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Scholarship Resources

Scholarship resources are 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 paid back. In most cases, the funds received apply directly toward paying your tuition.

College Scholarships

How do I find and apply for college scholarships?

Brightwood College encourages you to seek outside resources 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. 
  • CollegeScholarships.org - Grants listed by state.

Other scholarship search sites exist, but beware of fraudulent sites or those that charge for their services. Visit our Fraud Disclosure page for more about scholarship 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 College 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.

Brightwood College Graduate Success Scholarship

Amount:

The maximum scholarship award amount cannot exceed $1,500 or the student's account balance, whichever is the lessor of the two. Students may apply at each higher degree level for the maximum lifetime award of $3,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible One or Multiple Academic Year program (excluding Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  • Complete Graduate Success Scholarship Application
  • Maintain good academic standing (SAP Met status – 2.0 CGPA or higher) throughout their course of study
  • Have at least an 85% attendance rate
  • Be continually enrolled*
  • Complete each term/payment period as scheduled
  • Maintain completion rate for scheduled graduation

Disbursement Conditions:

Students must meet all eligibility requirements listed above before funds are disbursed. Awards and disbursement are scheduled against each term/payment period after all eligibility requirements have been reviewed. If eligibility is not met, all awards will be cancelled, potentially creating a balance due.

Awards:

Award amounts are split evenly across the number of terms/payment periods remaining in the program at the time of accepted application, up to $3,000 for the lifetime of the award.

Application Submission:

Interested students must complete and submit the Graduate Success Scholarship Application no later than 10 days prior to last term before graduation. However, the College encourages early application as funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

*continual enrollment – no more than one course/mod may be electively missed during the program to be considered continually enrolled for scholarship eligibility purposes. The student will not be penalized in the event the College cannot accommodate the required schedule.

Brightwood College Medical Graduate Success Scholarship

Amount

The maximum scholarship award amount cannot exceed $2,000 or the student’s account balance, whichever is the lessor of the two.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible Nursing, Radiologic Technology, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography program (only)
  • Complete Medical Graduate Success Scholarship Application
  • Maintain good academic standing (SAP Met status – 2.0 CGPA or higher) throughout their course of study
  • Have at least an 85% attendance rate
  • Be continually enrolled*
  • Complete each term/payment period as scheduled
  • Maintain completion rate for scheduled graduation

Disbursement Conditions:

Students must meet all eligibility requirements listed above before funds are disbursed. Awards and disbursement are scheduled against each term/payment period after all eligibility requirements have been reviewed. If eligibility is not met, all awards will be cancelled, potentially creating a balance due.

Awards:

Award amounts are split evenly across the number of terms/payment periods remaining in the program at the time of accepted application, up to $2,000 for the lifetime of the award.

Application Submission:

Interested students must complete and submit the Medical Graduate Success Scholarship Application no later than 10 days prior to last term before graduation. However, the College encourages early application as funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

*continual enrollment – no more than one course/mod may be electively missed during the program to be considered continually enrolled for scholarship eligibility purposes. The student will not be penalized in the event the College cannot accommodate the required schedule.

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