The three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Minnesota (BBBS of Central Minnesota, BBBS Twin Cities, and BBBS of Southern Minnesota), through generous donations from the Federated Insurance Foundation and the donors to the Federated Challenge, have established a scholarship program to assist current and past Little Brothers and Little Sisters, as well as High School Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.
Applicants to the Federated Challenge Scholarship for Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies in Minnesota must:
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $250 to $5,000 to be divided evenly between the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Funding can be applied toward tuition, fees, books, and other necessary expenses related to the particular program or training (i.e. tools, materials, cookware, etc.). Scholarships are a one-time award. Students may re-apply each year, but funding cannot exceed $5,000 per year, and will not continue beyond the established time necessary to complete the program or degree.
Award recipients will be required to:
Selection of Recipients
Selection criteria will include academic performance, essays and recommendation letters.
While financial need will not be an eligibility criterion, the amount of each award will be determined by each applicant’s financial need and their intended program cost. The BBBS selection committee will determine this based upon the recipient’s EFC on the Student Aid Report (result of FAFSA application) and the anticipated program costs submitted by the applicant with the application, and confirmed by BBBS.
Selection of recipients is made by BBBS. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Applicants will be notified by the end of June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of BBBS. First half award payments are made in August 2020. Second half award payments are made in January 2021, depending on when proof of enrollment and a transcript of grades is received from each recipient. Checks are mailed directly, and made payable, to the school for the student.
As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:
Your application is not complete until all required documents are submitted electronically.