Scholarship Objective and Criteria
Process for Application and Financial Award
Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation awards post-secondary annual scholarships (ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 with the potential of being larger for exceptional submissions) to high school seniors and/or undergraduate students attending accredited educational/technical institutions and who can demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be the child of an active-duty service member stationed at any of the bases/ installations where Balfour Beatty Communities manages housing at the time of the application. All forms and supporting documents must be submitted to:
Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation
10 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073
Attn: Sharon Marcone
Each scholarship will be awarded for the 2014-2015 school year based on review of the applicant’s academic performance, financial need, community involvement and extra-curricular activities. In addition, we evaluate an applicant's essay based on originality and content.
All selections of scholarship recipients will be determined by the Foundation’s Board, and names and locations of applicants will not be revealed to the Board until after recipients have been chosen. The deadline for submission of scholarship applications must be postmarked April 15, 2014 and scholarship winners are expected to be notified by the Foundation on or around June 1st of the same year.
Each student must complete the application as well as meet the following requirements:
- A parent or guardian lives in a Balfour Beatty Community
- Have a parent in the Service (see Instruction 2 below)
- Be a high school senior or an undergraduate student
- Hold a GPA of 3.0 or better (see Instruction 3 below)
- Participation in extra-curricular activities
- Provide a recommendation from a teacher or coach (see Instruction 5 below)
- Write a 500-1000 word essay (see Instruction 4 below)
- Provide cover letter of application or acceptance letter (see Instruction 7 below)
- Submit the application and all related materials postmarked April 15, 2014
- Attend a post-secondary school (a post-secondary school is considered schooling beyond high school.)
- Complete the Foundation Scholarship Application Form. Do not leave any blanks. Write N/A if not applicable. Attach a separate sheet, if necessary, detailing all extracurricular activities, employment data, and all honors and awards.
- Provide a copy of most current Orders for active-duty parent.
- Submit a copy of the most recent school transcript showing the student’s name. GPA must be at least 3.0.
- Write a 500-1000 word essay on one of the following topics:
- Why you are most proud of your service member loved one.
- What is your greatest achievement?
- Describe a challenge you have overcome.
- Who is your role model and why?
- Describe a defining moment in your life.
- Submit no more than one recommendation from a teacher or coach, of whom must be a non-relative.
- Demonstration of participation in extra-curricular activities.
- Provide a cover letter of application or acceptance by a college or trade school.
Explanations / Exceptional Circumstances
On a separate sheet, applicants may submit an explanation of any unusual expenses, such as high medical expenses, elder care, or other special conditions that the applicant believes should be taken into account by the Foundation’s Board.
One completed copy of the application form and related materials should be submitted by mail (no electronic submissions will be accepted) to the address above. It is recommended that applicants also print "Scholarship Application Enclosed" on the envelope.
Submissions postmarked after April 15, 2014 will not be accepted. The Foundation is not responsible for lost applications. On or about June 1st of each year, the Foundation will notify the winners of their award, and, upon award notification, the applicant must verify the college or university that he or she will attend. Once the information has been provided and verified, the Foundation will issue a check payable to the applicant's College or University.
Acceptance of scholarship award constitutes permission to use awardee’s name and photograph in newsletters, in website promotions, and for other advertising purposes, unless prohibited by law. Parent or Legal Guardian must act for a minor.