Blythewood High School Education Foundation
Senior Scholarships 2015
Every year, the BHS Education Foundation generously awards several scholarships to our students. Starting this year, the Foundation will only accept electronic submissions of these scholarship applications. The deadline to submit all materials is Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5pm. Students whose parents serve on the Education Foundation Board are ineligible for these awards.
Please read the instructions below carefully, to ensure you have completed all necessary steps.
1. Complete the scholarship application form. One submission of this form covers general information for all scholarships. Click here to access the form.
2. This year there are twelve Education Foundation scholarships being offered. A separate essay is required for each Foundation scholarship for which you apply. See information/link for each scholarship below for essay questions applying to specific scholarships. Email your essay(s) to BHSEFScholars@gmail.com.
3. Email one required scanned copy of college acceptance letter, from the school you will be attending, to BHSEFScholars@gmail.com. One copy of your letter will cover all scholarships you apply for. Application is disqualified without college letter.
4. Ask two teachers or administrators to complete letters of reference for you. Each recommender only has to send one letter, even if you are applying to more than one scholarship. Your recommenders should email their letters to BHSEFScholars@gmail.com no later than April 8, 2015.
2015 Education Foundation Scholarships:
Click the name of the scholarship for more information.
Lieutenant Colonel D. Zerell Hall Leadership Scholarship - $1,000
This award was inspired and is supported by Lieutenant Colonel Hall, who is a native of Blythewood, SC and a 1994 graduate of Spring Valley High School.
The recipient of this award will be a well-rounded senior student who possesses the Core Values of the United States Air Force:
Integrity First – Doing the right thing when no one is looking, embodying honesty and trustworthiness.
Service Before Self – Constantly making personal sacrifices for the benefit of others.
Excellence in All We Do – Continuously striving for perfection in every facet of life.
The recipient of this award has the characteristics, knowledge, and will power to achieve his/her objectives in life, and he/she shall be ready to soar like an eagle at the collegiate level.
Application for this scholarship must include a brief essay describing why the student feels that he/she meets the criteria of this award, specifically addressing the three core values. Strong teacher references are important with this award.
Sharon L. Buddin Scholarship - $1,000
This award has been established and is funded by Dr. and Mrs. Hugh Northcutt in appreciation of Dr. Buddin’s outstanding career in education and her innovation in creating opportunities for all students. The spirit of this award honors BreAnne Northcutt, BHS Class of 2007. The scholarship is given to a senior student who has turned adversity into inspiration through scholastic achievement and significant service to the school or a greater community.
Application for this scholarship includes a brief essay by the student describing how the student has met and dealt with adversity during his/her high school years.
Education Foundation- Foundation Scholarship - $1,000
This award rewards a well-rounded senior student who has admirable achievement in service, leadership, and academics.
Applicants for this award must answer a specific question (in essay form) addressing the business community of Blythewood to encourage community/business support of the school.
Stephen J. Shellenberg Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
This award has been established by the BHS Education Foundation to honor the service of Mr. Shellenberg, past Richland School District 2 School Board Chairman and BHS parent. Mr. Shellenberg’s long history of dedicated service to Richland 2 was based on his desire to see students excel. This scholarship is given to a senior student who demonstrates an excellent record of service to school, district, or community.
Application includes a brief essay addressing the student’s participation in community service.
Education Foundation Arts Scholarship - $1,000
This award has been established by the BHS Education Foundation to reward a worthy senior student with a supporting reference from an Arts Teacher. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have contributed through service to BHS and/or the greater community.
An applicant must complete an application and write an essay based on a topic pertinent to his/her field of the arts.
Ryan Fleming Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
"Ryan Aaron Fleming was a 23-year-old unforgettable young man who was unexpectedly called to be with The Lord in 2012. Everyone that had the pleasure of knowing and spending time with him loved him. He was an avid outdoorsman and athlete who loved his family, friends and his dog Dublin. He could brighten anyone's day with a story or simply a smile. Our hope is to honor his memory and love of life with this scholarship."
~ Ryan's Parents
Ryan Fleming was a BHS graduate, Class of 2007. This memorial scholarship is supported through the fundraising efforts of family, friends, the community, and private donations.
All senior athletes, senior members of FFA, and senior members of FCA are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
An applicant must have an acceptance letter to a technical or trade school or 4-year college/university and complete the Foundation application and required essay.
Education Foundation Career and Technology Education Scholarship - $1,000
This award was established by the Education Foundation to reward a worthy senior student nominated by a lead CATE Teacher. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a completer in his/her CATE area, and have contributed through service to BHS and/or the greater community.
A brief essay is required addressing the student’s experience in the Career and Technology program.
The Finney Scholarship - $1,000
Jerry L. Finney, Sr., Attorney at Law, established and funds this scholarship to encourage a senior student who has plans to pursue a career as an attorney. Applicants must demonstrate overall commendable academic achievement and commitment to pursue a law degree after college.
An applicant must have an acceptance letter from and plans to attend a college/university in the fall. The application includes an essay addressing the applicant’s passion for the field of law.
Chef William Turner Culinary Legacy Scholarship - $1,000
Established by the BHS Education Foundation, this award honors Chef William Turner and his legacy of outstanding teaching and his inspiration of students to pursue their passion in life. Chef Turner was honored as Blythewood High School Teacher of the Year and state Culinary Teacher of the Year. This award will go to a senior culinary arts student with ProStart certification and who has been accepted into a culinary school or program.
An essay is required.
The John S. Ducate, Sr. Engineering Scholarship - $1,000
is endowed and established by Mr. Ducate’s family to honor his entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, and ability to lead. His love of engineering and design led to the development of a small company that grew into a multimillion-dollar operation. This scholarship will be awarded to a senior student with high achievement in science and mathematics, a commitment to engineering, and acceptance to a college or university with an accredited engineering program. Finalists will be interviewed.
The Dan Neal, P.E. Engineering Scholarship - $1,000
has been endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Neal. Mr. Neal is a retired mechanical engineer. Criteria for this scholarship include overall high achievement in science and mathematics, a commitment to engineering as demonstrated by grades, and acceptance to a college or university with an accredited engineering program. Finalists will be interviewed.
PurePOWER Technologies Technical Scholarship - $1,000
Established by PurePower Technologies to award a senior student pursuing a two-year technical degree. Criteria include a 3.0 GPA and participation in service activities while in high school. An essay is required. Students who are awarded this scholarship will be given priority for internship opportunities during their 3rd and/or 4th semesters of technical school. Internships will be chosen through interviews at a later date.