BAC Bates Scholarship

U.S. Program

Three students, whose parents or stepparents are U.S. BAC members, are selected annually to receive a stipend of $2,500 per year for up to four years. The program is open to sons and daughters of U.S. members who are now in their junior year of high school, and who plan to take or have taken the standardized “PSAT” exam in October 2016 (Saturday, October 15, Wednesday, October 19, or Wednesday, November 2 – students/parents are urged to check with your high school for the date it offers the PSAT exam or if yours does not, a high school in the area that does).  The U.S. Bates Scholarship application deadline is February 28, 2017. Again, students must be juniors in high school at the time they apply.

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.  The actual scholarship recipients will be notified by NMSC in March 2018. (Students who do not advance are not notified as such but can assume they have not if they do not hear from NMSC by December 2017.) 

Just to recap, students apply for the Bates Scholarship during the first half of their junior high school year and are notified if they are selected in March of their senior year.

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.)


Questions? Call or email the BAC Education Department at 1-888-880-8222 ext. 3887 or


620 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202.783.3788
Toll free: 1.888.880.8222