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The application program will be available again in March. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the upcoming academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!

The BBU Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) has established a scholarship program to support the advanced education of our associates’ children and grandchildren by awarding fifty (50) one-time scholarships to eligible applicants each year.

This 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 BBU Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a child (includes stepchildren and legal dependent* children) or grandchild of a full-time or part-time BBU associate in the U.S. and Canada; associate must have at least one year of service with BBU as of December 31, 2019.

    *Dependent children are Children who qualify as federal tax exemptions to the employee.

  • Be a high school senior planning to graduate before the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Demonstrate qualities that make him/her well-rounded: initiative, creative thinking, and integrity.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited non-profit two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.

Award Information:

Up to fifty (50) awards will be granted as follows:

  • Up to ten (10) awards of $5,000 will be granted.
  • Up to forty (40) awards of $2,500 will be granted.

Provided there are qualified applicants, recipients from the U.S. and Canada will be selected in proportion to the number of applicants from each country.

The award checks will be issued in U.S. currency.

Awards may be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load at accredited, nonprofit two- or four-year colleges, universities or vocational-technical schools.

Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.

Awards are one-time only. Past recipients may not reapply.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Applicants will be notified in June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of BBU. Payments are made in one installment in late July.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • An essay response regarding what integrity means to the student,
  • An essay response regarding what a college education means to the student.
  • A letter of recommendation will also be considered addressing the student’s demonstrated initiative, ability to think creatively, and integrity.

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or associate of BBU play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following document with your application:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application:

A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you well and has served in one of the following roles for you: teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, employer, community leader, religious leader, or adult family friend. Your letter of recommendation should address your demonstrated initiative, ability to think creatively, and integrity. The required letter of recommendation should be limited to one page in length and must include contact information for the recommender and must be uploaded and submitted on your behalf by 3:00 p.m. Central Time on May 5, 2020.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically through the Scholarship America Student Hub.

Bimbo Bakeries USA has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be directed to the Scholarship America Student Hub!