FAQs

Recipient Funds Request Form

When is the 2021 scholarship application deadline?

All application materials must be postmarked by Monday, Monday, March 1, 2021. OR placed in the Student Services Office drop box by the end of the school day on Monday, March 1, 2021.  The application must include:

  • BCSC scholarship application
  • All references (these may be submitted by the references directly to the high school)
  • FAFSA Financial Form (necessary for need-based scholarships)
  • Transcripts, if required

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications postmarked after March 1, 2021 will not be accepted.

Where can I get a BCSC Scholarship Application?

 All forms are available online (beginning in early January) at the BCSC web site barabooscholarships.com.

How can I be considered for scholarships with a "financial need" requirement?

Students applying for scholarships that are awarded based upon financial need must submit a copy of the standard FAFSA Form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) available for download at:  www.fafsa.ed.gov.  All financial information remains strictly confidential. Please review the BCSC Scholarship Book carefully to learn which scholarships consider financial need as an award factor.

IMPORTANT ADVICE:  Please do not wait until the last minute to complete the FAFSA form.  You and your parents will need separate PIN codes to print the application. Plan ahead. Applications submitted without valid FAFSA forms are not considered for any BCSC scholarship requiring financial need.

Are references really important?

Yes.  Please follow the requirements carefully. All applicants must submit one academic and one non-academic reference.  If you are a BHS graduate, then at least one reference must be from a current source (someone who knows you in your present position). You can let your references know that the BCSC form is available online at our web site (www.barabooscholarships.com).  As a courtesy to your references, BCSC suggests that you provide each reference with an addressed, stamped, standard business envelope, and a completed  Letter of Recommendation Request Form .  This form gives them a brief summary of your educational goals and achievements.  Please remind your references by word or telephone a few days before the application deadline.

Please provide BCSC with accurate reference contact information (current e-mail addresses if possible). We try to follow-up on missing references. This is very important —  a missing reference could mean denial of scholarship consideration!

Finally, just a word of advice...your references will be much more valuable if they are submitted independent of your application, OR if you have the writer give you the form in a sealed envelope with their signature over the flap (so we can verify that things weren't altered).    We do accept references attached to your application, but know that we view references that are submitted separately or in a sealed envelope as more informative and useful.

Can a retired teacher write a reference for me?

Yes. If the person taught you, a recommendation from a retired educator is acceptable. The important distinction for an academic reference is that the person writing it MUST have been one of your teachers at some point in your life.

A reference from a teacher who has never taught you is considered a personal/non-academic reference.

How do I know what scholarships are available from BCSC?

The BCSC Scholarship Book contains descriptions of all scholarships currently administered by the Baraboo Community Scholarship Corporation.  You can find this document on our web site.  Click on  BCSC Scholarship BookCopies of our source book can also be found in the Baraboo High School Student Services Office.

How do I decide what scholarships to apply for?

You do not apply for individual BCSC scholarships. By completing a single BCSC application, you can be considered for all BCSC scholarships. Our Selection Committee filters your application responses and identifies all scholarships that match your qualifications.  To increase your chance of receiving a specific scholarship, make sure your application highlights the attributes you think are applicable.

Do I need to have a major in mind to apply for scholarships?

You do not need to have a specific major in mind, but declaring areas of interest will help our Selection Committee match you to potential scholarships.  Many of our scholarships require a specific major or area of interest. Applicants with undecided majors who haven't declared any areas of interest don't fall into the sorts for many of these scholarships.  You will increase your chances of getting a scholarship if you give BCSC an idea of what interests you.

When will I find out if I received a BCSC scholarship?

All scholarships awarded by BCSC are announced at the Baraboo High School Honors Night.

How do I receive my scholarship funds?

To claim your funds, send proof of registration along with your completed Recipient Request Form for Payment of Scholarship to BCSC, P.O. Box 380, Baraboo, WI  53913.  This form will be given to you on Honors Night. If you need another copy of the payment request form, click on the Funds Request Form link above.

Scholarship payments begin after July 1 each year.  If your scholarship is paid in two installments, a second request including proof of registration should be mailed to BCSC after your second semester enrollment information is available.

I want to establish a scholarship.  How do I do this?

The BCSC welcomes new scholarships.  We can help you set up, administer, and maintain your scholarship.  To learn more, click on the Scholarship Creation link in the left-hand column of this page.


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions.

Postal address
P.O. Box 380, Baraboo, WI 53913
E-mail address
barabooscholarships@gmail.com