Program Impact

Program Impact

2019 BSAP Recipients

Since 1995, BSAP has made 600 awards to 492 scholars, dispersing $701,000, including 51 awards funded in 2019. The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program (BSAP) continues to grow.

In 2019, Bernie Scholarship provided:

  • Fifty-one awardees composed of thirty-three prior awardees and eighteen new
  • Eight are completing high school and beginning college in 2019
  • Forty-one women, ten men

Career Aspirations of the Awardees:

  • Thirteen medical field–pediatrician, neuro-surgeon, occupational therapist, one psychiatrist, one veterinarian
  • Eight business, including one director of a nonprofit
  • Fifteen computer science/IT, cybersecurity, software engineering
  • One mechanical engineer
  • One education/teaching/school principal
  • Three human resources
  • One criminal justice/law enforcement/detective
  • Four attorneys – criminal, family abuse, children, immigration, and business
  • Two social workers, one therapist
  • One visual arts/intermedia artist, one creative media director

Outcome Studies:

Studies have shown that education is a very effective weapon for poverty eradication. In 2013, only 6% of college graduates were living in poverty, compared to 22% of high school graduates now.  According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center (February 11, 2014), millennial college graduates ages 25 to 32 who are working full-time earn more annually—about $17,500 more—than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma. The pay gap was significantly smaller in previous generations. College-educated millennials also are more likely to be employed full-time than their less-educated counterparts (89% vs. 82%) and significantly less likely to be unemployed (3.8% vs. 12.2%).

Performance Assessment Findings of the Effectiveness Study – 2018

Performance Assessment Findings of the Effectiveness Study – 2017

Performance Assessment Findings of the Effectiveness Study – 2016

2019 Annual Awardee Celebration- meet some awardees: