Baptist church scholarships can be found from a few sources. In addition to checking with your local Baptist church, Baptist college students will also want to investigate the following opportunities for 2013.
Mary Hill Davis Ethnic/Minority Scholarship Program. The application deadline is each year on April 15. The maximum award is for $6,400 during the four-years of college enrollment distributed as $800 per semester.
American Baptist Financial Aid Programis for Baptist students on the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level. There is an application deadline each year of May 29.
Baptist Life Scholarship awards $1,000. It is for customers of Baptist Life Association, an insurance company. You need to be a customer for at least two years prior to your application. The deadline each year is May 31.
Left Scholarship Fund and the Ohio Baptist Education Society Scholarship These awards are for Ohio-resident college juniors and seniors. The Left Scholarship Fund is for African-American students. Both scholarships are for ministry and missionary students.
The Southern Baptist Convention, at sbc.net, has a list of colleges and universities affiliated with the Baptist Conventions in individual states. There is at least one in each southern state, plus Ohio, Missouri, Montana, and California. It is a good idea to check with the university of your choice to find out about scholarships offered from them directly.
The Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville offers scholarships to new students and transfer students who demonstrate academic excellence. For example the Presidential Honors Scholarship of $10,000 is for students with an ACT score of 31-36 or an SAT score of 2040+. Scholarships of $2,500, $4,000 and $8,000 are available as well, depending on test scores. For transfer students the Free Will Baptist Bible College has scholarships in the range of $2,500 to $6,000 depending on the student’s GPA.
Baylor University in Texas awards several Baptist scholarships, depending on whether the student is going to pursue a career in the Baptist church, has a parent in the Baptist ministry or on missionary work, demonstrates financial need, or shows academic excellent.
Baptist students should remember to file the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) in early January before entering college and to plan ahead for researching scholarship opportunities to help them pay for college.