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The Bicycle Casino Community Foundation Scholarship Award Program
Deadline to apply: March 24, 2020 3:00 pm CT

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.

Eligibility
Applicants to the Bicycle Casino Community Scholarship Award Program must:

  • Be high school seniors who have resided within the City of Bell Gardens* for one year or longer with proof of residency.
    *Accepted documents to prove residency are utility bills, mortgage statements or rental/lease agreements.
  • Be a graduate of a high school located within the City of Bell Gardens. Undergraduate applicants must submit a high school transcript for verification.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Children of the selection committee or the Foundation’s officers, directors or substantial contributors are ineligible to apply.

Required Essay

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:

  • How you would make a difference in your community, what you would change, and how you would implement those changes.

Strong essays will describe a clear vision of how you would improve the city.

Essay Layout

  • Comprised of up to four pages
  • Typed
  • Double Spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman Font
  • Can include images, but the images will not count toward the page limit.

Award
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.

Notification
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:

  • 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. Undergraduate applicants must submit transcripts for both high school and post secondary schools attended for verification.
  • Required Essay: 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:
    • How you would make a difference in your community, what you would change, and how you would implement those changes.
      • Essay Layout:

        • Comprised of up to four pages
        • Typed
        • Double Spaced
        • 12-point Times New Roman Font
        • Can include images, but the images will not count toward the page limit.
  • Proof of Residency: High school seniors must upload proof of residency. Accepted documents to prove residency are utility bills, mortgage statements or rental/lease agreements.

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.

The Bicycle Casino Community Foundation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!