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. […]

Awards Celebration Event – May 17, 2018

Join us for supper plus an opportunity to meet and learn about the deserving scholars whom The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program supports. Please join the celebration as our guest. Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:30 p.m. Dinner followed by Program Executive Office Building 101 Monroe Street Rockville, MD 20950 Keynote Speaker and Community Service Awardee Ruby Rubens Full Invitation

Featured Award Winners

Michael Abraha just finished his junior year at Mount St. Mary’s.  He is majoring in political science.  He would like to pursue a MBA in business management.  He believes that best way to influence the world is to have wealth in the right hands. Tiffany Dicks is currently a sophomore at Montgomery College. She is pursuing her Associates degree in graphic design. […]

Chevonne Mansfield: It Takes Dedication and Hard Work

Moving is always a disruptive event even for adults. But for a young girl in school it can be especially traumatic. One day you’re in a comfortable place, in a familiar school with friends who know and like you; the next, everything’s different and you have to start over again. Definitely not something you want to do often. In Chevonne […]

In Appreciation: Gene Ford, Sr.

Gene Ford, Sr., a long-time donor and supporter of The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program (BSAP), has made a $100,000 bequest to The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program. Mr. Ford’s company Mid-City produced thousands of housing units throughout the Washington-Baltimore region that served many low-income residents. He recognized that people were not poor by choice and that housing in itself would not […]