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BCU Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

BCU has established a scholarship program to assist members who are high school seniors and plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student´s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the BCU Scholarship Program must fulfill all the eligibility requirements. Student must be:

  • A BCU member in good standing (not a parent’s account).
  • A high school senior or graduate, or current undergraduate student.
  • Planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2021-2022 academic year.

Children of employees of BCU are ineligible to apply.

Award Information

Up to twenty-eight (28) awards will be granted in 2021:

  • The BCU Scholarship – up to 20 awards available in the amount of $2,500 each.
  • The Samuel G. O’Kelly Memorial Scholarship for $3,500. (This award will be funded annually through donations made to the Samuel G. O’Kelly Memorial Fund, administered by Scholarship America. The availability and amount of the award in future years are contingent on funds available).
  • Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships. Seven awards in the amount of $5,000 each are granted to applicants who demonstrate the greatest service and dedication to their community, academic performance, and leadership potential.
    • The Thomas W. Hodson Leader of Tomorrow
    • The Ray & Irene Oddi Leader of Tomorrow
    • The Michele Hooper Leader of Tomorrow
    • The John Pellettiere Leader of Tomorrow
    • The Charles Thurman Leader of Tomorrow
    • The Margo Kaplan Leader of Tomorrow
    • The A. Rex Johnson Leader of Tomorrow

Recipients may receive only one award of any type.

Recipients may receive awards one time only. Past recipients may not apply.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances and essay* response.

Financial need is not considered.

Assuming there are qualified applicants, the diversity of the recipient pool will proportionally reflect the diversity of the applicant pool.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of BCU play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


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All applicants will be notified in July.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of BCU. The payment is made in one installment in early August. A check is made payable to the student´s school and mailed to each recipient´s home address.

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

  • 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.

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

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