The Bicycle Casino Community Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist Bell Gardens high school seniors and former graduates, who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
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 Bicycle Casino Community Scholarship Award Program must:
Children of the selection committee or the Foundation’s officers, directors or substantial contributors are ineligible to apply.
Write an essay in which you imagine what you would do if you were a leader in the City of Bell Gardens. Some issues you may want to discuss include:
Strong essays will describe a clear vision of how you would improve the city.
Up to eight (8) awards in the amount of $5,000 will be granted. Awards are for undergraduate study only.
One (1) Renewable Award: The Robert H. Carter Community Leader Scholarship may be renewed for up to three consecutive years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance* and continuation of the program by The Bicycle Casino Community Foundation.
*Satisfactory academic performance is defined as a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the student’s freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale thereafter in a full-time course of study.
Seven (7) Non-renewable Awards: Seven awards of $5,000 each will be non-renewable.
The Philip Wagner Scholarship will be granted to a student pursuing education at a two-year or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Pedro Aceituno Scholarship will be granted to a student attending a four year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Lois and Dave Pierson Scholarship will be granted to a student attending a four year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Hashem Miniay Inspirational Scholarship will be granted to a student attending a four year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Ivy and Leo Chu Scholarship will be granted to a student attending a four year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Bicycle Casino Community Foundation Scholarship will be granted to a student attending a four year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.
One scholarship is designated for a current undergraduate student attending a four-year college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.
All recipients will also receive a laptop computer from the David and Megan Carter, and Deborah Carter Hunt families.
In any given year, a recipient can receive on scholarship award from either the Bicycle Casino Community Foundation Scholarship Award Program or the Bicycle Casino Employee Scholarship Program, but not from both.
Selection of Recipients
Scholarship America will evaluate applications based upon academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances and an online recommendation. Up to twelve (12) finalists will be selected for review by the Foundation selection committee.
The Foundation selection committee will select eight recipients from the pool of finalists based upon the applicant’s response to the “Leadership Proposal” essay portion of the application and a personal interview. Finalists will be contacted directly by the Foundation to schedule the personal interview. Consideration will be given to finalists who demonstrate the greatest need.
The undergraduate award will utilize standard Scholarship America recipient selection procedures including the consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational aspirations and goals, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.
Financial need will be considered. Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest need.
All applicants agree to accept the decisions as final.
Applicants will be notified in early May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The Bicycle Casino Community Foundation. Payment is made in one installment on August 1. Checks are mailed to each recipients home address and are made payable to the college.
As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:
Also as part of your application, one online recommendation must be submitted on your behalf.
Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.