This information is for seniors and 5th year Early Middle College students looking for scholarship information.
The spreadsheet link below shows a list of scholarships available with a link to the application. Please do your best to plan ahead as it is expected that many, many scholarships will be coming in quickly with March deadlines.
Note, on the spreadsheet:
PAY ATTENTION TO THE TABS AT THE BOTTOM
Yellow highlights mean this is a new scholarship since my last scholarship email on 2/10.
Green highlights mean the scholarship is only for BSHS students.
NEW THIS YEAR:
The Berrien Community Foundation is using a single "common application" for all of its scholarships. Click the link in the spreadsheet then register a new account to begin the application.
Read the scholarship applications carefully. Details can make or break your chances of earning scholarships - read everything. Incomplete applications are thrown out. Late applications are thrown out. Finally, be sure to pay attention to what to do with your completed application - some are mailed directly to the scholarship agency (it is your responsibility to take it to the post office), some are emailed to the scholarship agency, and some are turned in to the counseling office.
Hard Copy Transcripts - if you need an official hard copy transcript for your scholarship application please see Mrs. Stuckey in the Counseling Office. Suggestion: ask for 5-7 official transcripts, that way you have your own stash at home so you have them when you need them. Please allow 24 hours to process your request. For transcript questions, contact Mrs. Stuckey 269-473-0534 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Transcripts - if you need an electronic copy of your transcript for an online scholarship application. Go to Parchment.com to request a copy to be sent to yourself. A pdf of your transcript will be sent to your personal email associated with Parchment. Suggestion: save your transcript in your college folder in your google drive. Rename your pdf so you can find it later (ex. Linda Bergan.transcript). Note: if you do not open the pdf of your transcript within a reasonable amount of time, the link automatically expires. For transcript questions, contact Mrs. Stuckey 269-473-0534 or email@example.com.
Letters of Recommendation - If you need a letter of recommendation, ask the teacher if they would be willing to write a letter for you. Tell them what the letter will be used for (scholarship application) and provide a deadline. DO NOT send a link to the scholarship application without first talking to the teacher. Suggestion: once you have the recommendation letter, make copies of it to use for multiple scholarship applications.
Essays - Many scholarship applications require you to write an essay. Do your absolute best work on this essay then ask someone to read it and give you feedback. Be sure your essay addresses the topic - stick to the topic; don't go off on a tangent and forget to answer the question. Suggestion: save your essay, you may be able to edit and use it for another scholarship.
Extracurricular activities - most applications will ask what activities you participated in after school during grades 9-12. Suggestion: to save time, create a document outlining your activities to use as a quick reference.
Free Scholarship Search Engines - Scholarship search engines will find scholarships for you based on your profile; it is up to you to apply for them. In the past, we have used Fastweb.com and GoingMerry.com but you are welcome to use others. Parents - all students in Careers & Finance class set up their GoingMerry profile/account back in October. If you do not see a scholarship you are eligible for below, refer to your GoingMerry account for scholarships.
FAFSA Determination Letter - Some scholarship applications are asking for this. This is your Student Aid Report (SAR) which is generated after you completed your FAFSA. Log in to your FAFSA online and print your SAR.
For more information, please contact :
Linda A. Bergan, MS Ed
School Counselor (12th gr & ALL Dual Enrollment)
Berrien Springs High School
201 Sylvester Avenue
Berrien Springs, MI 49103