Background: This scholarship was created in honor of Carl Deal Jr. Mr. Deal was raised in Bloomington’s Westside Crestmont housing neighborhood. He attended Fairview Elementary, Dyer Jr. High and was a graduate of Bloomington High School North. He felt a strong passion for The Boys & Girls Club and their strong commitment and success in our community, the lives of his family and friends and he appreciated the commitment and impact that BGCB had on his life. Carl was a long-time Boys & Girls Club member and wanted to give back to the young people of this community. Upon his death, his friends, co-workers and family have coordinated an annual fundraiser known as “King’s Blues, BBQ & Funkfest”, in order to raise funds to create a scholarship to be presented annually to a current, or former Boys & Girls Club member, for post-secondary education or training.
Criteria: In order to be eligible, applicants must have attended Bloomington North, Bloomington South, The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, or Bloomington Graduation School. GED recipients are also eligible. Consideration will be given for academic as well as other achievements including extra-curricular activities or skills, and the student’s work record. Current college students are eligible, however applicants not yet attending post secondary school will receive first priority. Applicants must be a past or current member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington (this will be verified) and complete the online application. This application includes a written essay about the influence of the Boys & Girls Club staff and programs in their plans for their future, a description of their future aspirations and how this scholarship would help them achieve those plans. The application also includes two letters of recommendation, one from a school-related faculty member, and one from the community (not a family member).
Strong applicants will:
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale),
- Have demonstrated a good work ethic, outstanding citizenship, and a positive mental attitude in and out of the classroom and have participated in extra-curricular activities.
Committee and Process: The Carl Deal, Jr. Scholarship committee will review the applicants and make a recommendation to the Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.
The scholarship is renewable if the student is in good standing with the educational institution and maintaining a grade point equivalent to a C or better and if funds are available after the following year candidates are screened.
The number and amount of the scholarship(s) varies from year to year, however it is expected that there will be two awards in 2023 of $2,000 each.
Deadline to apply: 3/29/2023 at 11:59pm
Application is NOW CLOSED through the Community Foundation scholarship portal. There is a simple registration to set up a profile for the system before accessing the actual application.