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U.S. Bates Scholarship

BAC annually awards three scholarships to students whose parents or step-parents are U.S. BAC members. The stipends are $5,000 per year for up to four years – up to $20,000 total.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:

  • be entering college in the fall of 2021.
  • have a parent or step-parent who is a U.S. BAC member in good standing.
  • plan to take or have taken the “PSAT” exam in October 2019. Please check with your high school to schedule the exam.
  • Apply for the U.S. Bates Scholarship. The deadline is March 31, 2020.

For questions about the 2021 competition after March 31, 2020, please contact National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) at (847) 866-5100 or for assistance.

The U.S. Bates Scholarship program is administered through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Those who advance in the competition will be notified by NMSC directly. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified by NMSC in March 2021. (Students who do not advance are not notified as such but can assume they have not won if they do not hear from NMSC by December 2020.) 

To access full details about the program and apply online, parents are asked to first review Steps 1-5, which outline the online entry procedures, before proceeding to the entry site via the link below. (NOTE: To apply, the BAC parent’s six-digit IU number and BAC Local Union # and state(s) must be provided.)

 STEP 1: Read the scholarship program brochure in its entirety (confirm that you have read and understand the program procedures by marking the check box at the bottom of the page).

► STEP 2: Confirm that your child meets all participation requirements for the 2021 competition by marking the appropriate check boxes.     

► STEP 3: Complete the online 2021 Harry C. Bates Scholarship Program Entry Form.

► STEP 4: Review the Entry Form for completeness and accuracy, read the Submission Agreement, and submit your child’s Entry Form for the 2021 competition.

► STEP 5: Print and retain a copy of the Submission Confirmation” for your records.


A list of frequently asked questions can be found here. Any additional questions, please call or email the BAC Education Department at 1-888-880-8222 ext. 3887 or