Making Education a Priority
Each spring, the Bay Area Community Foundation grants over half of a million dollars in scholarships to local Bay and Arenac County students pursuing postsecondary education. This is just one way the Foundation is supporting education in our communities.
We work with hundreds of community donors who are passionate about education. Thanks to them, we offer over 140 scholarships to graduating seniors, current college students, and adults returning to school.
Scholarships are available for:
- High school graduates attending school in Bay or Arenac counties
- Adult or returning students
- Current college students
- Students pursuing skilled trades or certificates
- First-generation college students
Bay Area Community Foundation Scholarship Program
To prepare our residents for the future, Bay Area Community Foundation provides scholarship opportunities and other valuable resources that support postsecondary education in our community. Our goal is to increase postsecondary education awareness, student readiness, and success by providing information, mentoring, and needed resources such as financial support through scholarships.
Bay Commitment Scholarship Program
This unique scholarship program is available to first-generation college students. First-generation college students are identified by neither parent they live with having a bachelor’s degree or higher. We award $2,000 each to as many as 100 students each year who plan to attend either Delta College or Saginaw Valley State University.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Scholarship
In collaboration with Saginaw Community Foundation and Midland Area Community Foundation, the MLK Regional Scholarship is awarded each year to area high school seniors who actively embrace Dr. King’s dream of improving racial harmony and social justice.
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Madi Syring - Program Officer
I am primarily focused on providing support for our local scholarship programs and connecting Bay and Arenac youth with opportunities to further their education.
Aaron Faist - Program Officer
I am the program officer that oversees the Youth Advisory Committee, Men’s Philanthropy Group, and our scholarship program.
MLK Celebration featuring keynote speaker Bakari Sellers
Political analyst, activist and former South Carolina representative Bakari Sellers will deliver the keynote address for the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Celebration at Saginaw Valley State University on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.
Scholarships for Residents of Bay and Arenac Counties: Applications Due February 6
Each spring, Bay Area Community Foundation grants out nearly half a million dollars in scholarships to our local Bay and
Congratulations 2020 Bay Commitment Recipients
We are so proud of our 83 Bay County graduating high school seniors who are receiving our Bay Commitment Scholarship
His Desire to Give Back to the Community Inspired His GED
“I was and am very motivated for this,” says Forest Bradley about being in the Fire Academy. “I wanted to