Your Community Cares

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is one of the region's largest providers of scholarship support. Our generous donors have established more than 70 individual scholarships that together awarded more than $700,000 last year.

Most Berkshire Taconic scholarships have a March 15 deadline and accept our common application. Students are matched automatically with all scholarships for which they qualify. Scholarships that require a separate application are listed below.

Before You Apply

Here are four steps to take prior to starting your application:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to obtain your Student Aid Report (SAR). Save the first page of this report as a PDF.
  2. In no more than 650 words, write an essay that shares an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself and others.
  3. Obtain the name and email of your guidance counselor or college registrar.
  4. Collect the names and email addresses of two people who will write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Our common application opens January 1 and is due March 15.

“This scholarship helped me move toward my career goal.”

- Crystal Wojcik, recipient of the Emma Miller Scholarship

Scholarship Timeline

  • January 1: Our common application opens
  • March 15: Most scholarship applications are due and will be reviewed by an advisory committee.
  • By June 30: You will be notified by email if you have received a scholarship. Decisions are generally made within eight to 12 weeks of the application deadline.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be directed to upload your fall semester bill. We will send payment directly to your college or university within two weeks of receiving your bill.

These scholarships require a separate application

How to Accept Your Scholarship Award

Congratulations on your scholarship award! The first part of a two-part form must be completed by July 15 to accept your scholarship.

First, gather the following items:

  • The name of the college or university you are attending
  • Your major
  • A thank you letter addressed to the scholarship fund
  • A high-resolution photo of yourself

Then follow these steps to complete this form by July 15:

  1. Log into our online scholarship portal
  2. Review your awarded scholarship(s) within your Applicant Dashboard. An awarded scholarship will have a Follow Up Form associated with it.
  3. Within the Follow Up Forms box, click Edit under the column labeled Edit/View. Clicking Edit will take you to the Follow Up Form.
  4. Complete all required fields within this form. Once you are ready to submit and accept your award, click Submit Follow Up. To stop and continue your Follow Up Form at a later time, click Save Follow Up.

Need Help?

For technical assistance, email Grants Associate Caitlin Healy.

The second part of a two-part form must be completed by August 15 to accept your scholarship.

First, gather the following items:

  • The student ID assigned to you by your college or university
  • A copy of your tuition bill
  • Costs related to tuition, room and board, and other costs
  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, which is found on your Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Additional assistance, financial aid and scholarships

Then follow these steps to complete this form by August 15:

  1. Log into our online scholarship portal
  2. Review your awarded scholarship(s) within your Applicant Dashboard. An awarded scholarship will have a Follow Up Form associated with it.
  3. Within the Follow Up Forms box, click Edit under the column labeled Edit/View. Clicking Edit will take you to the Follow Up Form.
  4. Complete all required fields within this form. Once you are ready to submit and accept your award, click Submit Follow Up. To stop and continue your Follow Up Form at a later time, click Save Follow Up.

Need Help?

For technical assistance, email Grants Associate Caitlin Healy.