Applicants for BWSF must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Female, residing in Contra Costa County  
  • Have at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA
  • Be active in community service
  • Be in need of financial aid
  • A graduating High School senior, or Junior College student ready to transfer, who will be attending a 4 year college/university in the fall

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Scholarship Application

Candidates applying for a BWSF scholarship must submit a complete application package, which includes the following items:

  • Correctly filled out application form with school advisor’s signature;
  • An official sealed transcript;
  • A copy of the essay you submitted for your college applications (or write a 1-2 page essay to the prompt: “If you had to describe your biggest mistake, what would it be and what did you learn from it?”);
  • A short personal letter from you describing your interests, academic intentions, and what this scholarship would do for you;
  • A letter from a family member describing your family’s financial situation and why you need financial help;
  • Documentation of financial need (W2 form, last year’s tax return, etc);
  • A letter of recommendation from your school advisor or a teacher;
  • A second letter of recommendation from someone in the community who knows you through community service or work; and
  • A list of your awards/honors and community service/work activities. Include # hours/month and # years you participated in each activity.

*Incomplete applications shall be given no recognition and no response.

*Applicants will be asked to provide information relating to their financial status and/or that of their parents or guardians.

*Evaluation of all applications and selection of the award recipient(s) will be made by the Blackhawk Women’s Scholarship Fund.

*The Scholarship Committee will conduct personal interviews with the semi- finalists to assist in the selection process.

Guidelines for Scholarship Recipients

  • Award recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the period in which they are receiving the scholarship money.
  • Recipients are required to complete the school term for which the award is paid out.  Failure to do so will require re-payment of the amount awarded.
  • Scholarship checks will be written out directly to the college/university you are attending in the fall.  The scholarship money can be used for school expenses only (tuition, room & board, books).

Applications must be postmarked by March 18, and mailed to the following address:

Blackhawk Women's Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 2991
Danville, CA 94526

Recipients will be notified before May 1.