Hazel Reed Baumeister Scholarship Program

How to Apply

1. Starting January 7, 2020, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due February 14, 2020.

2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.

3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll have to provide info on your education, extracurricular activities and financial information.

4. Upload the required application documents, outlined at left.

5. Save, review and finalize your application, then submit!

Frequently Asked Questions

Access our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about using our online application system, scholarship award payments, and more.

Baumeister Scholarship 2020 Timeline

January. 7, 2020
Application opens

February 14, 2020
Applications due

September 30, 2020
Due date for recipients to sign and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification documents. These documents and forms are needed before SVCF can mail scholarship award payments.

Questions

Questions about applying?

Contact 650.450.5487 or
scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org

BaumeisterFor students showing academic excellence, extracurricular activities and a commitment to the community.

Scholarship Amount

Up to $5,000

Number of Scholarships

Up to 15 one-time scholarships
Previous applicants and recipients may reapply

Background

This program was established in 2001 through the Trust of Mrs. Hazel Reed Baumeister, a longtime resident of Burlingame. Mrs. Baumeister attended business school and worked from 1933 to 1939 as confidential executive secretary to United States Senator Pat McCarran of Nevada. The purpose of the scholarship, established in her memory, is to support high school graduates of high academic achievement who would be unable to pursue higher education without financial assistance. The selection committee looks for academic promise, documented perseverance in activities outside the classroom, the quality of the personal statement and personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment and commitment to serving the community.

Eligible students will apply for the joint “Crain and Hazel Reed Baumeister Scholarships” program through our online portal.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Demonstrated community involvement over a period of several years
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrated financial hardship
  • Graduating high school senior or graduate of a public or private high school in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County
  • Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a four-year college or university as a full-time student
  • United States citizen

Required Application Documents

In addition to the Apply SVCF application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered for the Baumeister Scholarship Program.

1. Personal Statement

Submit your personal statement into your Apply SVCF application. Your 500-850 word personal statement should address the following prompts:

  • Describe your short- and long-term goals and how furthering your education will assist you in reaching those goals.
  • Comment on the personal characteristics, educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for college OR your intended career if you are a current college student.  
  • Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will or have help(ed) you succeed in college.
  • Describe why you believe you are a good candidate for the specific scholarship(s) for which you are applying.

2. Financial Need Documentation (PDF)

Evidence of financial need must be submitted to Apply SVCF for all SVCF Managed Scholarships accordingly:

U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents: Upload a copy of your 2020-21 completed FAFSA and Student Aid Report (SAR)

Note: Do not assume you won’t be eligible for federal or state financial aid. Many institutional and private scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA to be considered for these types of awards. If your household’s financial situation drastically changes, you will be able to request an appeal. By appealing a financial aid award, some students are able to secure thousands of dollars in additional grants and student loans.

3. Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF)

Your two letters of recommendation must be signed and dated. You must obtain recommendations from both:

  • A teacher or academic advisor on school letterhead.
  • A volunteer or work supervisor, community leader or personal acquaintance. (Volunteer or work supervisor letters must be on the organization’s letterhead. Personal acquaintance letters cannot come from parents or relatives.)

There are two ways to submit your letters of recommendation. 

  1. Obtain the two letters of recommendation from your recommenders and upload them yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
  2. Have your recommenders submit the letters themselves. First, include the name and email address of your two recommenders in your Apply SVCF application (be sure to ask recommenders before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommenders and request that they submit their letters to us directly. 

Note: Regardless of your submission method, it is your responsibility to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Letters of recommendation which were written for other scholarship or college applications can be used, but must be for the current year.  

4. Unofficial or Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit only PDFs)

Upload PDF versions of your unofficial or official transcripts to Apply SVCF under the appropriate transcript field or Confirmation tab at the end of the application.

Only mail a hard copy if your school will not issue unofficial or official transcripts directly to students. Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to the address below:

Attn: Scholarships
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

Current graduating high school seniors: Submit an unofficial or official high school transcript AND unofficial or official college transcripts, if applicable.

Current college students: Submit unofficial or official college transcript(s) for all college coursework completed AND unofficial or official high school transcript(s).”

Note: Any unofficial transcripts submitted will be reviewed for inconsistencies and an official transcript may be requested by SVCF at any time for confirmation. All submitted transcripts must include: student’s full name, student ID number, name of high school or college, all courses and grades, and cumulative GPA.