BD SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE PHILOSOPHY
Scholarships are given to reward and encourage students. To a student graduating from high school, there are many sources of scholarships available: industries and foundations, universities and technical schools, federal grants, military service, and local scholarships. Established to administer these local monetary and honorary awards, the scholarship committee is composed of the principal, associate principals, three school counselors, community members, retired high school teachers, and current high school staff members.
One of the major purposes of the Scholarship Committee is to award local scholarships through a fair process to as many different individuals as possible, adjusting our eligible list according to Foundation recipients. The Scholarship Committee awards only one scholarship per individual; however, individuals may receive additional scholarships from agencies outside the selection process of the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Committee.
To be eligible to receive a scholarship awarded through the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Committee, students must meet the following criteria:
Have been in attendance at Beaver Dam High School their senior year during the third Friday count of September and the second Friday count of January, making early graduates eligible.
Have resided within the boundaries of the Beaver Dam Unified School District and/or attended school under the state open enrollment option [per WI Statute 118.145(4), 118.51, 118.52].
Have met the criterion of GPA as determined annually by the Scholarship Committee.
Process of ranking all students for scholarship awards is based upon these categories:
Difficulty of curriculum.
Community service and co-curricular involvement.
Personal traits as evaluated by the high school faculty.
Types of Scholarships Available for Students
Academic Scholarships for BDHS Students:
Graduating students may apply who have a 3.00 Grade Point Average or above (cumulative 7th semester) and who will enter a 4-year college/university or 2-year "non-technical" college (UW Center college). Eligible students will receive an invitation to apply in early February.
Career Technical Scholarships for BDHS Students:
Graduating students going into a technical college may apply who have attained a cumulative 2.0+ GPA and/or attained a 2.0+ GPA in only technical classes and/or has a confirmed acceptance into a college program. Applications will be available in early February.
Beaver Dam School District Residents, Non-BDHS Students:
Non-BDHS graduating students may apply who have maintained a 3.00 average or above (cumulative 7th semester) and who will enter a 4-year university/college or 2-year "non-technical" college (UW Center college). They will be eligible for the American Association of University Women and Rotary Scholarships. Applications will be available at BDHS, Wayland Academy, Lakeside Lutheran, and Luther Preparatory Schools in early February.