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APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS APRIL 20-JUNE 30

 

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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

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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?
    Each year we award one or more scholarships from approximately 150 different funds. You can see the list of currently available scholarships and the criteria for each of them at https://btc.awardspring.com/Home/Scholarships.
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Acing the essay questions

In early July a committee gathers together to select scholarship recipients. Every application is carefully considered for an award. Some of the factors that we consider when choosing recipients are financial need and GPA, but the biggest factor is your personal statement. We ask a few questions that require you to write longer answers.

Carefully answer each question. This is your opportunity to tell the selection committee more about yourself. Feel free to use examples or stories and let your personality shine through. You can save your progress and return to make changes until the applications close on June 30.

  1. What program are you pursuing and what factors led you to choose this specific program? How do you think your enrollment in this program will help you reach your career goals? Consider both technical skills and soft skills (e.g., teamwork, communication, professionalism) in your answer.

  2. What career are you most interested in pursuing and what about this career interests or excites you (tell the committee about your dream job)?

  3. What strengths, knowledge, and/or experience do you possess that will help you be successful in this career?

  4. Beyond financial benefits, how do you think receiving a scholarship would help you? (Examples: ability to reduce work hours, lower stress, a feeling of accomplishment, etc.)

We want to hear your story. 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 score every application on the answers to these questions, so be sure to address each one carefully.

It is a good idea to write your essays in a separate program and have someone look over your answers before you submit your application. BTC faculty and tutors are excellent resources to help you write a winning essay. Learn more about the tutoring center here.

How your application will be scored

Every essay is read and scored by two or more members of the scholarship selection committee. The scores are added together and averaged.

  • Program alignment: convince us that you are a good fit for your program

  • Benefit of a scholarship: convince us that you are a great candidate for an award

  • Overall impression: answer each question completely and thoughtfully

Your financial need and GPA are used along with your essay scores to rate your overall application package. If you are selected for an award the total amount will be based on this score, the cost of your program, and your planned attendance for the upcoming school year (number of quarters, full- or part-time).

Good luck!

 

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 (click for essay tips)

      • 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 excites you about the career you've chosen?

        What strengths will help you be successful?

        How will a scholarship benefit you?

      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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    If you need further assistance, have computer difficulties or questions that are not answered on the Q & A page, contact Valerie Frank at vfrank@btc.edu or 752-8684.

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