Free Will Baptist Scholarships
Free Will Baptist Scholarships are available from several Free Will Baptist colleges, Free Will Baptists are a collection of churches (denomination) that follow the Armenian theology of free grace, free salvation and free will, Free Will Baptists value self governance of their own church and evangelism highly and are found in the Southern and Midwestern United States.
Free Will Baptists have their own college Welch College (formally Free Will Baptist Bible Church) in Tennessee, USA as well as several other affiliate colleges like the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Oklahoma, USA and University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, USA.
All these Free Will Baptist colleges have their own scholarships the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Oklahoma, USA offer scholarships for both on-campus courses as well as online courses at the Moore Campus (Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College online campus), it's unusual to find scholarships being awarded for online degrees so this really makes Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College special.
Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Scholarships
The first scholarship that Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College offer are the Academic Merit Scholarships these scholarships are awarded to students on enrolment to the college, students looking to get this scholarship should have a Grade Point Average GPA from a US high school of 3.0 or above to qualify for this scholarship. Several different scholarships make up the Academic Merit Scholarships and these include the New Freshman On-Campus Merit Scholarships, New Freshman Off-Campus Merit Scholarships, Transfer On-Campus Merit Scholarships and Transfer Off-Campus Merit Scholarships, the Freshman Scholarships are available for Presidential Plus, Presidential, Dean and Faculty and offer up to $7,800 per year with a minimum award of $1,200 per year, these awards are renewable for each year of study.
Transfer On-Campus Merit Scholarships
The Transfer On-Campus Merit Scholarships and Transfer Off-Campus Merit Scholarships are available for Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze with a scholarship award of $6,000 per year and a minimum scholarship award of $600 per year, all the Academic Merit Scholarships are awarded based on the students GPA from high school at the time of enrolment at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College with GPA from 2.0 to 4.0 getting the student a scholarship award and freshmen with a ACT (American College Testing) of 20 to 36 getting the student a scholarship award.
Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College also have the Church Tuition Assistance Program scholarship which is a needs based scholarship meaning the students financial needs are taken into account in awarding the scholarship, poorer students are therefore more likely to receive this award than students able to fund their own tuition costs, the students home church must be a Free Will Baptist church and the home church must genuinely take an interest in the student's progress at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College with Hillsdale matching the financial support given to the student by the students home church, the maximum amount that Hillsdale will match is $200 per semester.
For the Church Tuition Assistance Program scholarship before the student can apply from Hillsdale they must first apply for a Pell grant, the federal government grant system for all students, the award amount made by the Pell grant must then be made known to Hillsdale. The student applying must have a GPA of 2.0 if the GPA gets worse (rises) the award will be cancelled, if the GPA lowers then the student can reapply for the scholarship so its vitally important to maintain a good GPA, or course the Hillsdale funding will stop if their GPA rises but the local Free Will Baptist church funding will continue but now the amount the student has from the scholarship will have halved.
An interesting scholarship from Hillsdale is the Refer-A-Saint Scholarship whereby if a student is referred to study at Hillsdale by a former student of the college (alumni) then the student can claim a $400 per semester scholarship award, this award is for new students (freshmen) or students transferring from another college, the referring alumni can each refer one student per year and must complete a letter of reference for the student, the student must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher to claim the award. The referring alumni will have to write a letter of reference saying how the student is known to the alumni and how long they have known the student and the reason the student should receive the scholarship, reasons might be the need to support the student financially because of hardship or the help the student has made to his local church community.
Another unique scholarship from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College is the Legacy Scholarship which provides $600 per year if the student attending Hillsdale is the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a former student of Hillsdale or the student is the son or daughter of a serving Free Will Baptist minister, the student will need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or the award will be stopped, students whose grades fall can reapply once their grades improve in order to restart the scholarship, the student must also be on a course for a minimum of twelve hours per semester in order to qualify for this scholarship.
Welch College Scholarships (formally Free Will Baptist Bible Church)
The Free Will Baptists own college Welch College (formally Free Will Baptist Bible Church) in Tennessee, USA also award a range of scholarships these include the Merit Scholarship which provides awards ranging from $10,000 to $2,000 depending on ACT or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores, the Merit Scholarships are divided into several classes of scholarship the Presidential Honours Scholarship, Provost's Honours, Academic Honours and Leadership Award.
Welch College also have a Legacy Award, this is a scholarship awarded to students whose fathers are the main pastor for a Free Will Baptist church in the USA, note that the pastor must be the main pastor of the church for the student to qualify for this award which is worth $2,500 per year. To get this award students must live at home with their parents at the time of applying for the award, the parents must provide at least 50% of the student's financial support and be under the age of twenty four so that the student can live on Welch's campus and maintain at least twelve hours of study per semester.
Students applying for the Legacy Award will need to include a high school or college transcript listing their ACT (college) or SAT (high school) grades, the student will also need to apply for a Pell grant before completing the Legacy Award application, students will also need to complete an essay offering their personal testimony about why they wish to study at Welch College and about their religious journey to date.
Welch College also have a unique and generous scholarship called the Spouse Scholarship, if your husband or wife is a fulltime student at Welch College who has more than twelve hours of tuition a week then the spouse can enrol on any course at half the normal tuition rate, the spouse may enrol for up to the same amount of hours as the husband or wife who is also in fulltime education at Welsh College.
Bert and Dianne Tippett Alumni Scholarship
Welsh College also have the Bert and Dianne Tippett Alumni Scholarship which is a scholarship awarded to the child or grandchild of someone who attended Welch College in the past (a member of the Welch College alumnus), the Bert and Dianne Tippett Alumni Scholarship is awarded at the Free Will Baptist National Convention, applicants will need to submit a reference form and a personal essay and the student must have already applied for a Pell grant (the federal grant that all students are entitled too), the student must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and already enrolled at Welch College on a fulltime course that has at least twelve taught hours each week.
Students can't apply for this scholarship before enrolling, the student must enrol at Welsh College and then apply for the scholarship, the student also has to stay in college until the end of the semester to get the scholarship as the scholarship is awarded to pay for your tuition fees at the end of the semester rather than as is more common with other scholarships like the Fulbright scholarship or the Bill Gates scholarship where you get the scholarship before the semester starts, it's a clever way that Welsh College can make to insure that the scholarship students completes their studies.
The student will need to obtain three references for the Bert and Dianne Tippett Alumni Scholarship these include a reference for church life (Free Will Baptist) where the referee can be Pastor, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher or Youth Worker and the Academic Life reference where the referee can be Teacher, Principle, Coach, Counsellor or school official and finally a reference from an employer, friend or community leader.
As well as the references the student will need to write a personal essay which must be typed and not hand written the essay must use a 12 point font, be double spaced and of one to three pages in length, the essay must cover the students personal history which includes their religious history and their salvation experience by the Free Will Baptist church as well as details of the students family, how many brothers and sisters and what does the students mother and father do for employment etc as well as work experience the student has had to date and details of why the student wants to study at Welch college as well as the students involvement in the Free Will Baptist ministry including volunteering, church activities, Christian service and community involvement and the students plans for the future and future goals the student has set themselves.
Southeast Bank Scholars Program
Welsh College also have the Southeast Bank Scholars Program for students who have just enrolled at Welsh College (college freshmen), this scholarship is only available to students who live in Tennessee, USA in the same way the College Bound scholarship or AB540 scholarships are only available to students living in a particular state. The scholarship is for $7,000 per year and is not renewable for subsequent years as its designed purely for freshmen (new starters) the student will need a 3.25 high school GPA (maintained over seven semesters) or a ACT of 23 or SAT of 1070, this allows students applying for this scholarship to come from both high school (GPA, SAT) or college (ACT), this award is based on financial need as well as merit so the student will have to show that they need the money in order to continue their education at Welsh College.
As several awards are made for the Southeast Bank Scholars Program there will be more than one scholarship winner, the scholarship deciding committee want to award the scholarships to different ethnic groups in the same way that the UNCF scholarship or NAACP scholarship is awarded, the ethnic category choices for the Southeast Bank Scholars Program are American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Multiracial and White, being from an ethnic minority may mean that you are more likely to receive this scholarship as the scholarship committee like to award the scholarships do a diverse range of students.
The student will also need to list their extracurricular activities and how long the student spends on these activities each week as well as any honours won at school and positions within school, church or the community which the student held. The student will also need to write an essay of a maximum length of 250 words, the essay can be on one of three choices, the choices are student involvement in community service and leadership roles or describe a community project that had success and which the student was a part of or answer the question of why being involved in community service and leadership is important to the student.
Typical community activities the scholarship board would like to see include church or religious groups, boy or girl scouts, health and safety working groups, counselling of your peers, tutoring, a project in the community which the student has been involved in or a recreation project the student has enjoyed.
There are a wide range of scholarships available for students who attend a Free Will Baptist Church and wish to continue their education at college or university to gain a degree at an educational intuition that is also based on the Free Will Baptist movement.