Adult Back to School Scholarship 

The Barberton Community Foundation was created to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Barberton. Since 1997 BCF has provided over $2.1 million in scholarship money to graduating high school seniors at Barberton High School. A review of census information and discussions with several local universities shows the need for scholarship opportunities for Barberton residents who are seeking their first certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

 Criteria for Consideration:

  1. Applicant must have been residents of Barberton for at least the past five years and must show proof of that residency.
  2. Applicants must NOT have been a recipient of the Barberton Community Foundation Scholarship Program for students at Barberton High School.
  3. Applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.
  4. Applicant must be seeking their first post-high school accreditation – a certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree. (Those with a certificate or associate’s degree who are working toward their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.)
  5. Applicant must be attending/going to attend an accredited institution of learning.
  6. Applicant can already be attending school or just entering/going back to complete coursework.
  7. Applicant can attend part-time or full-time – scholarship amounts will reflect attendance status.
  8. Recipients will fill out a pre and post survey documenting how this scholarship impacted your work life – survey information can include work title, salary range, and benefits package among other items. This survey is MANDATORY – all identifying information will be stripped from public disclosure.


  • Scholarship amounts will not be more than $1,000 in one school year.
  • Applications are due to the Foundation office by: Not Available
  • Applicants will receive notification of funding status by mail by mid July.
  • The scholarship is NOT automatically renewable – an application must be submitted each year.
  • Each recipient will not receive more than $4,000 total through this program.

For more information – to check on criteria parameters or needed forms, etc. – please call Holli Mallak, director of community impact at 330-745-5995.