Donations Needed – BSAP Begins 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 […]

Did you know? BSAP Provides Ongoing Mentoring

The Merriam-Webster definition of mentor is “a trusted counselor or guide.” Mentorship is part of the mission of our foundation. One-on-one mentorship relationships between board members and scholarship recipients underscores our dedication to the success of our scholarship recipients. The following is an interesting article that contrasts a coach to a mentor. While coaching is important and needed to assist […]

26 Tips for Success in College

Recently, a post by Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld called, “How to Study Like a Harvard Student” has been making the rounds on the blogging site Tumblr. Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld is both a Harvard and Yale Law graduate and the daughter of infamous “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” author, Amy Chua. Studying for exams can sometimes be daunting, but if you pay attention, […]

5 Healthy Recipes for College Students

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle, but tuition is expensive, and schoolwork is time-consuming. As a student, eating in and saving money is the practical choice, but budgeting for groceries and finding time to cook can be difficult. Here are 5 easy and budget-friendly meals (which include ready-to-eat grocery store purchases) to get you through […]

Tips for Applying to College

Written by Jessie Nolasco-Sandino. 1. Start looking for and applying to scholarships early on. Most scholarships don’t have their applications available until late Fall or early Spring Semester of an applicant’s Senior Year. However, my advice is to stay actively engaged in the process. Examples: Reach out to the Scholarship board with questions in Junior year. Have a friendly contact on […]

Who Are Our Bernie Scholars?

Who Are Our Bernie Scholars? In May 2018, The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program awarded a record-high 63 scholarships of $1,000 each to low-income residents of Montgomery County who reside in subsidized housing. Since its inception in 1995, $600,000 (524 scholarships) has been awarded to 474 scholars. Those are the statistics of a successful and thriving program.  However, it is the […]

2018 Awards Speech – Bitseat Getaneh

  Good evening everyone. I am honored and humbled that the Bernie Scholarship Board of Directors has asked me to speak on this beautiful evening. My name is Bitseat Getaneh, and I’m a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. First, I appreciate the Bernie Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of your scholarship. So many students feel hopeless at […]

2018 Awards Speech – H. Sluyter

I am a mother of 2 in my late 20s. I have a degree in paralegal studies and business management. Currently, I’m pursing a degree in law. At least once a week I hear “How do you do it?” from my friends, colleagues and family. This last year was one of the hardest, but most rewarding years I’ve ever had. […]