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Deadline: March 6, 2020



2020 Application Instructions

Before preparing this application, please review the criteria outlined below. These instructions are also printed for your convenience inside the application file. 

The application and all supporting material must be submitted or postmarked by March 6, 2020.

The application must be typed. NO staples – use paper clips ONLY.  Please do not put the completed application packet in any type of binder or folder. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Purpose: This scholarship was established by the family of David A. Hicks to celebrate his life. David valiantly fought cancer throughout most of his teen years. Throughout his illness, he was always more concerned with others than he was with his own comfort. He was very interested in the arts and would have pursued a career in the creative arts. Because of that, his family established this scholarship to help other students pursue their passion for performing, visual, or graphic arts.

Criteria: This is a $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to be used at a U.S. college/university (2-4 years) or a vocational/technical institute school for tuition, books, fees, and other costs of attending EXCEPT room and board. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the Arts – this includes performing, visual, and graphic arts. All applicants must also demonstrate evidence of financial need through a FAFSA Determination Letter. Please include a small sample of your chosen art.

To complete your application, provide information in the following order:

  • Signed Application
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a current or former teacher or school official, one from a community member and one from a personal reference. Please do not include any family members.
  • A typed one-page essay that answers the question: Why do you want to pursue a career in the arts?
  • Your high school transcript
  • Your highest scoring SAT transcript
  • A copy of your FAFSA Determination Letter
  • A small sample of your chosen art, performing, visual, or graphic (note: anything submitted will not be returned to the student)

School counselors will be notified by the Foundation in May regarding the scholarship recipient(s). In mid-May, scholarship recipients will receive invitations to the Foundation’s scholarship awards event in June.

Information on how to access the scholarship will be sent to recipient by the end of June. The scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university on the student’s behalf by mid-August.

Return your completed application and all support materials to:

Berrien Community Foundation-Scholarships
2900 S State St, Suite 2 E
St. Joseph, MI 49085


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