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You submit a completed application (download scholarship application). Your application must include a written statement from your Big about how they will support your efforts to achieve academic success. Note: Contact BBBS Scholarship office if your Big is not able to provide this.
How do I access funds?
Once you have enrolled in the scholarship program and you are registered for classes at a college, university or trade school, you can begin to access your funds. There are two basic BBBS forms required: the Scholarship Disbursement Policy & Procedures form and the Scholarship Choice form. You will also need to provide BBBS with a copy of your final high school transcript or high school diploma. You should submit these documents to the BBBS Scholarship Program to begin accessing your funds. Remember, you must begin this process within two years of high school graduation (or by age 20 if obtaining a GED). Once you begin accessing your funds, you have four years to exhaust your scholarship.
Funds are disbursed on a per semester basis, according to the number of hours you enroll in each semester: $500.00 for 12 or more hours; $250.00 for less than 12 hours. Payments are sent directly to the insitution. You can indicate on your Choice form each semester how to apply the funds. Funds may be applied for the following purpose:
Are there any deadlines?
You need to be aware of two important deadlines related to your scholarship:
If you have any questions, send an email to: Scholarship@bigmentoring.org, or contact 512-807-3642.
Which schools might match the BBBS scholarship?
BBBS of Central Texas has established partnerships with various institutions of higher education. Each institution listed below has generously agreed to offer matching scholarship opportunities to recipients of our scholarship. However, do not assume you automatically qualify. These institutions may have specific rules concerning their matching scholarship. If you are planning to attend one of these schools, please contact their financial aid office to research the eligibility rules for matching your BBBS scholarship.
Matches by Colleges/Universities
In 1986, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas received a major contribution from an anonymous Central Texas donor to establish a program encouraging Little Brothers and Sisters to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education. These funds were earmarked to provide a $2,000 scholarship promise to each Little Brother and Sister, 14-years-old and older, who has been matched with the same mentor for at least one year. The students promise to stay in school and graduate, and BBBS promises to reward them with a $2,000 scholarship to be used toward their post-secondary education. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Scholarship Program was the first of its kind throughout the nearly 350 BBBS chapters.