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Pchela Scholarship Program


The Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela Scholarship Program awards scholarships to primary, middle and high school students who have demonstrated outstanding effort to promote traditional Bulgarian culture in their community and schools.

Applicants Must:

  1. Be residents of Los Angeles and Orange County, California
  2. Be a primary, middle or high school student
  3. Demonstrate ambition and motivation to educate its school peers and the community about traditional Bulgarian culture.


Three (3) students, to be known as “Pchelicki” will be selected to receive $250 awards to be used towards school expenses. Awards are not renewable. Presentation of awards is scheduled for Den na Narodni Buditely on November 1, 2020.

Eligible students may receive only one “PCHELA” award every two years.


Applicants are asked to describe in two essays why education about traditional Bulgarian culture is important to them and the content of their presentation. Essays to be maximum of 300 words each and explain the following:

  1. Main elements of their presentation and how it will be done.
  2. To whom will be presented and expected impact.
  3. Are there any aids and materials that will be made by the applicant.

The Scholarship Committee of Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela will make the selection of scholarship recipients. Selection will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability.

To apply for the scholarship, fill out all appropriate information in the scholarship application and then complete the essays on the following pages. No purchase necessary to apply.

Envelopes must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2020, and sent to:

BECS Pchela
239 W. Colorado Blvd., #A
Monrovia, CA 91016

Be sure to affix sufficient postage and include your return address. Pchela is not responsible for applications that are lost in the mail or returned for insufficient postage.

Or, email your application no later than June 1, 2020 to:

Applications and required attachments must be received no later than June 1, 2020. All applications that have met the deadline will be considered. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all required information in the format requested. Incomplete applications and those not conforming to the required format will be disqualified. Information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship Committee and Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela Board of Directors.

If selected to receive an award, the student must authorize release of scholarship application materials and photographs for use by Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela or its sponsors for promotion and publicity.

All award recipients will be notified by September 15, 2020. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.


Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela will process the PCHELA scholarship award distributions. Distributions will be made in full in the Fall of 2020.

Checks will be made payable directly to the recipient for payment of educational expenses.


Other than as specified, recipients have no obligation to Bulgarian Education and Culture Society Pchela. Applicants are, however, required to supply Pchela with any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. See RULES for more information.