directed to Aaron Faist, Program Officer.