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BREMERTON HIGH SCHOOL PAY IT FORWARD SCHOLARSHIP
July 29, 2010

BHS PIF Scholarship is a unique scholarship program serving an underrepresented segment of an inner city high school in Bremerton, WA. We currently give 2- $14,000 scholarships per year to students who: are among the first in their family to attend college, have between a 2.5 and 3.5 GPA, are low income and are willing to Pay It Forward, as in the book or movie, by doing community service at least three times while receiving scholarship money. We have a Mentor Program which helps our recipients, new to the college scene, to make the most of their college opportunities. We help them throughout their four years by providing advice, a professional mentor matched to their major, and networking help. We want to insure our recipients GRADUATE from college and not simply attend for one or two years.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with friends to set up the scholarship. We are a grassroots, all volunteer group who saw a need in a town where the average household income is less than $40,000. Few BHS grads were going to college, we aim to change this!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See if we could recruit more local volunteers to help. We hold a run/walk as our annual fundraiser and could always use more local sponsors to help us in this successsful mission. Thanks.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with local people who see the great need in the community of this scholarship and working with them to make it happen for these terrific BHS grads.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working, understanding volunteers who "get it"-- that motivated students in the 2.5 - 3.5 GPA range still deserve the opportunity to attend college and better their lives and those of their family members. We end poverty through higher education!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish an endowment where 5 scholarships of $20,000 each could be given every year. This is our dream and goal of the future!

Ways to make it better...

all of us founders of the scholarship had worked in the non profit sector previously! But we are mostly a group of teachers who saw a need--to help low income kids go to college--and who have the passion to make this organization work!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting more students to realize they have a good chance to win this scholarship. They need to be motivated Bremerton High School grads with generous hearts--to Pay It Forward by doing community service while receiving scholarship funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a scholarship for "every kid"--to help students realize their dreams through higher education, no matter what their family circumstances are. Knowledge is indeed power, and a college education can make dreams come true.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Created the scholarship.

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