Founders’ Scholarship Fund

A Foundation for Educational Success

Image: Carter McDowell with Scholarship poster
Founder Carter McDowell (R) with the new scholarship poster

The BHC Founders’ Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 at our 25th Anniversary event in honor of BHC co-founders Mary Tyler McClenahan and Carter McDowell. The fund provides financial assistance to adult residents (17+) of BHC’s rental communities seeking higher education. Scholarship amounts are awarded based on the educational achievement desired (i.e., diploma, certification, degree):

  • Associate degree, certificate program, continuing education courses (i.e., CNA classes, GED): Up to $1,000
  • Bachelor or graduate degrees: Up to $2,000

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For Applicants:

2016 Scholarship Awardees

If you are a resident of the following BHC communities, you are eligible to apply:

  • Lincoln Mews
  • North Oak
  • Market Square
  • Beckstoffer’s Mill Lofts
  • Somanath Senior Apartments
  • Jefferson Mews
  • Cary 2000
  • Winchester Greens.

Scholarship awards are valid one year from the award date, and are paid directly to the educational institution for tuition, books, and required supplies.

I’d like to learn more.

Download the scholarship general guidelines here.

I’m ready to apply!

Download the 2018 scholarship application packet here.

COMPLETED APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5 P.M. ON JUNE 1, 2018. Awards will be announced the first week of July.

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For Donors:

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Why is it needed? BHC envisions vibrant, sustainable communities that offer opportunities for our residents to reach their fullest potential. While scholarship recipients’ ages, backgrounds and fields of study vary widely, they all have dreams and aspire to bright futures. Their only obstacle is financial.

Our Goal: Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to award up to 10 scholarships each year. Our goal is to endow the fund at the $300,000 level so that awards can be made to residents indefinitely!

Donate Today! If you have any questions or would like to make a pledge to this fund, please email Resource Development Manager Sarah Fernald or call 804-644-0546 x118.

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Get to Know our Scholarship Awardees:

[My goal is] to own my own shop or to work for a Fortune 500 company. I mostly want to own and operate my own repair company/franchise.Anthony Brooks
J. Sargent Reynolds Community College

My future goal is to become an elementary teacher hopefully at my former elementary school, Ginter Park. I always said that I want to take part in kids’ lives, mostly the ones who don’t receive the love and affection they should at home. Why? Because kids tend to act out when they feel like they’re not appreciated or they’re not being recognized for their good work and I would serve as that positive role model in their lives.Joi Greene
Virginia Union University

I push my children to study hard and do their best in school. I realized that it is better to lead by example. My goal is to work in a company’s human resources department.Quinese White
Bryant and Stratton College

[My goal is to] complete my education and gain employment in the human service field as a case manager or drug counselor. One day I hope to open a shelter for women with no children or other family members.Delsa Sally
J. Sargent Reynolds Community College