What is Baxter Community Educational Scholarships?
Baxter Community Educational Scholarships (BCES) is a locally operated and supported, nonprofit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation. Operated by an all volunteer Board of Directors, the purpose of BCES is to expand access to educational opportunities by involving and assisting our community in the support of students and in the encouragement of educational achievement.
Why is BCES so important?
Rising costs are closing doors to higher education for many individuals in our community. Through BCES, we have the opportunity to make a strong, collective statement about the importance of education beyond high school. We can provide both encouragement and financial support for local students
How are funds for local awards provided?Each year our community is invited to demonstrate our support for local students through a variety of fundraising activities. Funds also come from the generous support and individuals who desire to sponsor scholarships in their name.
For those who wish to establish endowed scholarships, Baxter Community Educational Scholarships may be named as a beneficiary in will and insurance policies or receive gifts of property.
Who may apply for a scholarship?
BCES believes any sincere and determined person should have the opportunity to continue his or her education after graduation. Scholarships can be for two-year, four-year, or vocational and technical colleges. Children or adults may be eligible.
How are local scholarships awarded?By completing a common application form, students become eligible for several local awards. Applications are scored anonymously by trained volunteers serving on an Awards Committee. Applicants receive points for a variety of qualities, including work experience, school and community activities, and academic record.
In this way, the selection process is objective and nondiscriminatory making scholarships available to a wide range of deserving students planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.
How can I help?
Anyone in the community can help Baxter Community Educational Scholarships in two ways:Make a contribution. We encourage you to give as generously as you can, but be assured that any and all gifts are appreciated. Your contribution of $10, $100, or $1,000 reflects your pride in our students and your commitment to the ongoing education of the young people of our community. Share your time, your skills, and your ideas. We invite your help with any of our fundraising events throughout the year.
We also invite you to share any ideas you have for new approaches to encouraging community participation in BCES. Together, through Baxter Community Educational Scholarships, we have an opportunity to invest in our greatest resource, our youth. Together we really can make a difference.
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Baxter Community Educational Scholarships
President - Sam McWhiter
Vice President - Kristy Winfield
Secretary - Michelle Northrup
Treasurer - Colette Kunkel
Please feel free to call any of the officers with questions or comments.
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