Scholarship Application Process
Applying for Berkshire Community College (BCC) Foundation Scholarships is a simple, online process. You complete one general application and the system automatically recommends scholarships based on answers entered into an application form. Below are steps to help guide you through the scholarship application process.
Three-Step Scholarship Application
The scholarship application has a General Application section and an Opportunities
- Visit berkshirecc.academicworks.com
- Complete and submit your general application: The program automatically matches you to scholarships based on answers entered on the application and/or academic information uploaded from our campus records database.
- After you have submitted your general application: Look under the Opportunities: Recommended tab at the top of the screen to see if you qualify for additional scholarships. If so, you can apply to them by answering some additional short essay questions. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your general application because you will might not have time to complete the short essays.
Scholarship applicants must use their MyBCC login (example: s0099999) and password to log-in to the scholarship application. If you are a newly admitted student, please make sure you have received a MyBCC student ID number and have activated** your MyBCC account with a valid email address before you attempt to apply for scholarships.
**You will not be able to access the scholarship application until you have logged into your MYBCC account for the first time.
You will use your BCC login credentials as you log in and out to complete and update your application and accept scholarship awards without having to create and remember a different password.
If you are entering BCC in the fall and do not yet have a MyBCC ID or password, contact the Admissions office at 413-499-4660. Current BCC students who need help with your MyBCC ID or password, please call the IT Help Desk at 413-236-3004
BCC is committed to providing the latest security and data encryption services for your protection. We do not collect personal information on our website to sell, rent, share, or otherwise disclose to outside organizations.
As part of the General Application, you will need to write an essay. This question changes annually and can be viewed once you have started your application.
Please submit a well-written essay of 300 to 500 words. Pay special attention to spelling, grammar, and content as your application will be carefully reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Your essay is a very important component of your application.
Check Foundation Scholarships for dates and times of essay-writing workshops and drop-in help.
In the body of the application, you will be asked to enter the name and email address of a faculty member, employer, volunteer supervisor, or someone who knows you well professionally and can attest to the quality of your work. You should ask permission and notify this person in advance. References will receive an email with a link to the scholarship system. They will be directed to a short online questionnaire.
When selecting someone to serve as your reference, please be sure the reference can speak to your academic or professional work, and that this person will be able to complete the reference by the application deadline.
You can review the opportunities page for a comprehensive list of scholarships when you log in to the scholarship application portal. By completing one general application, you will be matched to specific opportunities. You do not need to apply for each scholarship. After you submit your general application, look for Recommended Opportunities to see if you qualify for additional scholarships requiring additional answers.