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Bloomingdale Homeowners Association Scholarship




Bloomingdale Community Scholarship Fund
honoring B.J. Stelter


Sponsored by the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association




Purpose: This scholarship is to reward and encourage high school seniors who are residents of the Bloomingdale community to pursue a college career and to honor the exemplary efforts and outstanding dedication of B.J. Stelter, Bloomingdale Senior High School’s (BSHS) Principal from 1991 thru 2005.


Awards:  One award is given to a pending graduate of the current school year. It is non-renewable.


Eligibility Requirements:


v  Candidate’s parent/guardian must be a resident of Bloomingdale, as defined on the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association website:


v   Proof of residency requirement is required before scholarship disbursement.


v  Candidate’s parent/guardian must be a member of the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association in good standing. Membership must be current when the submission of an application occurs.


v  Candidate must be a graduating high school senior from the Bloomingdale Community.


v  Candidate must have, according to the latest available Progress Report, at least a weighted 3.2 grade point average. Proof of grade point average will be required before disbursement.


v  Candidate must be accepted at a 2- or 4-year accredited college or university.  Students may apply for a scholarship prior to acceptance, but proof of acceptance will be required before scholarship disbursement.


v  The award will be made without regard to financial need.


v  Children or grandchildren of current Bloomingdale Homeowners Association Directors are not eligible.






Selection Criteria: Recipients will be chosen on the basis of the following selection criteria, listed from most important to least important:


v  Community Service

v  Extra-curricular activities

v  Essay                          

v  Academics

v  Letter (s) of Reference


Important Dates: 


v  January 22

  • Scholarship opportunity posted in the Gazette, Facebook and at BSHS. Applicants may attend other schools as long as they live in Bloomingdale.
  • Applications are available at BSHS, at the BHA office, and via email at
  • Applicants with questions may call 813-681-2051 for information.


v  April 1

  • Deadline for applications. No exceptions.


v  May 12 - Bloomingdale Homeowners Association board meeting.

  • Winner will be invited to attend this meeting and his/her name will be announced.


Essay: Each candidate will complete a typed essay of no more than 500 words. The student must select one of the following topics for his essay:


  • “What receiving this scholarship would mean to me”


  • “What performing Community Service has meant to me”


  • “How living and growing up in Bloomingdale has shaped me as a person”


Submission Each candidate will be required to submit the following by the above defined deadline:


ð       A completed application

ð       The typed essay

ð       One letter of reference from a high school faculty member, or, a representative of a Community Service organization listed on the application.  While either is acceptable, the latter is preferable.

ð       An official transcript from their high school.

ð       An official Discipline Record from their high school.

ð       A Summary Worksheet from their high school detailing service hours.





Submit Applications To:


Bloomingdale Homeowners Association

ATTN: BJ Stelter Scholarship

3509 Bell Shoals Road

Valrico, FL 33596


Phone: 813-681-2051




Additional Information  


v  Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the Director of Financial Aid at the recipient’s school of choice.

v  Funds may be used to support any educational expenses, allowed by the college/university.

v  No notification will be made to those applicants not selected.

v  All submissions become the property of the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association and will not be returned.

v  Incomplete submissions will be disqualified.

v  Winners will be invited to the Scholarship Award Announcement, at the meeting of the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association during May, and agree to have their names/photos published by any interested news organization.

v  By submitting an application, candidates agree to all rules contained in this document.

v  The decision of the Selection Committee is final.  No appeals are permitted.


Applications are available online or in the guidance office.




















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