Bay Commitment Scholarship

Bay Commitment Scholarship

The Bay Commitment Scholarship was established in 2008, by the Bay Area Community Foundation, to create a sustainable scholarship program for first-generation college students in Bay County. Created by a vision to provide opportunity and to drive our area’s economic prosperity, the Bay Commitment Scholarship program awards $2,000 to 100 students annually. These students are first-generation college students (neither parent who the student lives with has a bachelor’s degree) seeking a certificate or degree at Delta College or Saginaw Valley State University.

Our community’s commitment to these students today is a commitment to our community’s future tomorrow!

Congratulations to the 2018 Bay Commitment Scholarship Recipients

Click here to view a PDF that lists all the recipients with their photos.

Scholarship Criteria

Students applying for these scholarships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation student (neither parent that the student lives with has not obtained a bachelor’s degree)
  • Have lived within the Bay County, Michigan school district borders for 6 years
  • Have attended Bay County high schools for all 4 years of high school.
  • Plan to attend either Delta College or Saginaw Valley State University for a minimum of 9 credit hours the proceeding fall.
  • Meet all high school graduation requirements and receive a diploma from a Bay County high school by June of their applying year.
  • Submit a scholarship application and essay to Bay Area Community Foundation by the first Monday in March.

Scholarship recipients will be announced each May and will be presented with the scholarship at an awards ceremony to be held each year at First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Michigan.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Bay Commitment Scholarship, students must complete the Bay Area Community Foundation general scholarship application. Applications for the graduating class of 2019 will be available December 1, 2018 and will be due on the first Monday in March (March 4, 2019). When applications are available you will find a link to the online application on this page.

Please review all of the Bay Area Community Foundation’s scholarships. The Bay Commitment Scholarship is likely not the only scholarship for which you qualify. Click here to view all Bay Area Community Foundation Scholarships.