The Board of Trustees of Blue Mountain Community Foundation recently approved over $338,500 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and college students!
The BMCF Scholarship Program awards both need-based and special requirement scholarships. The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the BMCF Board of Trustees for approval. Additional scholarships are awarded from BMCF component funds according to criteria established by fund donors.
Over the course of the next few days we will announce the recipients from area high schools. Congratulations!
Blue Mountain Community Foundation scholarship applications are currently available for students seeking financial aid for the 2012-2013 school year.
One application form will qualify applicants for consideration for a variety of scholarships. While most awards are for need-based aid to graduates of Walla Walla County high schools or individuals who have resided in Walla Walla County for at least three years, there are additional scholarships available to students in Columbia and Garfield Counties and northern Umatilla County.
Plus, there is an array of scholarships for student who meets special requirements. For example, the Northwest Grain Growers Robert Abbey Memorial Scholarship is available to students whose families are members or employees of Northwest Grain Growers, Inc. The Betty Rae and Luetta Anderson Scholarship is for students who study foreign language in college, with a preference for German students. In all, there are fourteen scholarships that are unique to students from backgrounds that include 4-H participation to a parent in public safety, in addition to need-based scholarships.
For full details, download an application or call the Foundation office at (509) 529-4371. The deadline for consideration is March 1, 2012.
Since its inception in 1984, the Blue Mountain Community Foundation has enhanced and improved the quality of life in Southeastern Washington through the annual award of scholarships to individuals and grants to local nonprofit organizations
Walla Walla High School in association with WSU Gear Up hosted a forum November 14, 2011 on the 3 Ways to Pay (for college): Grants, scholarships and loans. I was asked to talk about making your scholarship application stand out. I offered this five tips:
Check to see if you are eligible for a scholarship. If so, complete the application. You won’t get a scholarship if you don’t ask for it.
Don’t slow down! Take rigorous classes through your Senior year. People who review your scholarship application look at your transcript to see what you are taking.
Procrastination is the enemy of successful scholarship applicants. Waiting leads to incomplete applications and pressure-filled deadlines. Consider timelines of others, like the registrar’s for official transcripts.
Most scholarship applications require at least one essay. Be able to write about yourself. Draft. Revise. Edit. Proof read. Check spelling. Don’t wait until the last minute to start writing.
Don’t be satisfied with just going to class. Join a club. Or, have a job. Or, help your parents. There is more to life than going to class and playing video games to the folks who review scholarship applications.
Blue Mountain Community Foundation, P.O. Box 603, Walla Walla, Washington 99362 509-529-4371 Fax: 509-529-5284