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. […]

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Spring 2018 Bernie Scholarship Newsletter See attached for our 2018 Bernie Scholarship Newsletter! Inside: Friend Raiser In Their Own Words, by Maryamawit Abate Fund a Scholar

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

Starting College? Here’s Some Advice

Written by Maryamawit Abate, 2017 Awardee Like any new experience, entering college can seem scary or challenging. I too remember graduating high school and anxiously awaiting the start of my first semester of college. However, like any new experience, it is only a matter of time before you adjust. I hope that I can share the insight I have gained […]

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 […]

In Their Words – Updates from our Awardees

Serena G. Spickler 2017 Awardee The school year at UMBC has been great so far! I made plenty of friends within the STEM field in the Center for Women in Technology Living Learning Community in my building. I have been very studious and dedicated toward my success at this school, since this campus focuses primarily on academics, as opposed to […]