BMYD Scholarship Fund

About Us
Bright Minds Youth Development, Inc. (BMYD), is a nonprofit youth service organization founded by David Bright in Jacksonville and incorporated in 2011 in the State of Florida. We received IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in early 2012.

Our vision is to cultivate young minds for excellence and success by providing opportunities, skills, experience, exposure and positive challenges for children, teens and young adults ages 5-21 in Florida to improve their quality of life.

Our mission is to provide youth and young adults opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for leadership, education, health, work and beyond.

The BMYD Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors based on demonstrated academic achievement, community service, and an express interest in pursuing and furthering their education.

The students eligible for assistance must be attending high school in Bradford, Clay and Putnam County. Students must continue their education at a two/four-year college, university, trade or vocational school. Consideration of the BMYD scholarship will be given to those students who display academic achievement, community service record (minimum of 75 hours), and a 500-700 word essay.

Students should submit a scholarship application on the form provided by the Bright Minds Youth Development, Inc. Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis. Students must attend classes and maintain no lower than a 2.7 grade-point average (verified transcript).

Scholarships awarded will be a one-time amount of $1,000 to be paid to the student or towards their school of choice.

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2019 until March 29, 2019.

Please submit application online using the form below, or CLICK HERE to download the application as a fillable PDF and bring it to the BMYD office located at 1857 Wells Rd. Suite #222B, Orange Park, FL 32073. This scholarship is not renewable. Only high school seniors who will be attending a two/four-year college, university, trade or vocational school are eligible to apply.

Previous scholarship recipients cannot re-apply.


1. Last Name: First Name:

2. Mailing Address:
City: State: Zip:

3. Daytime Telephone Number:

4. Date of Birth: Month: Day: Year:

5. High School Currently Attending:

6. Grade Point Average (GPA): (On a 4.0 scale)
Attach proof of GPA. Your most recent official school transcript required. (WORD or PDF only)

7. Projected graduation date:

8. I will be attending the following school in the Fall of:
School Name:
School Address:
Financial Contact Name:
Proof of acceptance or student enrollment from the above school is required prior to receipt of funds (WORD or PDF only)

9. What specialty/major do you plan to pursue?:

10. How many hours of credit will you be taking per semester?:

11. Name & address of parent(s) or legal guardian(s):
Phone Number of parent(s) or legal guardian(s):

12. What are your educational and professional goals and objectives? (Attach if preferred. WORD or PDF only.)

13. List any academic honors, awards and memberships. (Attach if preferred. WORD or PDF only.) :

14. List your community service activities, athletics, hobbies, outside interests, and extracurricular activities. (Attach if preferred. WORD or PDF only.) :

15. Personal Essay. On a separate attachment, please explain “Why is education and leadership important and how will you apply it throughout your professional career.” (500 - 700 words) (WORD or PDF only)

16. If you received the scholarship, would you be willing to speak and/or write something for our website on how we have helped your development towards success? YesNoMaybe

17. We are interested in hearing about how you heard about BMYD’s Scholarship Program; please let us know how you heard about us:


I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that my picture may be taken and used for any purpose deemed necessary to promote the scholarship program.

Name of scholarship applicant:

Signature of scholarship applicant:

(By entering your name, you agree to accept the terms of the above document with an electronic signature.)



The following items must be attached to this application in order for the application to qualify to be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

• Two reference letters. Return these completed documents in a sealed envelope. One letter must be from a teacher/administrator and one must be from an adult leader in an community program/project, athletic program, or volunteer program you have participated in.

• Most recent official high school transcript.

• Essay (500-700 words)