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Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarship opportunities available to help eligible students fund their education. Scholarships could lower the price of your education and, unlike student loans, do not need to be repaid. In most cases, the funds received apply directly toward paying your tuition.

Scholarship Resources

College Scholarships

How do I find and apply for college scholarships?

Brightwood College encourages you to seek outside sources for scholarship aid. The following websites allow you to search and apply for private scholarships:
  • Scholarships.com - Search millions of college scholarships and grants.
  • Fastweb - A leading scholarship search provider for over 15 years, this site features a comprehensive database of available scholarships, plus information and advice that could help you win more scholarships
  • Studentaid.ed.gov - This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. You can access much of the information, publications, and links on the site without an ID. 

Other scholarship search sites exist, but beware of fraudulent sites or those that charge for their services. Visit the Scholarships and Grants section of the enrollment portal for more about scholarship resources and scams.

Brightwood College cannot guarantee that students will be eligible to receive any scholarship. It is the student’s responsibility to carefully review the requirements for any scholarships of interest.

Private Scholarships

What is a private, or outside, scholarship?

Outside scholarships are funds you receive from public and private agencies to pay for a portion or all of your tuition, fees, or required textbooks. You must apply for these scholarships through a separate process.

How does a private scholarship get applied toward tuition?

When a private agency pays a portion of your tuition, fees, or required textbooks, this is considered third-party billing. The agency will receive a bill directly from Brightwood College and send the payment directly to the School (not to you, the student).

Scholarship third-party billing is only available as an option if the student/private agency provides the necessary tuition assistance documents prior to each term of enrollment. The tuition assistance documents must meet all standard requirements and will provide Brightwood College with direct bill authorization. If the private agency determines you are no longer eligible to receive a scholarship, you will be responsible for paying the tuition balance.

To have a private agency approved for direct billing, please contact your campus to provide the following information:

  • The name of the agency
  • The contact information for the Educational Benefits Coordinator

Brightwood College Career Training Scholarship for Working Students

Amount:

$500 for diploma programs and $1,000 for degree programs

Application Requirements:

  • A minimum of two years of employment

    • Exceptions to the two years of employment may be made for single parents at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Single parents who do not meet the minimum application requirement for proof of two years of employment may request an interview with the Scholarship Committee. If an interview is granted, the Scholarship Committee may determine from the interview to allow the single parent with less than two years of employment to apply for this scholarship. Approval by the Scholarship Committee to apply for this scholarship does not guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded to the single parent, only that they may apply for the scholarship.

  • One letter of recommendation from an employer

  • 300-word essay describing long-term career goals

  • High school diploma, GED certificate, or approved Home School study credential

  • Completed scholarship application form

Disbursement Conditions:

The student must continually meet the stated attendance requirements of the College and maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the scholarship award. If attendance requirements and GPA requirements are not met, the remaining balance of the scholarship will not be credited to the student’s account. The student may not re-apply for the scholarship if he/she fails to meet these conditions.

Payable for Credit Hour Students:

Credited equally over each term of the student’s remaining enrollment

Payable for Clock Hour Students:

Credited equally each payment period of the student’s remaining enrollment

Application Submission:

At least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term of attendance for which the scholarship is initially being applied, each applicant must submit the following to the Scholarship Committee: official high school transcript or GED certificate (on those campuses where official copies are required), letter of recommendation, essay, and application form.

Scholarship Committee:

Scholarship Committee membership shall include two appropriate College officials. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final and based on meeting the stated scholarship criteria including

  • letter of recommendation;

  • student essay; and, optionally,

  • personal interview with candidate.