First in the Family Scholarship

Amount Awarded Annually: 1- $1000

Scholarship Criteria:

  • BPS graduating Senior
  • Student who will be first in their generational family to attend and/or graduate post-secondary education (Ex. parent/guardians did not attend/graduate post-secondary)
  • Preference will be given to students with a demonstrated need who showcase merit, potential for success/motivation and will be attending a North Dakota trade school, college or university

Scholarship Information:

The First in the Family Scholarship was established in 2021 by Mylo and Jan Candee. The scholarship will be awarded to graduating seniors from Bismarck Public Schools who will be the first in their family to enroll in a post-secondary college and/or university. It was permanently endowed to positively impact our community; when we lift up others, we lift up our community as a whole.

Education is often referred to as the great equalizer.  It can open doors to jobs, resources and skills that can elevate a family’s opportunities and quality of life for generations to come.

Mylo Candee is a former BPS School Board member and is cognizant of how our actions made today can create a long-lasting impact for generations to come. For those that understand the importance of elevating our community through this initiative, we ask that you consider donating to this important cause by clicking on the link above.

The Advisory Committee shall consist of the BPS scholarship committee/counselors with the intent of one $1000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a student with a demonstrated financial need who is the first to attend a North Dakota trade school, college and/or university.


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Questions should be directed to:

Stacey Lang
Development Director