Friendraiser – Friday, April 5

5:30 p.m. at Kentlands Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg, MD.

Come hear about our college/training scholarships nonprofit and from scholarship awardees while enjoying drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music and an outstanding silent auction!

TICKETS: $20/person. Please be sure to enter “for Friendraiser tickets” in the personal message section of the donation page, as this is the only way we will know the purpose of your donation.


From Bernie: Goals for 2019


This year the program made its largest number of awards at 63, bringing our total awards to 524 and the total dollars awarded to $625,200. With your generous support, we are helping low-income individuals achieve their academic and personal goals of upward mobility.

Our goal for 2019 is to award $1,500 to each scholar. This would require BSAP to raise $97,500 to provide this level of financial support to 65 awardees. Help us continue to improve the educational opportunities for Montgomery County Maryland’s low-income residents of subsidized rental housing and donate today.

Although I am trying to simplify my life by cutting back on my volunteer activities, including no longer serving on The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program Board of Directors, there is no less commitment on my part to these deserving scholars. I felt comfortable doing so as there is in place an energetic and committed part-time staffer and a Board, as well as a connected Advisory Board.

If you prefer to continue your once-a-year lump sum donation, you can easily do so by visiting our donation page. Of course, you can use the envelope that you recently should have received in regular mail and/or click the button below.

With gratitude and my warmest personal regards,

Bernie Tetreault

#GivingTuesday – Donations Needed for 2019 Campaign

The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program’s mission is to provide financial assistance for college or vocational training programs to graduating high school seniors and other adults who are low-income and live in subsidized rental housing in Montgomery County, Maryland. Our goal is to help our recipients achieve a better future, to rise above their challenging circumstances. The scholarship that we provide may literally be life-changing to a recipient and his/her family. Our awardees are so determined that 98% complete their degrees!

In September 2018, we kicked off another year for our program. We hope to assist more students and to provide higher award amounts in 2019. To do this, we need to raise more funds for scholarships that can be used for tuition, books, fees, computer equipment, transportation, and child care for deserving students. This is exciting and will have an incredibly positive impact on our potential awardees.

In 2018 we had the largest number of awardees ever in our 23-year history; we had 63 awardees, compared to a high of 39 awardees in prior years. In 2019 our goal is to assist even more students and to increase the award amount to $2,000.

If you are interested in more information on our nonprofit, please see www.berniescholarships.org or contact us at contact@berniescholarships.org. If you know someone who could benefit from our scholarship program, please share this information.

Thank you, Theresa Wells, Board Member

The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program

Founded in 1995 by Bernie Tetreault, when he retired after 24 years as Executive Director of the Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC), The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program is a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to change lives through education for low-income students who live in subsidized rental housing in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The program fulfills this goal by providing financial support to augment traditional financial aid.

​We support students’ drive, persistence, courage and resilience.

Please check out our site. We have lots of information whether you are applying for a college scholarship or would like to donate your time, expertise, or money to help others! The latest news and other articles can now be found in our Blog section.

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Check out our new BROCHURE. Download/print/email to your friends and family and spread the word about the Bernie! The brochure has great information about how our MISSION, how to DONATE, and how future students can APPLY.

Bernie Scholarship Awardees left to right:
Yvette Hammond, single mom who completed her B.S. & is now in a Masters degree program, employed with benefits in Community Health & new homeowner;
Kimberly Hanson, new Bernie Board member & daughter of a single mom, completed her B.S. in biology & is working on  a Masters degree; Maryamawit Abate, in her second year at Montgomery College in the Registered Nurse program.

Building a Better Community, One Scholarship at a Time