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Foundation Scholarships

Foundation Scholarship Application Process

Each year, more than 100 students receive financial assistance through scholarships administered by the Foundation. Each student has two things in common:
  • they are committed to achieving personal and professional success through education and training at Blackhawk Technical College, and
  • they completed and submitted a Scholarship Application.

Every student is encouraged to complete the Scholarship Application. Applications for fall semester are due on April 15 and awarded shortly thereafter. Applications for spring semester are due on October 15 and awarded shortly thereafter. Singular scholarship awards may be made during other times of the year at the discretion of the Foundation staff.

Some scholarships await applicants from particular fields of study or geographic areas. Others are intended to help people overcome personal or financial hardship. Whatever the circumstances, every student is encouraged to complete the Blackhawk Technical College Foundation Scholarship Application and Scholarship Recommendation forms.

 Scholarship Application      Scholarship Recommendation

The BTC Foundation committee reviews all applications and scores them based on six criteria:
  1. Unmet Financial Need: Applicant income and occupational status. (A completed FAFSA application must be on file in the Financial Aid Office at Blackhawk Technical College.)
  2. Family circumstance: Applicant support of a spouse, dependents, family members under medical care, etc.
  3. Grades: Minimum of 2.5 G.P.A. in prior educational settings.
  4. Neatness and completeness: Application is legible, and all questions are answered with necessary detail.
  5. Future potential: Application essay outlines realistic, obtainable student goals and plans.
  6. Two letters of recommendation: From non-relatives, supporting candidate’s character and commitment to education.

The BTC Foundation administers a wide variety of scholarship programs. By completing the application, you are eligible for any/all that are relevant to you. The actual number of students selected each year is based on the amount of funds available at the time of selection. 

Applications, along with letters of recommendation, may be submitted electronically, sent via postal mail, or hand-delivered.

Note: While some scholarships are awarded throughout the year (especially for part‐time awards in programs that are not eligible for federal financial aid such as Nursing Assistant, GED/HSED, etc.), the majority of BTC Foundation scholarships are awarded in May or October. Applications are due on April 15 (summer or fall term) or October 15 (spring term). Those submitted after that date will be included with the others for consideration, but are generally less likely to be approved due to the limited number of scholarships available after the school year term has started.

Scholarship Forms

All scholarship applications must be turned in by the end of the business day on the due date. 

Applications may be submitted electronically or may be sent via postal mail to:

Blackhawk Technical College Foundation, Inc.
6004 S County Road G
PO Box 5009

Janesville, WI 53547-5009

or hand-delivered to District Administration Office, located on Central Campus, at 6004 S County Road G, Janesville, WI.

Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to the BTC Foundation or submitted in a signed, sealed enveloped accompanying your scholarship application.

The Spring 2020 deadline for the BTC Foundation Scholarship Application has been extended to May 1, 2020.

Due Dates: April 15 and October 15

 Scholarship Application

 Scholarship Recommendation

The IDEAL Opportunity Scholarship is an intentional effort to increase access to education and transform the lives of persons of color who are low income and may be first-generation college students entering the following programs: Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Electromechanical Technology, Automation Systems Technology, Nuclear Technology, or Criminal Justice.

Recipients will receive the following:
  • Support from a faculty mentor,
  • On-the-job paid work internship opportunity related to their field of study,
  • Scholarship for tuition, fees, and required materials, and
  • A stipend to support living expenses.

Potential scholarship applicants will need to be referred for the IDEAL Opportunity Scholarship through a community-based organization.

Make a Referral

Scholarships are available to high school seniors who plan to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Blackhawk Technical College after graduation. Students are awarded $1,000, with $500 being dispersed during their first semester and $500 during their second semester. High school seniors from all districts are eligible to apply. For more information, contact the Blackhawk Foundation at (608) 757-7704.

Due Date: March 1

 Culinary Scholarship Application

The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program helps students across the country who are interested in careers in the skilled trades, public safety, or supply chain realize their educational goals. Outstanding students who are selected as scholarship recipients are recognized with a $2,000 scholarship award for tuition, fees, books, and equipment. Scholarship recipients receive tools after graduation.

Due Date: March 13, 2020

 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship

Financial assistance is available to nursing students who qualify through the Nancy B. Parker Scholars program. The Parker Scholars program targets high-achieving students in the BTC nursing program. First-year students can be eligible for a $1,000 maximum award with an opportunity for additional $1,500 in year two. For more information, contact the Blackhawk Foundation at (608) 757-7704.

Due Dates: April 15 and October 15

download Nancy B. Parker Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a woman who is a single mother, residing in Rock County, who is pursuing completion of a degree at Blackhawk Technical College or the University of Wisconsin Whitewater at Rock County that will empower her to attain employment that provides a family-sustaining income. The applicant must have earned at least 12 college credits and must be able to maintain a GPA of at least 2.75. She must be currently enrolled and be able to complete at least 6 college credits each semester. The value of the scholarship is $2,500 for one year, $1,250 per semester.

Due Date: May 1

 Women with a Vision Scholarship

Scholarships are available to high school seniors from Rock and Green Counties (and surrounding communities) who plan to enroll in the Agriculture/Science and Technology program at Blackhawk Technical College after high school graduation. Students selected are awarded $1,000 tuition scholarship award with $500 being dispersed during their first semester and $500 dispersed during their second semester. While high school seniors from any district are eligible to apply, preference will be given to those from Rock and Green Counties. For more information, contact the Blackhawk Technical College Foundation at (608) 757-7704.

Due Date:  March 30

 Agriculture Scholarship Application


Contact Information

Blackhawk Technical College Foundation, Inc.
6004 S County Road G
Janesville, WI 53546

Lisa Hurda
Foundation Director
(608) 757-7704
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