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    Q & A

    What are "Foundation" scholarships? What scholarships are available? What are the requirements? And more...

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    WRITING THE ESSAY

    See some examples of winning essays, get a few writing tips, and learn what is expected.

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    THE APPLICATION

    If we've given you a scholarship before you can go straight here, but if not, you really should check out the first two tabs first.

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    OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

    Find scholarships from outside sources, financial resources for students and other research tools.

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Scholarship Q & A

  • What are "Foundation Scholarships"?
    We receive donations from generous individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the year to give as scholarships just for BTC students. These donors often have ties to BTC because they are alumni, their business hires our graduates, or their organization supports education in our community. We also have endowment funds that support scholarships with yearly distributions from donors who have made sizeable contributions and wish their gift to help students in perpetuity.
  • How much money do you give out?
    The total amount we have available fluctuates from year-to-year, but the average yearly total since 2008 is over $200,000 and the average award per student has been about $1,500. We base the award amount on financial need, time left in program, cost of the program, and the overall application.
  • What are my chances of getting a scholarship?
    While we cannot guarantee you will receive a scholarship, we are here to help you put together the best possible application, which can improve your chances. On average we give money to almost 50% of those who submit complete applications.
  • What are the application requirements?
    There are only three requirements you must meet to be considered for a Foundation scholarship. You need a Student ID (SID), if need to have a FAFSA or WAFSA on file, and you need to submit a completed application by the deadline. You'll see more info on the application page.
  • How do I know if I am eligible?
    Some of our donors have set specific criteria for their scholarships. You just complete one simple application and we'll match you up to the scholarships that fit your profile. The questions that you answer on your application help us determine your eligibility for all of them. You'll notice that many of the available scholarships in the list below say Open to any student, which means as long as you have met the requirements to apply you are eligible for a scholarship.
  • What scholarships are available and what are the criteria? (not a complete list)
    Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance Scholarship 2nd year Accounting/Finance students with instructor's recommendation. Preference for returning adult student with financial need.
    Aftermath Club Endowment Whatcom County High School or Home School student with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference for a student studying in the field of healthcare. Financial Need preferred.
    Albert & Sylvia Fitch Endowment Open to any student
    Alcoa Scholarship Electrician or Advanced Manufacturing
    American Association of University Women Scholarship Open to any student
    Ann & Rick Kaiser Scholarship Instrumentation Technology or Culinary Arts (every-other-year) & good academic standing - 2.5 GPA
    Anvil Corporation Scholarship Engineering student preferred.
    Anvil Endowment Engineering student preferred.
    ASA/Frank Hanna Memorial Scholarship Preference on Whatcom County resident. Continuing full-time student in Auto or Diesel programs who demonstrates professional achievement and promise in their field
    ASBTC Leadership Scholarship Any student involved in ASBTC
    Autobody Craftsman Association Endowed Scholarship 2nd year Auto Collision student - recommendation by instructor and/or advisory committee. Academic merit & financial need.
    Bank of the Pacific Scholarship 3.0 GPA, recently laid-off or misplaced worker. Financial need.
    Bellingham Bay Rotary Scholarship Squalicum High School graduate (preferred) with clear programmatic goals and making steady progress (good academic standing 2.5 GPA). Demonstrated commitment to community/international service.
    Betty Young Memorial Scholarship Open to women who are pursuing non-traditional occupations.
    Bill Bond Memorial Endowment Citizen of US & resident of Whatcom County
    Blue Sea Systems Scholarship Preference for students in CSS or CNET.
    Board Designated Endowment Open to any student
    Bob & Jeanette Morse Scholarship Open to any student
    BP Cherry Point Endowment For a PTECH student. Preference for diversity and financial need.
    Brent K Marshall Family Endowment Open to students 1st or 2nd year program students (not prerequisites/waitlisted).
    Brooks Manufacturing Endowment For students in programs affiliated with Brooks' business - EMTEC, Precision Machining, Welding (industrial maintenance), Mechanical Engineering.
    BTC Dental Programs Scholarship For a student in any dental program.
    BTC Employee Endowed Scholarship Open to any student
    BTC Foundation Scholarship Open to any student
    BTC General Endowment Open to any student
    BTC Instrumentation Scholarship Instrumentation student (instructor recommendation preferred) with demonstrated financial need and a 3.0 GPA or better.
    BTC Nursing Scholarship Open to nursing students.
    BTC Welding Rodeo Scholarship Open to Welding students based on faculty recommendations.
    Canada Cutlery Award Gifts of knives to Culinary Students
    Cascade Natural Gas Scholarship Advanced manufacturing.
    Charles & Karen Lauckhardt Endowment Female student in any program except Nursing.
    Chemtrade Solutions Scholarship Process Tech or Instrumentation student. Preference to student with criminal background and trying to get back on track.
    Chuckanut Health Foundation McEvoy Family Scholarship Rad Tech student, 3.0 GPA, preference for those with financial need.
    Chuckanut Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship Nursing student residing in Whatcom County or graduated from Whatcom County HS, 3.0 GPA (high school or college), math/science aptitude, community service.
    Computer Network Programs Scholarship Open to students in the CNET program.
    Curt Smith Endowment Open to Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene students
    D.C. Morse and Blythe Plumbing HVAC/R Scholarship Endowment Student in the HVAC program who is diligent in their studies with good attendance and demonstrated desire to succeed. Intention of working the trade upon graduation.
    Dan Bragg Memorial Welding Scholarship Welding student.
    David & Cheryll Blair Scholarship Open to any student
    David & Joyce Morse Endowment Welding or Nursing - 2nd year student.
    Dawson Construction Endowment Students in industrial/construction-related programs.
    Dennis & Sylvia Holmstrom Scholarship Open to any student
    Douglas Blair Memorial Endowment Student enrolled in any program of study who demonstrates academic achievement, financial need and promise in their professional technical career.
    Emerson Process Management Scholarship Instrumentation or Process Technology student
    Ferguson Foundation Scholarship Laid-off or retraining student (interested in adult education).
    Fielding Formway Endowment Process Technology, Instrumentation Technology or Welding programs with demonstrated financial need.
    Fulton Family Scholarship For a student with a documented neurodevelopment disorder. Preference for autism spectrum.
    Gage Yates Memorial Scholarship Students in Automotive Technology who are passionate about the field.
    Gary & Patty Nelson Scholarship Open to any student
    Gary Solari Memorial Endowment Process Technology student, preference for 2.75 GPA, female or minority.
    Gary Solari PTECH Scholarship Process Technology student, preference for 2.75 GPA, female or minority.
    Greg & Linda Cowan Scholarship Graduate of a Whatcom County high school, preference for Tech Prep credits.
    Healthy Pet Endowment Full-time student in Process Technology, Mechanical Engineering, or Machining. 3.0 GPA.
    Healthy Pet Scholarship Full-time student in Process Technology, Mechanical Engineering, or Machining. 3.0 GPA.
    Helen DeVries Endowment Open to any student
    Ingram Family Fisheries Scholarship Fisheries student.
    Jack & May Meyers Endowment Incoming high school graduate with good academic standing. Where possible, priority will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.
    Jack B. Cole Endowed Scholarship ESL student(s) selected by ESL/ABE/IBEST faculty.
    Jan & Richard Small Endowment Continuing BTC student who is retraining or upgrading career who show potential and promise to contribute to the Culinary Arts Industry.
    Jansen Foundation Scholarship For Diesel and/or Auto Tech students.
    Jim & Joan Cunningham Scholarship Open to any student
    Jim Zuanich Memorial Fisheries Scholarship Fisheries student.
    Joe & Judy Coons Scholarship Open to any student
    Karen Pearson-Tarter Memorial Scholarship For a single-parent in any field of study. 3.0 high school or college GPA.
    Key Bank Foundation Scholarship Open to any student
    Laidlaw-Wallace Family Endowment Returning or adult student enrolled in Constructions & Industrial Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation and Mechanical Technology, and Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences. 
    Larry Nace Memorial Scholarship Civil Engineering student.
    Lauckhardt Family Scholarship Female student in any program except Nursing.
    Laughlin Family Welding Scholarship Welding student. Preference for Meridian high school student with 3.0 GPA or a military veteran (no GPA requirement).
    Legg Family Scholarship Preference for a Nursing student
    Linda Crawford Parenting Scholarship To be established 2017
    LinuxFest NW Scholarship CNET Student.
    Mailia Haglund Nursing Endowment Completed nursing prereq's, enrolled in nursing foundation or higher course, 3.0 GPA, preference on Whatcom residents, demonstrate community service, leadership, etc.
    Marty & Gail Haines Scholarship Open to any student
    Mary Scott Memorial Endowment High school graduate from the city of Bellingham, demonstrated financial need, 2.75 GPA, Community Service preferred.
    Matrix Services Scholarship Welding students
    McArdle Endowment for Student Success For a new or continuing BTC student who is a graduate of a Whatcom County High School who shows promise to excel in a professional technical career. Tech prep, Academy, Running Start preference.
    Mike McShane Memorial Endowment Business program student, preference on older students starting second career.
    Morse Steel Service Endowment Welding student with demonstrated financial need. Preference given to minority or female students.
    Mount Baker Imaging Endowment Rad Tech student.
    Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Scholarship Nursing, Surg Tech student.
    McIntosh Family Scholarship To be established 2017
    Patricia McKeown Endowment Open to any student
    Paul & Mary Meeks Scholarship Open to any student
    Peg Cutting Culinary Arts Scholarship Preference for 2nd year Culinary student with a 3.0 GPA in program classes. Preference for food industry work experience.
    Pete & Naida Deitsch Endowment 2nd year BTC student in any program, 3.0 GPA.
    Phi Theta Kappa: Beta Lambda Beta Chapter Scholarship Preference for Transitional Studies, ABE, or pre-program students. 3.5 minimum GPA required.
    Phillips 66 Endowment Open to students in Instrumentation, Process Technology, or Welding.
    Phillips 66 Lummi Tribal Scholarship Open to Lummi tribal members studying Instrumentation, Process Technology or Welding.
    Price Brothers Surveying Scholarship Returning student enrolled in Geomatics/GIS.
    Robert L. Hinton Memorial Scholarship Students in Welding or Diesel Technology.
    Rotary Club of Bellingham Endowment Full-time student who demonstrates academic achievement (2.5 GPA), financial need and community or volunteer service.
    Santa & Olga Callender Scholarship Open to any student
    Settlemyer Family Endowment Continuing students (at least 1 quarter completed with minimum 2.0 GPA).
    Sharon & Steve Isenhart Scholarship Open to any student
    Shell Oil Co. Scholarship Process Technology student, 3.0 GPA. Preference for financial need, veteran, female, or minority.
    Sink The Dinghy Scholarship For students in marine-related programs. Financial need, preference for student who has used the services of a local relief agency/shelter.
    Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Continuing student (2nd or 3rd quarter), demonstrated financial need, 3.0 GPA, US citizen or permanent resident.
    Suzanne Taylor Lybecker Endowment 2nd year BCIS student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated financial need and drive to succeed.
    Technology Alliance Group Scholarship CNET student.
    Thomas & Martina Horn Foundation Scholarship For a student who has completed at least one quarter at BTC who has financial need, demonstrated academic achievement and a desire to improve our community.
    Tiger Construction Company Scholarship Open to any student
    Troy Dawn Memorial Scholarship Preference to Meridian HS students, no emphasis on GPA.
    Vietnam Veterans of America - Randy Hansen Endowment For students who have completed 3 quarters at BTC. Preference: 1st - Vietnam veteran, 2nd - US veteran, 3rd - legal spouse of veteran, 4th - grandchild of veteran, 5th - lineal descendant of veteran
    Walton Beverage Company Scholarship Open to any student
    Whatcom County School Retirees Assoc./Velma Wendt Memorial Scholarship Full-time student in any degree program at BTC. Consideration will be given to promising students who are retraining or upgrading careers to create a better life for themselves and their families.
    WECU Scholarship Must be WECU member for at least 1 year.
    Western States Petroleum Associates Scholarship Students enrolled in the Process Technology, Instrumentation, or Welding program with demonstrated financial need.
    Whatcom North Rotary Scholarship For students residing in North Whatcom County or graduated from Blaine or Ferndale high schools.
    Williams Companies Scholarship Diesel or Instrumentation student. Priority will be placed on those who achieve a GPA of 2.8 and who characterize diverse or under-represented populations.
    Wilson Engineering Scholarship  Student enrolled in any program of study who demonstrates academic achievement, financial need and promise in their professional technical career.
     
     
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Acing the essay questions

In early July a committee of 6-8 people gathers together to select scholarship recipients. Every application is carefully considered for a scholarship and some of the factors that we consider when choosing recipients are financial need and GPA, but the biggest factor is the personal statement section. We ask 3 questions that require you to write longer answers (up to 750 words each).

  1. Why did you chose your program and what factors will lead to your success? (What knowledge or life experience do you have that will help you be successful? What do you know about this career? What are your career goals?)
  2. What do you want the committee to know about you that will set you apart from other applicants? (This is your chance to tell us your life's story. What sets you apart from other applicants? Why should we choose you?)
  3. Please list your activities and accomplishments. Include volunteer work, leadership roles, clubs, committees, teams, etc. (Do you feed your neighbor's cat? Help out your PTA? Usher at church? If you don't have time for any of that now, do you plan to do something in the future or have you in the past?)

When you write your winning essay, we really just want you to tell us why you need and/or deserve a scholarship. We aren't too concerned with perfect spelling and excellent grammar, and we give awards to students of all ages, from every program, with various financial needs. However, we have to score everyone on something, so be sure to address the questions that are asked.

 

How your application will be scored

Your financial need as documented by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your GPA are used along with your essay scores to rate your overall application package.

Every essay is read and scored by two or more members of the scholarship selection committee. The scores are added together and averaged for a total possible of 4 points per essay. readers use the following rubric to come up with this score:

Overall Essay 40%
0 - No essay
1 - Very little effort (a few sentences; very little substance)
2 - Some effort (long or limited paragraphs; describes some relevant essay pieces)
3 - Good effort (multiple paragraphs; displays knowledge of program area and career)
4 - Outstanding (makes case for support by addressing program, career and community work)

Program Alignment 40%
0 - No mention of program alignment or career goals
1 - Does not match (it is clear they are not in the right program or know nothing about it)
2 - Limited alignment (They like their program but have little experience or exposure to the career)
3 - Good Program Alignment (makes case for appropriate program, discusses career goals)
4 - Excellent program alignment (student makes an excellent case for program success and career path)

Community/Volunteer Service 20%
0 - No mention of service
1 - No service (but mentions it in the essay)
2 - Limited service (helps family/friends, mentions past or future involvement)
3 - Some current involvement with community organization(s) (church, nonprofit, school, ASBTC, etc.)
4 - Active or significant past involvement in community organization(s)

 

Check out the tutoring center for more help writing your personal statement!

 

 

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BTC Foundation Scholarship Application

     

    Before you begin:

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      Get a Student Identification Number (SID)

      • NOTE: Even if you have never attended BTC or are not sure when you will start you can get an identification number.
      • Don't have an SID? Get it here before returning to complete your application.
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      Write a personal statement

      • We strongly suggest that you write your essay before you start, then copy and paste it into the application. Write an appeal that addresses each of the following topics (up to 750 words per section):

       

      Why are you a good fit for your program?

      What's your story?

      Include a list of accomplishments and activities, or write a statement addressing:

      How do you/will you give back to your community?

    This personal statement is a big part of our scoring, take your time and remember that you are asking a complete stranger to help you pay for school!

     

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