To motivate youth to become better scholars, citizens, and athletes, and to serve as leaders and role models for their peers.
About the Foundation
The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation (BBYF) is currently celebrating 25 years of awarding the promise of a $2,500 college scholarship to outstanding students from 144 public schools representing 22 independent school districts and 3 charter schools across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
BBYF chooses to award the promise of a college scholarship – not to high school seniors – but to students when they are in the 8th grade. A BBYF scholarship provides students with the incentive to do well in high school, graduate, and continue on to college. e foundation believes that by focusing on the availability of aid for merit at the middle school level, students and their families will be inspired to plan for higher education and will dedicate themselves to work hard to reach that goal, and will be motivated to seek out additional aid at an earlier stage in their lives.
Eighth grade students are asked to complete an application that includes information on their achievements in academics and athletics as well as community involvement from the 6th through 8th grades. They are also required to write an essay on how they relate to and aspire to emulate a role model. Each school then nominates two students (finalists) to be considered for a BBYF scholarship from this pool of applicants. e evaluation of the finalist applications is carried out by BBYF board members with the assistance of past BBYF scholarship winners who live in the area. Ultimately, 34 scholarship recipients are chosen from these outstanding finalists to receive a $2,500 scholarship, once they have graduated from high school and enrolled in college. is year the foundation was able to award an additional three scholarships due to the success of its annual Bobby’s Designated Hitters campaign.
732 named scholarship recipients
The foundation has given a total of $1,830,000 in awarded/promised scholarships as of spring 2016. Ninety-eight percent of BBYF scholarship winners have enrolled in an institution of higher learning following graduation from high school.