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BSC provides students more than $13 million in tuition benefits each year through scholarships. The BSC scholarship program is supported by a generous endowment made possible by many faithful donors over many years. Here are some of our main scholarship options:

Academic Scholarships. More than 75 percent of all BSC freshmen qualify for Academic Scholarships based on their scholarly achievement and extracurricular record. All admitted first-year students are automatically considered; no additional application form is required.

These scholarships are calculated based on standardized test scores, GPA, class rank, leadership potential, and engagement and accomplishments beyond the classroom. They are renewable annually for full-time students with the required GPA and range in amount from $11,000 to $28,000. You can learn more about eligibility here.

Bonner Leaders Program. This program is a leadership development program for students who are committed to community and civic engagement. The program provides students an opportunity to create lasting impact in their community through leadership and excellence in service. All students with an interest in community engagement are invited to apply. However, students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be given priority. For more information and application forms click here.

Boy Scout Eagle and Girl Scout Gold Awards. Students who have successfully earned these designations are eligible for $2,000 in addition to guaranteed merit scholarships. A separate application is required for each of these programs.

BSC Merit Awards. In addition to Academic Scholarships, National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars may receive annual renewable scholarship of up to up to $2,000.

Distinguished Scholars Awards. These competitive scholarships valued up to full tuition are based on outstanding achievement in and out of the classroom. Recipients will receive consideration for the invitation-only scholarship competition held in early spring 2015. Students must submit an application for admission no later than February 1. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement as indicated by high school transcripts, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and the interview and essay completed during the Scholarship Day event.

United Methodist Church Scholarships. BSC is a national leader in providing financial assistance to United Methodist students, clergy families, and those called to ministry. All nominations must come from the student's local church with confirmation of membership. For more information and application forms click here.

Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships. These renewable scholarships are given to students who have been admitted to the college and plan to study theatre, musical theatre, art, art history, or music. High school seniors must either audition or submit a portfolio and interview with fine arts faculty, usually at the BSC Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship Day in February. For full requirements click here.

Transfer Student Scholarships. Students who are transferring from a two-year or four-year college with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to receive up to a $19,000 scholarship. Students with a GPA of 3.0-3.49 are eligible to receive a $16,500 (half-tuition) scholarship. Students with a GPA under 3.0 may be eligible to receive up to a $10,000 scholarship, depending on the overall strength of their application.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships. All members of Phi Theta Kappa are eligible to receive a $19,000 renewable scholarship.

Stump Entrepreneurial Scholarships. These scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated an exemplary entrepreneurial spirit through their work in and out of the classroom and who are interested in business as a career. Entrepreneurial Scholarships are part of the broader BSC Entrepreneurship Programs and were endowed by BSC graduates Jane and Kevin Stump, with support from an existing fund created by Joseph S. Bruno.

External scholarships
Many BSC students also seek additional scholarship dollars from outside sources. We are happy to assist you in coordinating external scholarships and your other financial aid. Good places to start your search are:
FastWeb: http://www.fastweb.com/
FinAid: http://www.finaid.org/

BSC Student of Color Scholarship
The BSC Student of Color Scholarship celebrates that diversity is central to the mission of the College. Interfacing and learning with people from a variety of backgrounds confronts stereotypes and fosters innovation, something beneficial for all students. As a liberal arts and science institution, BSC pushes students outside their comfort zone academically and challenges them to examine what they believe. The BSC Student of Color Scholarship recognizes the value of inclusion and diversity and awards scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 to newly admitted students of color. To learn more and complete the separate application, click here.

Abroms Scholarship
In partnership with the Birmingham Jewish Federation, BSC will award the $5000 Abroms Scholarship to two first-year Jewish students actively involved in the practice of their faith. For consideration, candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.00, demonstrated fit and ability as assessed by Admission counselor, and willingness to serve on BSC’s Hillel Student Advisory Board. Email Chelsea Tucker at cjtucker@bsc.edu for more information or to apply.

Comer Education Scholarship
The Comer Scholarship awards $6000 to an admitted first-year student that is a resident of Alabama that intends to major in Education. Click here to apply.