Scholarships

IMPORTANT

  • The Foundation Scholarship Committee has divided the 56 scholarships into 6 blocks of scholarships. These include: General, Leadership/Service, Athlete, Business, Education, and Special Subjects.
  • By submitting a complete application, you will automatically be considered for the following 8 General scholarships. A complete application includes the initial essay stating your career choice, why it was chosen, and how you will achieve your goal. It will also include any statements written for the Leadership/Service, Athlete, Business, and Education scholarship blocks, as well as any individual statements for the Special Subjects.
  • A complete application also includes your Chart of Activities, your Letter of Recommendation and your signature that it is not provided by a relative, your Cumulative GPA, and the upload of your transcript. We also need your Honored Educator.

 


 

 

BARNES FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP is a $2,000 scholarship made possible through the generous support of the Barnes Family and the Foundation. It is intended that this scholarship will assist a student in furthering his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or technical institute of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better. 

DAVID STONE / ROTARY CLUB OF BIG BEAR LAKE SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible by a grant from Big Bear Lake Rotarian David Stone, and the Foundation. This scholarship is to assist a student pursuing a vocational education. It will be available after the student has enrolled in his/her freshman year of studies.

DAWNBUSTERS ROTARY / BONNIE ROBERTS SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,500 scholarship made possible through Dawnbusters Rotary and the Foundation, in the memory of Bonnie Roberts. It is intended that this scholarship will assist a student in furthering his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or specialized training of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

DAWNBUSTERS ROTARY / LEONARD HOLGUIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,500 scholarship made possible through Dawnbusters Rotary and the Foundation in memory of Leonard Holguin, Man of Honor. It is intended that this scholarship will assist a student in furthering his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or specialized vocational training course of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 2.5 or better.

DOROTHY AND GEORGE GRAY, SR. SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,500 scholarship made possible through matching funds from the Foundation and a donation from George Gray, Sr., a former employee of the Bear Valley Unified School District, in memory of his wife, Dorothy. This scholarship will assist a Big Bear High School graduate to further his/her education at an accredited college, community college, or technical institute of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

DOVES SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through matching funds from the Foundation and DOVES of Big Bear Valley, Inc. This scholarship is intended to assist a graduate to further their education or training at an accredited college/university, community college, or technical institute of their choice. Preference will be given to applicants interested in a career in the social services field.

FITZGERALD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible by the heir of the Fitzgerald family and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a student who has shown a commitment to hard work and learning and who intends to further his/her education at a community college, technical or vocational school. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.

GARY WANKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through donations from the Wanke family, friends, and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a student who has shown a commitment to learning and demonstrated that he/she is a hard worker. The ideal recipient is a student who intends to further his/her education at a technical or vocational school and has achieved a GPA of 2.0 or better.

MIKE KOMPANIEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for CT is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through the generous gifts of family, friends, and the Foundation in honor of Mike Kompaniez, a beloved and dedicated teacher of 29 years at Chautauqua High School. This scholarship is intended to assist a student who has shown a commitment to learning and who intends to further his/her education at an accredited school or career program, who can demonstrate a clear path for college or career training, and who has earned a GPA of 2.5 or better. Preference will be given to Chautauqua High applicants.

 

Apply For Leadership/Service Scholarships

Many of our donors are looking for applicants with strong leadership skills. If you consider yourself a strong leader committed to service within BBHS and the community, county, state, or nation, briefly describe your strengths in a single paragraph or short essay as an explanation of how you qualify for the following 12 scholarships. Please also note your leadership involvement on the Chart of Activities, which is located in the application after the scholarship descriptions. 

 

Your response on the Leadership/Service statement will be considered an application for all of the following 12 scholarships.

 


 

RUSSELL R. REYNOLDS / STEVEN G. MIHAYLO GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP is a four-year recurring scholarship of $10,500, payable at the rate of $2,625 per year. This scholarship is made possible through funds donated to the Foundation in the memory of Dr. Russell R. Reynolds and from the endowment of Steven G. Mihaylo, a 1961 Big Bear High School alumnus. This scholarship is designed to recognize the hard work of outstanding Big Bear High School graduates who have earned top academic honors, exhibited leadership qualities and outstanding citizenship to further their education at an accredited college, community college, or technical institute of their choice. Graduates planning careers in Engineering or Business Administration should so note on their application. Minimum GPA is top 5% or better.

BEAR VALLEY CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible by the congregants of Bear Valley Church and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to further a graduating senior’s education through a means of higher education or learning of their choice. This candidate must be a model student with significant community participation and exhibit characteristics such as humility, kindness and selflessness.

BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS IN SUPPORT OF ACADEMICS BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS are TWO $1,000 scholarships made possible through the BBHS Parents in Support of Academics (“PSA”) Booster Club and the Foundation. These scholarships are to provide post-secondary education for a student who has taken difficult academic courses and has achieved academic excellence therein. Applicants should have the goal of pursuing a college degree, be of good character, and have participated in community service.

CLASS OF 2003 ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through donations from the Class of 2003 and the Foundation. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has attended Big Bear schools since the sixth grade and who has maintained an excellent academic, citizenship, and leadership record while demonstrating initiative and motivation to further his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

DANIEL T. SAKAI SCHOLARSHIP is a $2,000 scholarship made possible through the donations from Tom and Mikki Sakai, friends, and the Foundation in memory of Danny, a 1991 graduate of Big Bear High School. This scholarship is intended to assist a student with proven leadership skills, good academics, and excellent citizenship in furthering his/her education at an accredited college, community college, or career-training program of his/her choice. Students with a demonstrated love of the outdoors or a long-standing commitment to a local service organization are especially encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

KIWANIS CLUB OF BIG BEAR VALLEY SCHOLARSHIPS are TWO $2,500 scholarships, made possible through the Kiwanis Club and the Foundation. It is intended that each of the two general scholarships will assist a student to further his/her education or training at an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to students with significant community service. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.

KIWANIS / PEGGY HERTZMANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $2,000 scholarship which is made possible through the Kiwanis Club, the Hertzmann Family, and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a student in furthering his/her education at an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has participated in community service activities and shows an interest in continuing to serve the community. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.

LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT/TIM WOOD SCHOLARSHIPS are TWO recurring scholarships of $10,000, each payable at the rate of $2,500 each year. These scholarships are made possible through the Lighthouse Project, Tim Wood, and the Foundation. It is expected that these scholarships will assist graduates to further their education or training in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of their choice. Preference will be given to applicants who have participated in Lighthouse Projects (Lighthouse Strings, Odyssey of the Mind, STEM, or Community Gardens). Minimum GPA is 3.5 or better.

MARIE WANKE / SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BIG BEAR VALLEY/ SUTHERLAND / WILLIAMS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP is a $4,000 scholarship made possible through Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley, friends of Marie Wanke, Sutherland / Williams Family and the Foundation. This recurring scholarship is paid at the rate of $1,000 per year for four years. It is expected that this scholarship will assist the graduate with a good citizenship record, leadership qualities, and who has exhibited a persistent motivation to succeed to further his/her education and training in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Since Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women, preference will be given to a girl who has participated in substantial community service. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

OKSNEE, PEAVY, WANER FAMILIES SCHOLARSHIP is a $3,000 scholarship made possible through donations from the Oksnee family, Ron and Elena Peavy, the Waner Family, and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a student with strong leadership qualities, an excellent citizenship record, and strong academics in furthering his/her education at an accredited college, community college, or career-training program of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.4 or better.

 


 

 

Apply For Athletic Scholarships

If you are an athlete who meets the qualifications for Athletic scholarships, briefly describe how you qualify for the following 6 scholarships. Please note your specific athletic involvement and honors on your Chart of Activities.

 


 

 

ANDREW NETTLEBECK MEMORIAL CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,500 scholarship made possible by donations from Andrew’s family, friends and students, and the Foundation. Candidates for this scholarship are graduating seniors planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning. Additionally, they have participated in either cross country and/or track & field for a combined minimum of 3 years, demonstrated commitment to the team by supporting their teammates, mentoring underclassmen, and exhibiting the characteristics of a leader. Preference will be given to applicants that are pursuing a 2 year or 4 year college degree in one of the following: athletics, coaching, teaching, and public service (fire fighting, police, forestry, etc…).

BIG BEAR VALLEY SPORTSMAN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,500 scholarship made possible through the Big Bear Valley Sportsman Club and the Foundation. These scholarships are available for attendance at a college, junior college, or vocational school. Preference will be given to a graduate who enjoys outdoor activities, especially camping, hunting, fishing, archery, or shooting. Minimum GPA is 2.0.

BOB SOKOLOWSKI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPA $1,000 scholarship made possible through the generous support of Bob’s friends, family, co-workers, and the Foundation. Bob was a 38-year employee of Snow Summit/Bear Mountain, and a youth baseball and football coach for 14 years. This scholarship is intended to motivate a student who shows potential, to further their education at an accredited community college, college, or technical institute. Preference will be given to applicants who participated in sports from youth league through high school, and who plan on pursuing careers in the fields of engineering, math, or science. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.

GEORGENE O. BONETTO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship, made possible through the family and the Foundation. This scholarship is designed for an athlete with a 3.00 or better GPA who plans to attend a four-year school. The recipient must have shown a strong work ethic and a sense of community service. 

JENNIFER KUN SCHOLARSHIP is a $2,500 scholarship made possible by a donation honoring Jennifer Kun’s bright influence in the community of Big Bear. This scholarship is intended to assist a graduating senior who has shown a commitment to community service. In addition, Jennifer is a former World Cup Mountain Bike Champion, so if the applicant has participated in mountain bike competition, please include it on your CHART OF ACTIVITIES.

KYLE HAGMANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $6,000 scholarship, payable at the rate of $1,500 per year. This scholarship is made possible through donations from Tony and Elise Hagmann, friends, and the Foundation in memory of Kyle Hagmann, a 1996 graduate of Big Bear High School. It is intended that this scholarship will assist the student who qualifies with high academics and involvement in athletics, who has participated in sports all four years of high school, and shown a strong balance between academics and athletics to further his/her education or training at an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.5 or better.

PERKINS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP is a recurring $7,000 scholarship, payable at the rate of $1,750 per year. This scholarship is made possible through the Robert Perkins Family and the Foundation. It is intended that this scholarship will assist the student in furthering his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or technical institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants who have spent considerable time on the athletic field or gym in interscholastic athletics. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

 


 

 

Apply For Business Scholarships

If you are interested in the field of Business, in a brief statement, please describe how you qualify for the following 6 scholarships.

 


 

ALDERWOOD GROUP SCHOLARSHIP is a $4,000 scholarship, payable at the rate of $1,000 per year and made possible through the Alderwood Group, Lagonita Lodge, and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a graduate to further his/her education or training at an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants who are majoring in culinary arts or resort management. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

BIG BEAR ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through the Big Bear Association of Realtors. It is intended that this scholarship will assist the student in furthering his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or technical institute of his/her choice. This scholarship is intended for students of strong character, who are academically well-rounded and have been involved in community service in the Big Bear Valley. Preference will be given to applicants interested in a career in Real Estate or Business. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

FIRST MOUNTAIN BANK/CHAD PERRY MEMORIAL/SILVER PINES ESCROW/THOMPSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP is a $2,000 scholarship made possible through Mr. and Mrs. Rod Perry, in memory of Chad Perry, a 1997 graduate of Big Bear High School, First Mountain Bank, the Thompson Family, Silver Pines Escrow, and the Foundation. This scholarship is to be awarded to a successful applicant who demonstrates initiative and motivation to further his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants interested in careers in business or industrial arts. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

MARGE HAFEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $4,000 scholarship, payable at the rate of $1,000 per year, made possible through the Hafen Family in memory of Marge Hafen and the Foundation. It is expected that this scholarship will assist the graduate to further his/her education or training in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to pursue a career in business administration. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

UNION BANK SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through the Big Bear Branch of Union Bank and the Foundation. It is intended that this scholarship will assist a student in furthering his/her education in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants interested in careers in marketing or business. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

US BANK SCHOLARSHIP is a $4,000 scholarship, payable at the rate of $1,000 per year, made possible through the Big Bear Branch of US Bank and the Foundation. It is expected that this scholarship will assist a student with excellent citizenship and community service to pursue a career in business, accounting, or marketing at an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better.

 


 

Apply For Education Scholarships

If you are interested in the field of Education, please describe how you qualify for the following 3 scholarships.

 


 

JANE S. PEARSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP a $1,000 scholarship made possible by daughters Nancy T. Johnson and Cindy P. Gates, friends, and the Foundation to recognize Jane’s dedicated and long teaching career. This scholarship is intended to assist a student in furthering his or her education at an accredited college, junior college, or training institute of his or her choice. Preference will be given to students interested in teaching and/or working with children. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.

MRS. STALCUP SCHOLARSHIP a $2,500 scholarship made possible through Bear Valley Community Nursery School, Co-op in the Pines, a parent-participation preschool which was established in 1963 and operated for 52 years in the valley. This scholarship is intended to assist a student in furthering his or her education at an accredited college, junior college, or training institute of his or her choice. Preference will be given to students who attended Bear Valley Community Nursery School, Co-op in the Pines and students interested in teaching and/or working with children, especially in the field of early-childhood education. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.

THOMAS C. SANCHEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is a $2,000 scholarship made possible by the Thomas C. Sanchez family, friends, and the Foundation. Students of strong character, who are academically well-rounded, have been involved in areas such as music and/or athletics, show leadership skills, and have interest in going into the areas of math or science education are invited to apply. Thomas C. Sanchez was a long-time teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and a significant community leader in Bear Valley.

 


 

Apply for Special Subject Scholarships

The following 18 scholarships are Special Subject scholarships that require separate statements for each. Please write your response under each of the items. You can apply for just one, or all 18. Your response can be from 1 to 3 sentences for each specific scholarship. Please check the box before each scholarship for which you decide to apply. If nothing is checked, it will indicate that you are not interested in applying for any of the 18 Special Subject scholarships. Your statement for each scholarship should immediately follow each scholarship description and should speak on why you qualify for that specific scholarship.

 

Do you plan to start at a community or junior college and then transfer to a 4-year college for your last two years? 15 of the next 18 scholarships were DESIGNED FOR YOU!

BBV Marine Corps League Det. 1038 / Veterans of Foreign Wars of Big Bear Valley Scholarship:
A $2,000 scholarship made possible through the Big Bear Valley Marine Corps League, Detachment 1038, Bear Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Foundation. It is expected that this scholarship will assist a student who has displayed leadership in school and community activities, compassion, and interest in others to further his/her education or training in an accredited college, community college, or training institution of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better. Preference will be given to children or grandchildren who can verify relationship with military campaign service (form DD-214). This scholarship does not obligate the recipient to future military service.


Big Bear Valley Renaissance Society Scholarship:
A $2.000 scholarship made possible through the Big Bear Valley Renaissance Society, Inc. and the Foundation. This scholarship may be used at an accredited college, community college, or specialized institute of the student’s choice. Preference will be given to a student with experience and interest in Drama, English History or Literature, or related activities. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.


Big Bear Valley Renaissance Society for Chautauqua Scholarship:
A $1,000 scholarship made possible through the Big Bear Valley Renaissance Society, Inc. and the Foundation. This scholarship is available for a graduate of Chautauqua High School who has experience and interest in Drama, English History or Literature, or related activities. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.


Cowboy Gathering/Robert A. Harris Memorial Scholarship:
A $1,000 scholarship made possible through the Cowboy Gathering associated with the Old Miner’s Association and the Foundation. This scholarship is available to be used at an accredited college, community college, or technical or vocational program of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a special interest in western history or cowboy interests. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.


Dick Kun Memorial/Snow Summit Ski Corp Scholarship:
A recurring $6,000 scholarship, payable at $1,500 per year. This scholarship, created by former CEO, Richard C. Kun, is made possible through Snow Summit and the Foundation. It is expected that this scholarship will assist the graduate to further his/her education and/or training in fields related to ski industry careers, such as development, management, maintenance, instruction, concessions, etc. Preference will be made to applicants with ski-related experiences, especially alpine skiing competition, plans leading to ski resort or related careers, and/or offspring of Snow Summit employees. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.


Dr. Bob Leiske Memorial Scholarship:
A $1,000 scholarship made possible through the Leiske family, friends and the Foundation in memory of “Doc Leiske,” (a legendary local doctor committed to the community and the high school sports teams). This scholarship is intended to assist a graduate to further his/her education at an accredited college, junior college or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to students who have shown a commitment to hard work and learning, a strong balance between sports and academics, a good citizenship record, and interest in pursuing a career in medicine, veterinary science, health science or education. Preference will also be given to a student who has overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. Minimum GPA of 2.5 or better.


Hahn Family Scholarship:
A $2,000 scholarship, is made possible through the Hahn Family and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a student who has achieved, despite obstacles such as learning disabilities, English Language Learner, or other challenges, and who intends to further his/her education at a community college, technical or vocational school, or accredited college of their choice. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.


John Lawrence Memorial Scholarship:
A $1,000 scholarship made possible through the Lawrence Family, Friends, and the Foundation in memory of John Lawrence, a firefighter and private pilot. It is expected that this scholarship will assist the graduate to further his/her education or training in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to pursue a career in aviation or the fire service. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.


Ken Wood Scholarships:
FOUR $2,000 scholarships payable at the rate of $1,000 per year for two years. These scholarships are made possible through Ken Wood and the Foundation for students who intend to pursue a vocational degree from a community college. Preference will be given to students who are headed into a career in practical or manual arts, building trades, electrical engineering, architecture, etc. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.


Parks Family Scholarship:
A $1,000 scholarship made possible through a donation from Doug, Michelle, and Jennifer Parks and the Foundation. It is intended to help assist a Native American to attend college, community college, or specialized training program of his/her choice. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.


Riffenburgh Lumber/Tilden-Coil Construction Scholarship:
A $2,000 scholarship made possible through donations from Riffenburgh Lumber, Tilden-Coil Construction Company, and the Foundation. This scholarship is intended to assist a student to further his/her education or training in an accredited college, community college, or technical institute of his/her choice. Preference will be given to applicants interested in the field of construction / building management, engineering careers, physical sciences, or architecture. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.


Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake Scholarships:
TWO scholarships in the amount of $1,750 each, made possible through the Big Bear Lake Rotary Club and the Foundation. These scholarships are intended to assist students in furthering their education in an accredited college, community college, or training institute of their choice. Preference will be given to students with distinguished service in Interact. This award is made at the beginning of the sophomore, or second year, of an accredited program. Minimum GPA is 3.0 or better.


Spencer/Evans/Burnett Family Scholarship:
A $1,000 scholarship made possible through donations from the Family and the Foundation. It is expected that this scholarship will assist a graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better with long-term attendance in BVUSD.


Warren Family Scholarship:
A recurring scholarship of $1,000 for 4 years. The recipient of this scholarship can be bound for a 4-year college, a 2-year college with the intent to transfer to complete their degree in the remaining two years, or a vocational school.This scholarship honors the memory of Kyle Warren. Kyle was a hard-working, talented skier who was driven for excellence and headed for the 1988 Olympics, when he was tragically killed at the age of 17 by a drunk driver. Kyle had made the mistake of getting into a car with a friend who had been drinking. The possibility of greatness still lives within the youth of this community; and the family’s hope for this scholarship is to help nurture dreams of greatness in outstanding graduates of Big Bear High School. The recipient shall be a hard worker of exceptional character with a drive for excellence. Preference will be given to an athlete, especially a skier or football player and/or an artist. In your application, we would like to hear of a time when you were tempted to do something unwise, and instead made a wise decision. Alternatively, you could choose to write about a time you recognized that you were on a wrong path and what you did to modify your path so as to lead to a more successful future.


Theresa Courtney-Spiegel Memorial Scholarship:
is a $1,000 scholarship made possible through her family and the Foundation. Theresa was a lifelong Big Ber Valley resident and graduate of Big Bear High School, Class of 1977. This scholarship may be used at an accredited college, community college, or specialized institute of the student’s choice. Preference will be given to a students who have attended BVUSD from K to 12, and who plan on pursuing careers in the medical field, especially nursing. Minimum GPA is 2.0 or better.

What past scholarship recipients say

Scholarships distributed in 2023

41
Scholarships Given
$139,000
Distributed