Founders’ Scholarship Program

A Foundation for Educational Success

Image: Carter McDowell with 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

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.

Learn more and meet some of our scholarship recipients in this video:

Our Goal: $250,000

Thanks to a few generous donors, we were able to award scholarships to eight deserving BHC residents in its inaugural year. Our goal is to raise $250,000 for the BHC Founders’ Scholarship Fund so that we can continue to award scholarships for the next 25 years!

Get Involved

Sign up for Founders’ Scholarship news and updates here

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

In the News:

[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