Scholarship Season Has Arrived

It’s that time of year, Bears! Scholarship season is upon us. If you weren’t already aware, Bridgewater State University has opened up its scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. If you are new to BSU, or need a refresher on the scholarship process, then this is for you!

The BSU scholarship program is held by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management. Every spring, hundreds of scholarships open for students to send in applications. These are open to any undergraduate or graduate students with a recorded GPA at BSU. They typically open in the first week of February and close in early to mid-March. This year, scholarships opened February 1, 2022 and will be open until March 1, 2022.

To begin, there is a general application that every student must fill out. These are a series of questions regarding your background. This includes clubs, organizations, or other extracurriculars you may participate in. By filling out the general application, BSU students automatically are considered for several scholarships.

After you fill out the general application, the system is designed to recommend scholarships that best fit you. This will include things like your field of study or scholarships that are offered to students in your major. They also have scholarships awarded to students in Greek Life, Resident Assistants, and other organizations on campus.

Luckily for us, there is no limit on how many scholarships one student can apply for.

“By completing the initial intake form they are automatically considered for a generic group of scholarships,” said Laura Biechler, the Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Assistance & Enrollment Management. “Then a student can take the process one step further and look for scholarships that they qualify for that are within their field of study.”

Every scholarship is reviewed by a committee to choose the student(s) that best qualify for the specific scholarship, which they are then awarded. Even better, there is no limit for how many scholarships a student can be awarded! If the committee feels that you are the best fit for more than one scholarship, congratulations!

Then the scholarships will close and everyone will inevitably forget about them for a few months until the scholarship committee deliberates and decides who is awarded which scholarship. If awarded a scholarship, you will receive an email in May or June, along with an update to your Financial Award on InfoBear. You will only be notified if you have been awarded a scholarship.

If you haven’t started applying for scholarships yet, don’t worry! There is still plenty of time to fill out the general application and any of the recommended ones as well! Every day, Financial Aid posts on the BSU Mobile App a “Scholarship of the Day” for students to apply for. Go check it out! Log on to https://bridgew.academicworks.com/ to get started.

Happy scholarship season!

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