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Scholarships

Applications are no longer being accepted. 

If you have questions about our scholarships, please give is a call at 269.962.2181 or email us.

Follow these steps to find and apply for scholarships online:

BCCF has over 200 scholarships available for Battle Creek area residents seeking postsecondary education!

Find Scholarships »

Use our Scholarship Finder to locate scholarships.

TIPS: Things to keep in mind while searching for scholarships
  1. 1 You may not be eligible for all scholarships listed. Please read each description for eligibility.
  2. 2 Email the list and the applications and forms will appear as links.
  3. 3 The "Greater Battle Creek Area" includes the cities of Battle Creek and Springfield and the townships of Bedford, Emmett, and Pennfield.
  1. 4 You are not required to enter your ethnicity or gender. They are used only to help find matching scholarships.
  2. 5 Based on fund availability, some scholarships may not be awarded.
  3. 6 High school applicants are graduating seniors at the time they submit their application. Adult applicants have completed high school at the time they submit their application.

Have you already completed this step?

Nice job!
You're ready to start.

START THE APPLICATION

Gather required documents.

All applications require a few specific documents. You'll be prompted to attach these at the end of the application process. Have these ready before you begin to make the application process faster and easier!

  1. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR): required only for scholarships based on financial need and the Legacy Scholars Scholarship
  2. College award letter (due by May 10)
  3. Official transcript
  4. Electronic photo
TIPS: Things to keep in mind while preparing for scholarship application
  1. 1 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filled out online here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  2. 2 The FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) is generated from the FAFSA and displays the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC indicates how much money your and/or your family are "expected" to contribute to your college costs. The cost of attendance can usually be found on the school's website, underneath the Financial Aid section or on a college award letter.
    See an example of the FAFSA SAR.
  3. 3 The FAFSA Student Aid Report is required only for scholarships based on financial need and the Legacy Scholars Scholarship.
  4. 4 A college award letter (or financial award letter) shows all the scholarships, grants, and loans you have already received. It will help us reduce your cost of attendance and fulfill your unmet need (your cost of attendance minus your EFC minus your awarded scholarships/grants).
  1. 5 The college award letter is due by May 10 if not have one at the time of application. You can still apply online, and submit the award letter later!
    See an example of a college award letter.
  2. 6 High school graduating seniors: please attach your high school transcripts with the help of your counselor. Adult applicants: please attach your most recent transcripts (high school or college).
  3. 7 Some scholarships require an interview, and your photo will help the committee to remember the students who were interviewed. Please choose an appropriate photo of the best quality available.
  4. 8 If your documents are not already in electronic format, you will need to scan them and attach the scanned files. If you do not have a scanner available to you, feel free to come to the BCCF office and use ours!

Have you already completed this step?

You're partway finished!

FINISH MY APPLICATION

Begin a new
General Application.

The General Application is required for all 100+ scholarships. You can complete and submit the application online. If you're not able to finish, you can save and come back as many times as you need.

Begin Application »

First, register as a new online applicant and then you'll be directed to the first page of the online application.

TIPS: Things to keep in mind while starting your scholarship application
  1. 1 The first time you visit the application portal, you will be ask to register as a new applicant.
  2. 2 High school seniors should complete all fields. Not every field is required for adult applicants.
  1. 3 The general application requires an essay to be submitted on Page 8. For help on writing your essay, see our tips here: Essay Assistance
  2. 4 If you are a student that has received a "renewable" BCCF Scholarship, please complete the BCCF Scholarship Renewal Form.

Have you already completed this step?

Congratulations, you're done with the General Application! If you have any scholarships that require additional forms, make sure to submit those too.

SUBMIT ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Complete an application
you've already started.

You're almost done! Make sure to carefully review your application, attach your required documents, and--if you're a high school senior--have your counselor review your application and approve it with his or her PIN.

Finish Application »

Log in to your account page to see your in-progress application.

TIPS: Things to keep in mind while finishing your scholarship application
  1. 1 Now that you've registered, logging in to the application portal as a returning applicant will take you to the My Account page where you can open your in-progress application.
  2. 2 You will be given a chance to review the application before submitting it. All required fields must be completed before final submission.
  1. 3 Don't forget to submit your college award letter before May 10 if you did not include it as an attachment to the general scholarship.
  2. 4 BCCF will notify applicants if they are awarded a scholarship. Recipients will also be listed as they are awarded on our Status Board.

Have you already completed this step?

Keep an eye on our Scholarship Board. We'll announce awards as they are made.

VIEW SCHOLARSHIP BOARD

Complete any necessary
additional applications.

Many scholarships have additional forms that are required beyond the General Application. Most of these additional forms can be completed online. There may be a few forms that you will need to download as a PDF and complete by hand.

The personalized list you generated in the first step will list all the additional applications/forms you should complete to apply for those separate scholarships. If you've lost your list, here is a list of all additional applications and forms.

Scholarships Requiring Additional Forms »
TIPS: Things to keep in mind while searching for scholarships
  1. 1 Other scholarship applications may look similar to the General Application. Look for the name of each specific scholarship under the BCCF logo.
  2. 2 Some applications require an essay to be submitted. Click here for help on writing your essay.
  1. 3 BCCF will notify applicants if they are awarded a scholarship. Recipients will also be listed as they are awarded on our Status Board.

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