One of the most longstanding scholarship programs internationally are those that are based in religion. Religion is an enormous force in the lives of many individuals and seeking out a scholarship based upon their core religion may be suitable for them. In fact, some of the oldest universities in the United States are ones started by religious groups or theological orders.
In some cases the religion based scholarships must be used either in a religious-based school or towards a degree in divinity or theology. It is more common, however, that the scholarship funds may be used in any way deemed appropriate by the student. This will be dependent upon the organization that is issuing the scholarship.
Nearly all of the religion based scholarships will require that the applicant sufficiently prove to the scholarship committee or board their declared religion. In several cases, this may mean a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s local religious leader. In any case, religion based scholarships are an excellent option for anyone planning to acquire a college degree.
Mary E. Bivins Foundation Scholarship
For those individuals who are of a Christian faith and wish to pursue a position as a minister, the Mary E. Bivins Foundation offers several programs. One award is in the amount of $1,000 and is available to freshman and sophomore candidates. There is also a $2,000 scholarship for juniors and seniors as well as a $3,000 graduate level award. Qualified applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and take at least 12 credit hours per semester.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services Scholarships
This program for Jewish students is limited to California residents and, more specifically, those that reside in the counties of Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo of Santa Clara. Several awards are provided each year and may be used at any accredited college. The value per award is approximately $1,250.
American Baptist Financial Aid Program
This scholarship is for individuals who have been active members of an American Baptist church for at least one year prior to application. Further, the award is for incoming freshman only and may be used in either the United States or Puerto Rico. This religion based scholarship value varies each year and is paid directly to the school. The applicant must have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify.
The Wildermuth Award
This scholarship is for students who are of the Latter Day Saints religion and is valued at $250. Candidates must provide a scholarly thesis with their application and the scholarship is not renewable. Two of these scholarships are provided each year and the program is sponsored by John Whitmer Historical Association. The winning scholarship candidate will have their thesis published in the JWHA Journal.