BCSF Scholarships

KIMBERLY SCHWARTZLOSE

BHS Student Services Secretary
kschwartzlose@bettendorf.k12.ia.us
(563) 332-7005

Michelle LeMoine

BCS Foundation
foundation@bettendorf.k12.ia.us
(563) 359-3681


Universal Application

Barbara J. Brown Golden Bulldog Awards (2)

The Award was established in 2007 by the family of Barbara J. Brown as a memorial to her and to her accomplishments. Barb taught at Bettendorf High School in the business department from 1971 through 2005. She taught a variety of subjects in that department and most recently was the Multi-Occupation Coordinator and Vocational Team Leader. Barb made her mark with her extremely positive outlook on education and working with students. Student ability and background did not matter to Barb, she loved teaching all students and took her greatest satisfaction when she was able to help overcome some problem or difficulty and be successful. She was a tireless worker, not just in her classroom but around the building serving on many committees and helping teach other educators many of the computer skills they needed to enter the computer age. She held statewide offices and was recognized with a variety of educational awards in her 34 years of teaching. Barb also was the cheerleading coach early in her teaching career and was the coach of the first girls golf teams at Bettendorf High School. The first girls state individual golf champion came during Barb’s tenure as golf coach.

There is an old expression that asks the question, “is the glass half full or is it half empty?” Those who worked with Mrs. Brown or who were fortunate enough to be in one of her classes know that for Barb, the glass was full or overflowing all the time. We hope to award the scholarships to these kind of students each year.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Each award recipient must be a senior student;

b) Each award recipient shall have a minimum 3.6 grade average for four years;

c) Each award recipient shall have participated in at least one sport or cheerleading season during his or her junior and senior year at Bettendorf High School;

d) Each award recipient shall best exemplify the Bulldog Spirit of excellence in athleticism, good sportsmanship, and support of the overall athletic program at Bettendorf High School;

e) Each applicant will have, as a career goal, a college major in education or some similar service profession; and

f) Each applicant will have been involved with a service activity or project in his or her junior or senior year at BHS.

Essay:

Submit an essay describing one or more experience from the three scholarship components (academic, athletic and/or service) that has helped shape your career decision. The essay should be no longer than one page, double spaced.

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit three letters of reference from 1. An academic teacher that had you in class within your last three semesters; 2. A coach involved with one of the sports that you participated in during the last three semesters; 3. A person involved with or who observed you in the service component of the application. (The letters need not be more than one or two paragraphs and should focus on telling the committee how the applicant exhibited optimism, enthusiasm and genuine concern for his/her peers.)

Scholarship Value: $500 to one female and one male student, non- renewable.

BHS Drama/Friends of Theater Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The student must be registered as an official member of the International Thespian Society.

b) Have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

c) Be a graduating senior.

d) Planning to major or minor in some aspect of the performing arts, technical theatre, or theatre education.

Scholarship Value: $500, non-renewable.

Bill and Alice Mary Meier Scholarship

The Scholarship was established in memory of Bill and Alice Mary Meier, whose three children all graduated from Bettendorf High School.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The recipient must be a graduating senior of BHS.

b) The recipient must exhibit a strong commitment to community service and citizenship.

Scholarship Value: $1000, non-renewable.

Class of 1956 Scholarship

The BHS Class of 1956 scholarship is the result of an idea presented at a Class of ’56 reunion. Thanks to the generosity of fellow classmates the first scholarship was awarded in 1992. Scholarships are solely funded by continuing donations of the class of ’56. Since BHS was established in 1951, the class of ’56 had considerable input into establishing many of the traditions that continue on today.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Resident of Bettendorf and enrolled in Bettendorf High School

b) GPA of 2.5 or greater with a class ranking that shows commitment to academics, arts and athletic aspects of school.

c) Demonstrates leadership in school and/or community, possible employment or volunteer work.

d) Provide proof of acceptance into college

Essay:

Provide a brief essay (one page or less) describing yourself and any experiences that helped shape your career decisions and goals.

Scholarship Value: $1000, non-renewable.

Darlene Stansberry Scholarship

Darlene Stansberry thoroughly loved life. Her first love was her family, her God and then her job. She always wore a beautiful smile and was always willing to help those in need. She devoted 26 years of her life to working with the students and faculty at Bettendorf High School. She loved assisting the students and they in turn admired her. She likewise was always willing to help faculty and support members in any manner possible. Her love for mankind did not stop at Bettendorf High School, for she was always willing to help family and friends as well as strangers in need.

The scholarship will be presented at the All Sports Banquet.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Participation in a Bettendorf High School sports activity (athletes, cheerleaders, Goldusters, managers and trainers are eligible to apply).

b) Planning to attend college, university or vocational school.

c) Academic achievements equal to or greater than a 3.0 GPA (cumulative through first semester senior year).

d) Demonstrates exemplary sportsmanship.

e) Shows responsible behavior in everyday life.

Essay:

Please complete a written paper in 1,000 words or less. How you have reflected Darlene’s attributes (love for family, God, those in need and her always present smile) toward your fellow Bettendorf High School students and/or others that you have come into contact while attending Bettendorf High School.

Letters of Recommendation:

Provide two letters from individuals that are familiar with you.

Scholarship Value: $500, non-renewable.

Dr. A.E. Lampe Family Scholarship

The Scholarship was established in 2008 by Therese M. Lampe (Katie) to encourage and reward graduating seniors from Bettendorf High School who are pursuing a career in nursing. The Scholarship is awarded every four years (next available in 2022).

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The award recipient must be a senior student.

b) The recipient first must demonstrate a commitment to community involvement through volunteering, or other extracurricular activities in the community.

c) Overall G.P.A. must be a minimum of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent.

d) Members of the Scholarship Selection Committee, and relatives of members of the Scholarship Selection Committee, shall be ineligible to apply for and receive this Scholarship.

e) The award recipient shall have demonstrated success at BHS with a high grade point average in science courses taken, achievement in all coursework, and demonstrated interest in pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing after high school.

f) The award recipient shall have demonstrated interest in the nursing field that goes beyond class participation such as independent work, leadership roles and participation in group activities.

Scholarship Value: Not available in 2021.

The Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years, for a total of four years awarded to one individual. To renew this Scholarship, the recipient must provide the Scholarship Selection Committee with a timely application and must satisfactorily demonstrate continued coursework toward a degree in nursing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent. If a Scholarship recipient is no longer pursuing a degree in nursing, or if the recipient has received this Scholarship award four times, then the Scholarship Committee shall select a new recipient.

Dr. Raymond W. Oles Scholarship

Dr. Raymond W. Oles was a football coach, math instructor and school administrator for Bettendorf Schools from 1968-1982. He believed in education and had a B.A., a Master’s Degree in both physical education and mathematics, a Specialist’s Degree in school administration and a Ph.D. in education. His love of knowledge, young people of all ages, and continuing education has prompted his family, wife Elaine Rose and children, Gary, Mark and Laura to present this gift in his memory.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The recipient must demonstrate a love of mathematics plus an interest in other activities, such as music, arts, student government and sports.

b) The recipient must be a graduating senior with a strong interest in math/computer science and with a goal of entering that field in college.

Letters of Recommendation:

Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals that are familiar with your community service and good citizenship.

Scholarship Value: $800

ISU Dreamer Engineering Scholarship

The Scholarship was established in 2020, as a one-time offering, by an anonymous Bettendorf Family to encourage and reward a graduating senior who plans to pursue a career in Engineering. The family has personal experience as Engineers and feel engineering is a good career path for a hardworking student. The family wants to help someone to achieve their goals.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The award is reserved for low income black students who are graduating from BHS with successful participation and completion of BHS STEM courses.

b) Overall G.P.A. must be a minimum of 2.75/4.0 or its equivalent.

c) The award recipient must plan to attend Iowa State University with a degree in Engineering or Physical Science.

d) The award recipient must show financial need.

e) The award recipient shall be the first generation of their family to attend college.

f) Homeschooled students are also eligible to apply.

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit two letters: one letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher and one letter of reflection from the applicant stating why they have an interest in pursuing engineering.

Scholarship Value: $4000

The Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years, for a total of four years to one individual. To renew this Scholarship, the recipient must provide BCSF with a degree audit/transcript each May and the recipient must satisfactorily demonstrate continued coursework toward a degree in Engineering with a minimum grade point average of 2.5/4.0 or its equivalent. If the Scholarship recipient is no longer pursuing a degree in Engineering or leaves school, then the remainder of the four years may be awarded to a new applicant at the next scholarship application deadline.

Janice Lawson Eternal Spirit Award

Janice Lawson loved kids, sports, and her community. She supported community athletic programs, particularly those at Bettendorf High School for nearly 40 years. During those 4 decades she demonstrated community service by volunteering time to keep local sports programs alive and vibrant. She was involved in various ways such as organizing AAU swim meets, running concessions at youth baseball games, serving on the high school booster club, and fund raising for various sports programs, just to name a few. Equally important, she supported teams of all ages as a spectator, cheering on the kids and providing words of encouragement. She proudly supported her children, nieces and nephews, and friends who were active in Bettendorf school sports and other community events and activities.

Participation in the whole school experience was important to Janice. She volunteered, participated and supported, not for the recognition, but because she truly loved to watch kids develop their sense of pride and accomplishment, their sense of commitment to others, and the joy of being involved. She was particularly drawn to young people who worked hard to overcome personal or academic challenges while demonstrating true commitment to their sport and teammates, regardless of the role they played on the team. She truly believed that the team was greater than the sum of the parts and that team success was just as dependent on that last player off the bench, or the trainer or manager as it was on the “stars” or coaches.

As a lasting tribute to all that she stood for, an endowed award fund has been established in her memory.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Must have been involved in at least one sport, (includes student managers and trainers).

b) Plans to study at an accredited 2 or 4 year college, university or technical school.

c) GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale

d) The recipient will display the following characteristics as identified in the letters of recommendation, their application, and personal essay:

- Integrity/high moral character

- Demonstrated personal accountability

- Superior sportsmanship

- Recognized by coaches, teachers, peers as a “team player”, not necessarily the “star.”

- Displayed unquestionable work ethic when it comes to both school work and participation in their sport regardless of their GPA (i.e. does not need to display a 4.0 GPA, but they showed commitment to the academic aspects of their time in high school.

- Demonstrated commitment to giving back to others, whether in service to school, church, or community.

Essay:

Write an essay that answers: “What Does Commitment Mean to Me?”

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit three letters of recommendation: 1. From a coach; 2. From a teacher you’ve had within the last two years of HS; 3. From a non-family member resident of the community.

Scholarship Value: $1200

Joann Stuhr Math Scholarship

This Scholarship was created by Joann M. Stuhr who taught mathematics at Bettendorf High School for 29 years and 6 years elsewhere.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The recipient must be a graduating Bettendorf High School mathematics student based on the following criteria:

- The award need not be need based.

- The award will be based upon the applicant's mathematical aptitude, creative writing aptitude and chemistry, physics and/or biology knowledge.

Essay:

Submit an essay on why you chose to pursue a career in mathematics and their need for the scholarship.

Scholarship Value: $4000, non-renewable.

Judith Wade Scholarship

The Scholarship was created in 2020 upon the retirement of Judith Wade from Bettendorf Middle School. Former students, parents, fellow colleagues, family and friends established the scholarship in recognition of her 50 years of service at BMS. Mrs. Wade wishes students to continue to support the philosophy “Kindness Matters”.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Must be a graduating senior from Bettendorf High School.

b) Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

c) Enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning (2-year, 4-year, tech or trade school)

d) Demonstrates involvement in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and positive contributions in helping others. Identify any leadership roles on the application.

e) Financial need will be considered.

f) Planning to pursue a degree in a human service area (might include, but not limited to teaching, nursing, medical, counseling).

Essay:

Submit an essay of no more than 300 words describing education plans, lifetime goals and how they would contribute to a “Kindness Matters” philosophy in helping others.

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit letters from 2 teachers or other adults that have witnessed your school and community involvement.

Scholarship Value: $500, non-renewable.

Keith Bonnstetter Memorial Scholarship

The Scholarship was established by the Bettendorf Community Foundation to honor Keith Bonnstetter. Keith Bonnstetter was a 20-year Bettendorf High School Spanish teacher. Keith had been chairman of the BHS World Language Department since 2013. Keith was a very creative teacher who was very dedicated to his students’ education and their well-being. He cared for them in the classroom and beyond. It didn't matter to him if he had students in class or not - he was there for anyone who needed his help in any way.

He additionally was an extraordinary snowflake paper-cutter, who published books, appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show,” and won prizes for his skills. His students said he was inspiring, engaging, and enthusiastic. He also spent a great deal of time helping students who struggled with adversity and found ways to help them overcome their hardship.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Must be a graduating senior from Bettendorf High School.

b) Plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning (2-year, 4-year, tech or trade school)

c) Each applicant will have to summarize (through an essay or another format) difficulties/adversity (even if resulting from their own poor choices) they have encountered and how they were able to overcome that hardship.

Essay:

Each applicant shall submit an essay of at least one-page or video of at least 5-minutes to summarize a time they struggled with adversity and how they were able to overcome that hardship. If applicants chose to submit a video they should e-mail it to foundation@bettendorf.k12.ia.us, labeled with their name and scholarship.

Scholarship Value: $1000, non-renewable.

PAMELA D. JOHNSON, PH.D. EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Scholarship was established in 2019 to honor the late Pamela D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Must be a graduating senior from Bettendorf High School.

b) Plan to attend a public university in the State of Iowa.

c) Plan to major in education.

d) Must demonstrate high academic performance as shown by GPA and test scores.

Scholarship Value: $500, non-renewable.

Rich and Dee James Citizen Scholarship

The Scholarship was established in 2007 by Richard and Deanna James to encourage and reward graduating seniors from Bettendorf High School.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) The recipient must demonstrate commitment to and involvement in school and community activities beyond the classroom, including but not limited to:

1. volunteering (school and community)

2. participation in academic extracurricular activities

3. participation in school or club sports

4. serve in a leadership capacity in school or community groups

b) Must be a senior at BHS

c) Must have an overall GPA of a minimum 3.0.

Essay:

Provide a one page essay that describes how your community involvement has affected your plans.

Letters of Recommendation:

Submit two letters from individuals that are familiar with your community service and good citizenship.

Scholarship Value: $1000, non-renewable.

Stewart N. Lounsberry Scholarships (2)

The Scholarship is in memory of Stewart N. Lounsberry, son of Harold C. and Ruth N. Lounsberry. Two awards will be given each year: one to a female students and one to a male student.

Scholarship Criteria:

The scholarship will be awarded to the most valuable member of the Bettendorf High School swimming team as selected by a vote of the members of the swimming team. One scholarship should be for the female MVP and one for the male MVP.

Scholarship Value: $1000 to one female and one male student, non- renewable.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary Spirit of Community Legacy Scholarships (2)

The Scholarship was established by the PTA upon the closing of the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in May of 2019. Two awards will be given each year: one to a female students and one to a male student.

Scholarship Criteria:

a) Demonstrate citizenship and community service.

b) Meet the Thomas Jefferson attendance requirements outlined below:

A) Students who were enrolled at Thomas Jefferson Elementary at the time of the school's closure in May of 2019, or who attended T J for at least two consecutive years, are eligible to receive this award.

Only after all students who meet the criteria established above in (A) have graduated from high school, will the criteria below go into effect, in this order:

B) Scholarship may be awarded to students who live within the geographic boundaries served by TJ at the time of the school's existence.

If there are no applicants that meet criteria (B), then criteria (C) goes into effect:

C) Scholarship may be awarded to students who live in the neighborhood served by Mark Twain Elementary School.

Essay:

Submit an essay that answers the following questions:

1) What have you done to make your community a better place?

2) How would receiving this scholarship help you continue to give back to or better your community?

Scholarship Value: $1000 to one female and one male student, non- renewable.

Tyler Hurd Best Friends Scholarship

Tyler Hurd had just finished his sophomore year at Bettendorf High School when he unexpectedly passed away in his sleep the morning of his 17th birthday. The day before he died, Tyler had been with his best friends to celebrate his birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic. He had the best day he’d had after three months of quarantine - going swimming, playing baseball & camping out, because he spent that day with his friends. While Tyler may not have known how many lives he touched or just how many people cared about him, he did know how important being a good friend was. He cared deeply for all of his friends and was fiercely loyal. He did his best to lift them up, make them laugh, get them together often & make sure no one was left out. Above all else, Tyler loved each of his friends for who they were individually and always wanted the best for them.

Besides being a good friend, Tyler was a dedicated & bright student. He truly enjoyed learning, taking as many Honors and AP classes as he could to challenge himself and broaden his options for the future. He also taught himself to play guitar and drums, and worked tirelessly to learn and perfect his skills in baseball, drawing and ping pong. He even took time to help others learn, working with friends and classmates to work through struggles, finish projects and succeed in school.

To honor Tyler, his family has created a scholarship to recognize the two things he valued most: friendship and learning. The Tyler Hurd Best Friend Scholarship is for one friend to honor another. The nominator is nominating someone else, their best friend, to receive the award as a way to thank them for making a difference in their life and/or the lives of others. It is the hope of the Hurd family that as the last year of high school comes to an end, students reflect and take time to recognize a classmate that has been a true friend, impacting their life & the lives of others around them in a positive and profound way while also being an example of an outstanding student and fellow citizen of the world. Making a difference in the world starts by making a difference to one person.

Scholarship Criteria:

Nominee qualifications: (nominee does not have to know that nominator is nominating them but must meet the below criteria to be eligible)

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Outstanding friendship & citizenship characteristics
  • Plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning (2-year, 4-year, tech or trade school)
  • Submission of the completed universal BCSF scholarship application
  • Nominator requirements on behalf of nominee: (The nominator must submit the nomination items (listed below) to Student Services in a sealed envelope marked with the scholarship name and the nominee’s name. BCSF will contact the nominee to get their application)

  • Write a short one to two page essay about what the nominee’s friendship has meant to you and how the nominee has made a positive impact on your life &/or the lives of others
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member (teacher, coach or staff) about the nominee’s character
  • * Each student can nominate only one person, but one student can be nominated by multiple friends.

    * Please note that you can nominate someone without them knowing because the nominator submits the essay & letter of recommendation separately from the nominee’s general scholarship application, but if the nominee doesn’t complete the application or doesn’t meet all the eligibility qualifications, they will not be considered.

    Scholarship Value: $500, non-renewable.

    Quinton J. Sandry VOCATIONAL Scholarship

    The Scholarship is in memory of Quinton J. Sandry, son of James L. and Kathleen M. Sandry. Quinton was a 2012 graduate of Edison Academy who was interested in a vocational career after high school. Quinton enjoyed hands-on training and planned to follow family tradition by becoming a fourth-generation sheet metal worker. Quinton passed away at the age of 27. Quinton was a good soul who had a forgiving, generous heart and touched the lives of many.

    Scholarship Criteria:

    a)The award recipient must be a Senior attending Edison Academy.

    b)The award recipient must be seeking post-secondary education or training toward a vocational career. Need not be a traditional college.

    Essay:

    Applicant must supply a written essay describing why this scholarship is important to them, how they plan to use the scholarship to further their education, and explain their career aspirations and goals.

    Letters of Recommendation:

    Applicant must supply two letters of recommendation to the scholarship committee.

    Scholarship Value: $ 500, non-renewable.