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
To date, BHC has awarded over $35,000 in scholarship awards to our residents!

For Applicants:

2016 Scholarship Awardees
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are now available and being accepted through June 26th!

If you are a resident of a BHC rental community, you are eligible to apply!

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

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Founders Scholarship Fund – General Guideline

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Founders Scholarship Fund Step-by-Step Instructions- Residents 

Download the 2020 Scholarship Application Packet Here

I’m an applicant reference.

 Download the fillable BHC Scholarship Reference Form here.

COMPLETED APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5 P.M. ON JUNE 26, 2020. Awards will be announced in July.

Scholarship Fund FAQ’s

Q: Is my class eligible?

A: Probably! Beyond traditional college/university classes, Founders’ Scholarship funds can be used for GED prep and testing, certificate programs, and continuing ed courses that advance or improve the career of the applicant. Some examples of certification courses past awardees have taken are Pharmacy Tech, Welding, and HVAC.


Q: Who decided who gets an award?

A: Applications are reviewed by a panel made up of BHC board members, community volunteers, university faculty, etc,  Applicants’ responses are scored by each reviewer, an average score is assigned, then ranked. We assign scholarship dollars to top scorers based on maximum allocation allowed until we reach $10,000 in awards for the grant year.


Q: When will I know if I received a scholarship?

A: Awards will be announced by the end of July.


Q: Do I get a check for my tuition?

A: No. Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution for tuition, books, and required supplies and are valid one year from the award date.

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For Donors:

Image of Scholarship recipient

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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In the News:

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