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Showker Scholars Program

The Showker Scholars Program is a comprehensive initiative for first-generation incoming students who have the character and interest to develop themselves as effective and ethical leaders through the Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership. A student’s evolution into a leader will take many forms in this program. The opportunities provided are linked by a common theme: ethical leadership. BC seeks to create leaders who will graduate and go out into the world to make it a better place, taking what they’ve learned as undergraduates and implementing it as alumni.

The $1,000 Showker Scholars Scholarship will be awarded to five (5) first-time students who are the first generation in their family to complete a college degree.  The students will have demonstrated leadership initiative, academic excellence and participation in extra-curricular activities during high school. The $1,000 scholarship is renewable up to four years if all Showker Scholar requirements are met, including maintaining a cumulative year-end GPA equal to or greater than 2.0. All Showker Scholars will complete a minor in Leadership.

Deadline to apply is February 17, 2022.

During the four-year Showker Scholars program, students will:

  • Complete the minor in Leadership
  • Learn leadership theory and vocabulary.
  • Learn leadership ethics and how leadership works in organizations and groups.
  • Participate in a capstone course in which they complete and present a leadership project.
  • Choose two leadership experiences to complete each year from a vast list of opportunities that fit interests and schedules.
  • Attend a regional or national student leadership conference.
  • Experience career development activities, such as mentorship from leaders in various professions, networking with fellow scholars, social events, and counseling/guidance to obtain internships and jobs.
  • Attend special forums and engage in deep discussions with leadership experts
  • Compete for the $5,000 Showker Prize with a team of BC students
  • Have an opportunity to apply for the $350 Showker Award for Internship Excellence

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Admitted to the College
  2. Be the first generation in your family to complete a college degree
  3. 2.7 minimum cumulative high school GPA
  4. On-campus residency will be required for the full amount of the scholarship 
  5. A Letter of Recommendation discussing your leadership experience and potential sent to Jesse Bartley, Admissions Counselor, at jbartley2@bridgewater.edu by the scholarship deadline of February 17, 2022
  6. Apply by February 17, 2022
  7. President’s Merit Scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive the scholarship

Scholarship Timeline

  1. Application closes February 17, 2022 at 5:00pm
  2. Applications will be reviewed and top candidates will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview by March 4
  3. In-person interviews on Bridgewater’s campus March 21-24
  4. 5 winners will be announced on March 25

Showker Scholars Program Application