We provide College Scholarship for highly motivated low-income, first generation, or underserved students attending a 4-year university or college, community college or trade school.

Currently, we provide 90+ ongoing college scholarships through our work with uAspire.  We only offer scholarships to students from Impact Academy High School (Hayward) and Burlingame High School.

  • READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS IN DETAIL BEFORE PROCEEDING TO FILL OUT ANY FORM.
  • KEEP A COPY OF THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR REFERENCE.
  • If you have any questions or issues with the application feel free to email us at director@bellacf.org or call/text Elena Castanon at (415) 362 0440.

Scholarship General Information

The Bella Scholarship is a renewable academic scholarship to support attendance at either a community college, a four-year college or university, or an accredited vocational school. The scholarship is meant to cover tuition, mandatory student fees, books, room & board and other college related expenses.

The award amount (scholarship amount) will be determined based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and loan burden. Our scholarship awards are intended to cover school costs after: Federal Government grants (e.g., Pell Grant) and/or State of California grants (e.g., Cal Grant, California Promise Grant) and institutional financial aid. The average scholarship award is $2,500 for 4-year institution or college and $1,500 if you attend a Community College.

 

Priority will be given to students who plan on attending one of the following: University of California, California State University or any California Community College.

It is our wish to be a partner in your education and to make sure that we do everything in our power to see that you achieve your academic goals. The Bella C. Foundation is dedicated to the students it supports. For this reason, there are 2 mandatory events you will need to attend:

  • Meeting at Impact Academy to review the conditions of your scholarship, to sign the scholarship contract and to receive your Award Certificate.

  • Attend the Bella Scholar Award Luncheon and Workshop, tentatively scheduled for August 3, 2019. Topics include: Transitioning to College, Academic Success/Study Strategies, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Reducing Stress, and Social-Emotional Resilience. The workshop and luncheon is free of charge to Bella Scholars.

We also require that Bella Scholars check-in with us on a regular basis during the first year. This will mean a one on one phone call to check to see how things are going half way through each semester and at the end of each semester or quarter. Unofficial transcripts are required after each semester or term during the first year.

Student Expectations

Bella Scholars must be enrolled full time at an accredited university, college or vocational school by the fall semester after high school graduation.

  • If your institution is on a Semester System you must earn 12 to 15 credit units per semester; or 30 units annually. For example, if you only earn 24 credits after 2 semesters, you will have to take a summer term to make up the difference.

  • If your institution is on a Quarter System you must earn 15 credit units per each quarter (3 quarters) and earn at least 45 units annually.

If, for any reason, you defer school attendance for a semester, or drop out before completing the semester, you must notify the Bella Charitable Foundation immediately. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your scholarship. We encourage all students to deal with problems as they arise. We are available to answer questions, discuss options for solving issues or just to listen. No Bella Scholar that has maintained communication with BCF has lost their scholarship.

Academic Standing

Bella Scholars are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher. If your GPA falls below this minimum, you may lose your scholarship until your GPA meets the minimum 2.0. It is our opinion that meeting with your school counselor twice yearly, in order to review your academic goals is very important to student success. Learning campus resources and using those resources is also vital to academic success.

If a drop in GPA is due to hardship, e.g., poor health or extenuating circumstances, we will review individual circumstances to determine future scholarship eligibility.

Extension Request

We understand that extenuating circumstances or hardships sometimes arise and may require extending the scholarship beyond 4 years. Bella Scholars who have received awards all four years and are in good academic standing, but are not ready to graduate, can apply for an extension.

Contact Information

Any changes to your contact information must be provided as soon as possible to the BCF at anita@bellacf.org. This includes: phone number, address, or intention to transfer schools. Failure to update your contact information may result in late payments to your college or university. Your student I.D. number provided by  your college is required in order for scholarship checks to be mailed.

If you have any questions or issues with the application feel free to email us at director@bellacf.org or call/text Elena Castanon at (415) 362 0440.

ELIGIBILITY QUICK FACTS

Students MUST:

Attend Impact Academy High School (Hayward, CA) and apply in their senior year.  Submission deadline is April 15, 2019.

Plan on attending either a 4-year college/university, a community college, or an accredited trade school full time beginning on or before the Fall of 2019. Priority will be given to students who plan on attending one of the following: University of California, California State University or any California Community College.

 

Have a GPA (Unweighted) equal or higher than 2.5

 

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

Attend the following events:  NO EXCEPTION

  • General Meeting at Impact Academy in order to review the conditions of your scholarship, to sign the scholarship contract and to receive your Award Certificate.

  • Attend the Bella Scholar Award Luncheon and Workshop, tentatively scheduled for August 3, 2019. Topics include: Transitioning to College, Academic Success/Study Strategies, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Reducing Stress, and Social-Emotional Resilience. The workshop and luncheon is free of charge to Bella Scholars.

Bella Scholarship Application

 
​The application consists of 4 parts: 

Student Information Form  CLICK the following link and fill in the online form http://bit.ly/ImpactApplic2019

Essays (4 short essays) CLICK on the link and download the Essay form to your computer so you can edit and write the essays http://bit.ly/Impact4Essays. The completed essays must be emailed  to anita@bellacf.org  along with the supporting documents (see below #3)

 

Supporting Documents: must be emailed to: anita@bellacf.org

  • The most recent school transcript must be provided

  • FAFSA Student Aid Report or CA Dream Act Student Aid Report must be provided when it becomes available

  • A Letter of Recommendation is required from a teacher, administrator, mentor or counselor. The letter should be addressed to Anita Galeana, and emailed to: anita@bellacf.org. (Please write “Recommendation Letter” in the subject line.)

If you cannot complete the application online then you can send hard copies by regular mail to: (must be postmarked by April 15th)

Anita Galeana - Bella Charitable Foundation
PO 616, Burlingame, CA-94011-0616

 

RENEWAL: You must renew your scholarship each academic year starting in the summer of 2020. Renewal forms will be available on our website: www.bellacf.org  

We prefer and encourage online submission of applications.

Yet, if you CANNOT fill the Application online and you absolutely need to do the process offline, please download the "Full Printable Version" on the right in this window.

Print the documents, fill them in and send the hard copy of all materials -including supporting documents to:

Bella Charitable Foundation

PO Box 616 

Burlingame, CA-94011-0616

P.O. Box 616 | Burlingame, CA 94011-0616  |  anita@bellacf.org

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