by PB&J Scholarship
The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.
Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to:
- medical issues
- peer issues: bullying, change of school, minority status, etc.
- family issues: divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc.
When in doubt, students are encouraged to apply; this scholarship is meant to be inclusive.
Evaluation & Process
Applicants will be evaluated based on their essay and letters of recommendation; there is no GPA requirement. Please note: letters of recommendation must directly reference the student’s challenges. If the applicant does not wish to share their challenges with their recommender, then the recommendation must reference the student’s personal character.
More than 10 scholarships will be awarded in 2020, based on financing. Winners will be notified in August.
The PB&J Scholarship is distributed by Scholar Sponsor, a non-profit 501c3.
Why is it called the PB&J Scholarship? The Donor Explains
When I attended Farrington High School in Hawai’i, my GPA and test scores were low, but I was determined to go to college. I managed to receive ten different scholarships, which helped me fulfill that dream. To give back to future students, I lived off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for one week of every month during my first year in college and saved enough money to fund a $500 scholarship for another student like me. The PBJS is now in its sixth year, and has come a long way. Thankfully, I no longer need to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to fund the scholarship, but I chose to keep the name to honor its humble origin.
2019 Kyla Hansen, Future Elementary School Teacher from Oakesdale High School in Washington State
2019 Abigail McClintic, Future Dental Hygienist from Dakota Memorial High School in North Dakota
2020 Christian Frahm from Rock Canyon High School in Colorado