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BCC Foundation Scholarships

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More than 160 scholarships totaling $350,000 are available for BCC students. The BCC Foundation provides scholarships for students entering the college, returning for another year, or graduating and transferring from BCC.

BCC Foundation Scholarship Application

Awards range from $250 to full tuition and fees, and are based on both academic merit and financial need. Many scholarships place importance on community service, specific career goals, and individual characteristics.

You must be enrolled or accepted into a degree or certificate program, and planning to take at least 6 credits next semester in order to apply.

Current BCC students must have a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA to be eligible.

Contact us:

Have questions? Contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

Email: scholarships@berkshirecc.edu
Phone: 413-236-1634

When to Apply:

The application period for BCC Scholarships opens in February each year, specific dates and times are posted below.

Current & Returning Students:

February 09, 2021 - March 11, 2021 by 4:00pm

Incoming students:

February 09, 2021 - December 01, 2021
(Applications from new students, or those students returning to BCC after more than a two-year absence who have not earned a previous degree, will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted or December 01, whichever is earlier.) 

Recipients will be notified in mid-May about awards.

 

It's Easy!

Complete the online application - this includes providing a photo, brief biography, and (for returning students) questions about your BCC experience so far. Be prepared to upload a current transcript and submit a request for a reference to a faculty member, advisor or employer. 

  • The scholarship program will automatically match you to available awards, and allows you to monitor the status of your application and references online. 
  • Based on your answers, you may also see additional recommended opportunities you are qualified for, and the award amounts. To be considered for those awards you may be required to answer one or more additional questions. 
  • Scholarship recipients are notified by email to your MYBCC address.
    Check your BCC email
  • If awarded, accept your scholarship and submit a thank-you note online.
  • All linked with MyBCC and your BCC email so there is no need to remember additional passwords. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply for scholarships? 

    Scholarships are available to all returning BCC students, regardless of FASA eligibility and citizenship status, who have maintained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. However, students should be aware that the majority of our awards require at minimum a 2.75 grade point average. This includes current students who will be returning to BCC in the fall and graduating students who will be moving on to a four-year school. 

    New/incoming students are also eligible to apply for scholarships once they have applied to BCC and have been accepted. There is no GPA requirement for students entering BCC.

    **If you are returning to BCC after a lengthy absence, more than two years, please apply as a new/incoming student.

  • When is the scholarship application filling period? 

    Scholarship applications are accepted between February 09, 2021 and March 11, 2021 for all current BCC students; those include returning students, transfer/graduating students, and those currently enrolled who have earned less than 12 credits.

    Qualified New/incoming students will complete their applications beginning February 09, 2021, and are accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2021 or until funding has been exhausted, whichever is first. 

    **If you are returning to BCC after a lengthy absence of more than two years, please apply as a new/incoming student. 

    Do not wait until the last minute to complete and submit your application, because once you do submit you may be matched up to scholarships that require answering more questions, or require you to write an additional short essay. 

  • How do I apply for scholarships? 

    You need to access and complete the online scholarship application.

    Online Scholarship Application

    Your log in and password are your student ID (s012345), and the same password you use to login to your MyBCC email/WebAdvisor account.

    The Foundation does not distribute paper applications, and will only accept your application online. By submitting this application you will have an opportunity to be considered for all possible BCC Foundation scholarships. 

    The online application requires students to:

    1. Provide a photo,
    2. Provide a brief biography, and
    3. A current transcript, and
    4. Obtain a reference from a faculty member, advisor or employer. 

    Returning students will also be asked answer questions about their BCC experience so far.

    In some cases, after you submit your general application you will be invited to apply for additional opportunities by answering supplemental questions. Do not skip additional questions! By doing so you could decrease your chances of receiving an award. 

    Read More About How to Apply for a Scholarship

  • I can’t log-in to the scholarship portal / How do I obtain a MyBCC ID and password? 

    Current students should use their active MyBCC login credentials. 

    New/incoming students must first apply for admission and be accepted to BCC. Contact the Admissions office at admissions@berkshirecc.edu or 413-236-1630 if you have not yet been issued a MyBCC login. 

    Students will not be able to access the scholarship application until after you have set up and logged in your myBCC account for the first time. For instructions on how to log in, visit https://portal.berkshirecc.edu/ 

    Login to MyBCC

  • What kind of photo do you require and why do you need it? 

    Please include a headshot of yourself (no selfies!) This does not need to be a professional photo, but it should be taken by someone else, appropriate, and one you are proud of (senior pictures are great, if you have one that's current). The photo can be related to your field of study, or highlight your personality. (Please, no sunglasses or hats unrelated to your field of study. Keep the focus on you, don’t send a photo that includes other people in it, and please do not use distracting photo filters.) 

    When you upload your photo, you will be asked how and in what manner the BCC Foundation may utilize this picture, i.e. as part of an awards celebration, on the BCC website or other social media platforms, in a communication to the donor of your potential awards, or not at all.

  • I need help with my biography or other essay who can help me? 

    The BCC Writing Center would be happy to help you with your biography essay. 

    For more information about the Campus Writing center and their hours, please visit the Writing Center page.

  • Can I use my friend as my reference on the application? 

    You need to select a faculty member, employer, co-worker, volunteer supervisor or someone similar who knows you well and can attest to the quality of your academic or professional work, your attitude and your work ethic. It would be wise to ask your reference in advance if they are an appropriate choice, i.e., willing to provide the reference and able to return it by the deadline. 

    Reference requests are emailed to your reference by our online scholarship system. Please alert them of this, give the system 24 hours to send the request, and if they do not receive the request via email, ask them first to check their SPAM folder. Still not there? Email scholarships@berkshirecc.edu or call 413-236-1634 for further assistance. 

    Written references or those submitted outside of our online scholarship portal will not be considered as part of your application. 

    Notice: For your applications to be considered complete, recommendations must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 14, 2021 for all current BCC students, including returning students, transfer/graduating students, and those currently enrolled who have earned less than 12 credits.

    Qualified new/incoming students must have recommendations submitted by 11:59pm, April 18, 2021 in order to receive notice prior to local high school award nights, otherwise recommendations are accepted for entering students until scholarship funds have been exhausted. 

  • How do I upload my transcript? 

    Current & Returning Students: 

    Log into your MyBCC account, then click through the following links:

      1. WebAdvisor for Students
      2. Academic Profile for Students
      3. Transcript
      4. Verify “UG undergraduate” is selected, and click "Submit"
      5. Hold down “CTRL” and  hit the “P” button
      6. In the print box that appears, select “Print to PDF”
      7. Save the PDF file as:  "lastname_firstname_2021.pdf"
      8. Upload the newly created PDF to your scholarship application

    Incoming students:

    If you are new to BCC in the fall, the application requires your high school transcript.

    1. Check with your high school guidance office so they can provide you with the correct e-mail address of the person who can upload your transcript to the scholarship portal.
    2. Type their name in the “Reference Name” field, and their e-mail in the “Reference E-Mail field” as directed.

    NOTE: The transcript is not a request for a reference or recommendation (that comes later in the application).

    If you need assistance, contact scholarships@berkshirecc.edu or call 413-236-1634.

  • Can I apply for more than one scholarship? 

    Yes, as you fill out your application you will be matched to scholarships that you qualify for based on your answers to the questions presented. There are two parts to your application.

    1. The first part is the General Application, which, once submitted, will reveal the “Application Progress” sidebar on the left of your screen, where you'll choose the second part.
    2. Complete either the “Questions for Entering Students” OR “Questions for Returning students" questions, as appropriate.
    3. Make sure you have completed both sections of the application! If you fail to do so, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for awards during this application cycle.
    4. In some cases, after you complete both sections of the application, you will be invited to apply for additional opportunities by answering supplemental questions. Do not skip additional questions! By doing so you could decrease your chances of receiving an award. 

    Vist the BCC financial aid page to browse additional ways to help pay for college including outside scholarship opportunities. 

  • Are students who are not US Citizens or hold DACA status eligible for scholarships? 

    Yes. All students, regardless of status, can apply for scholarships using our online application.

  • Do I need to submit my FASFA? 

    No, but it would be wise to do so. You will not be considered for need-based scholarships unless your FASFA is completed.

    Students who have verified that they are ineligible for FASFA should note their ineligibility on their application as appropriate. (In most cases, we will work off of your FAFSA from the previous year.)

    If your financial circumstances have changed, please note this on your application as appropriate. 

  • Does the number of classes I’m taking affect my eligibility for a scholarship? 

    All scholarships, unless otherwise noted, require that you take a minimum of six credits per semester.

  • What happens if I am awarded scholarships and I fall below the six credit minimum, drop all of my classes or fail a class during the semester? 
    1. If you drop below six credits during the semester, your scholarship will be prorated against your remaining credits.
    2. If you drop or fail all classes in a semester, you will forfeit your scholarship and any funding received for the semester will revert back to the Foundation.
    3. If you fail a class and have made every effort to pass (i.e. regular tutoring), the Scholarship Coordinator may appeal to the Scholarship Committee to allow you to keep your award(s). However, if the appeal is denied, you will forfeit the semester award. 

    In all cases prorating or forfeit may result in a bill from The College which will be subject to late or collections fees as described in the "Billing and Payment" section of the College Catalog.

  • What is the value of the average scholarship? 

    The dollar values of our scholarship awards vary, and are listed with each scholarship in the online directory. They range from $250, to full tuition and fees.

    BCC Foundation Scholarships can be used to pay tuition, fees and books. Last year the average award was $1,700. 

  • I got a scholarship last year. Do I have to apply again? 

    Yes. A new scholarship application is used to evaluate you for scholarships each year. BCC students may be awarded scholarships toward 69 attempted credits. This typically translates into no more than three years for a full-time student, or possibly five or six years for a part-time student. Please note that the awards are proportionate to the amount of enrolled credits in any given year. 

    If you started an application prior to the first date scholarship awards open, you will need to restart the application. 

  • I already graduated from BCC but I am coming back to take courses that can be used toward my bachelor’s degree. Can I apply for scholarships? 
    You must be enrolled or accepted into a degree or certificate program at BCC in order to be eligible to apply. 
  • When will recipients be notified? 

    Current BCC students and those graduating this Spring will be notified in mid-May. You will need to monitor your MyBCC email to see if you have been awarded a scholarship.

    If you are awarded a scholarship, a congratulatory email will be sent to you stating the name and amount of the scholarship. You will also be invited to participate in Awards Night at BCC. The ceremony is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 03, 2021 - this will be an evening event.  Should an in-person event become impossible, a digital awards night presentation will be created and shared with donors and students in Summer 2021. Attendance and/or participation in either event is appreciated but not required to receive your scholarship(s). 

    New/incoming students will start being notified the last week of May. You will need to monitor your MyBCC email to see if you have been awarded a scholarship. 

  • How do I thank the donor of my scholarship? 

    As a scholarship recipient, you’re required to write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) of your scholarship before your funds are disbursed or put on your account. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive instructions for submitting a digital thank-you letter, which will be forwarded to the donor(s) or sponsor(s) of your scholarship. All thank you letters will be typed and submitted via BCC's scholarship portal. 

    See our Thank-You Tips Guide for tips on writing a thank-you letter. 

  • How do I get my scholarship money? 

    If you are returning to BCC for the next academic year, your scholarship will be added on your student account towards tuition, fees, and/or books.

    If you are graduating and transferring to another institution, you will notify us about your transfer school and we will forward the funds there.

    Most scholarships for students at BCC are good for one year and can be applied to both the Fall and Spring semesters in an academic year; remaining funds, if any, can be applied to the summer semester following Spring. 

  • How is my scholarship money allocated? 

    Scholarships funds are typically split evenly between the Fall and Spring semesters, with any remaining funds made available for the summer semester following Spring.

    While the foundation awards your scholarship(s), the final disbursement of funds will be determined by the BCC Financial Aid Office. Students who receive scholarships are strongly encouraged by the Foundation to go over all tuition aid and scholarships with a financial aid advisor, even if you have not filled out or were not eligible for FASFA. 

    Contact the Financial Aid office online, by email at finaid@berkshirecc.edu, or call 413-236-1644. They are there to help you!

  • What happens if I am awarded a scholarships and I fall below the six credit minimum, drop all of my classes, or fail a class during the semester? 
    1. If you drop below six credits during the semester, your scholarship will be prorated against your remaining credits.
    2. If you drop or fail all classes in a semester, you will forfeit your scholarship and any funding received for the semester will revert back to the Foundation.
    3. If you fail a class and have made every effort to pass (i.e. regular tutoring), the Scholarship Coordinator may appeal to the Scholarship Committee to allow you to keep your award(s). However, if the appeal is denied, you will forfeit the semester award. 

    In all cases prorating or forfeit may result in a bill from The College which will be subject to late or collections fees as described in the "Billing and Payment" section of the College Catalog.

  • I was told I could apply for emergency funding, is this the same as a scholarship award? 

    The BCC Foundation has limited funds available through its emergency grant program. Awards typically range from $25 - $500 and are primarily used to solve a one-time temporary problem. For example, transportation to campus, rent or mortgage payments, utility or medical bills or even a computer. These awards are made independently of scholarships and financial aid and are typically paid directly to the source of the emergency.

    Emergency grants can only be awarded once per semester. 

    To be considered students must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicants must be students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
    • Applicants must be taking and on track to complete at least six credits in a semester.
    • Applicants must be meeting satisfactory academic standing, according to the policies in the BCC College Catalog.
    • During the application process through the BCC Foundation Scholarship application, applicants must provide an explanation of their emergency. Documentation is required, applicants will need to upload copies of eligible expenses.

    For questions or to find out if you qualify for emergency assistance, please contact the Student Financial Services Office at finaid@berkshirecc.edu, or 413-236-1644.

  • How do I apply for an emergency grant? 
    Students must first contact the Student Financial Services Office at finaid@berkshirecc.edu or 413-236-1644 to verify eligibility, and then complete the BCC Foundation emergency funding application.
  • How long does it take to receive an emergency grant? 
    Applications are reviewed at minimum weekly by the emergency funding committee. Once a decision has been made, a communication will be sent to your BCC student email account. If you are granted funding you will be required to write a thank-you letter to the Foundation. Once this letter is received a check will be provided to you, typically made out to the source of your emergency. Checks are issued within 10-14 days of your award notification.