Enabling Bright Futures
Formalized in 1982, the Scholarship Program began with $2,500 in the Club’s annual budget. This year, the Club will award $195,000, recognizing 42 scholars for their achievements.
Applicants to the program must be applying for admission to a post-secondary education (i,e, university, college, trade or vocational school); must demonstrate a B or better high school grade average; must meet Boca Grande Island residency and/or work requirements; must demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA form; and must complete and submit the BGWC application by February 1.
Once a student is accepted into the program, he or she is guaranteed continued support until graduation, as long as the Club’s requirements for grades, course loads, and reporting are met.
Each semester scholars must submit a personal letter stating their goals and achievements, including extra-curricular activities, along with a copy of their official grade transcript and proof of enrollment of 12 or more hours for the up coming semester.
Student retention has been one of the major topics in higher education since the 2008 economic downturn. For instance, nationally, only 59% of students seeking a bachelor’s degree at 4-year institutions in the fall of 2009 completed the degree in six years. Students who participate in the BGWC scholarship program complete their education in 2 or 4 years at a rate well above the national norm.
The Club believes this success rate is partially attributable to the committee’s close monitoring of students’ progress and the development of personal relationships.
The Club has awarded over $2.5 million in financial assistance to over 250 students in the last 47 years. Your support of the scholarship program will enhance our mission and prepare for future growth.