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Check Your Church for Scholarship Dollars


The following story about scholarship resources ran at on Jan. 12, 2012.

January 19, 2012

When looking for college scholarship dollars, there are a lot of sources that jump to mind: online searches, your high school counselor, and your employer, for starters. But one place you might not think of at first could pay off: your church, synagogue, or mosque. From small stipends to multi-thousand-dollar awards, religious organizations throughout the nation are a good potential source of college funding....

Finally, if you're a Protestant Christian interested in a career in the church, there are a few opportunities. The Bivins Foundation provides renewable scholarships of up to $3,500 for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree "in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion." And among the long list of scholarships organized by Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology is the Ed E. and Gladys Hurley Foundation award, which provides $1,000 to students at Texas colleges studying to become missionaries, ministers, or religious workers.