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What are Baptist Scholarships?

If you are a Baptist student, there are many religious awards for you. Baptist scholarships help members pay for college or the seminary. As such, they may offset costs of tuition, fees, board, books and so on.

To be eligible for a Baptist scholarship, being active in your faith is key. This may include past and future acts of service. You might also need a reference from your pastor. In some cases, you also need to be on track to earn a religious studies degree. Or that you want to enter the ministry.

So, when you apply, you may need to send in transcripts and your GPA. You may also need to prove you need the money. There are also scholarships for people who fall into a group. A few are being a woman, minority, Church member or local resident.

Who Offers Baptist Scholarships?

Your college or seminary school, church, nonprofits, and local community may offer Baptist scholarships. These types of awards are typically for students who show good academic work, missionary work, and community involvement if they qualify.

According to Pew Research, Southern Baptists are the largest evangelical Protestant group in the US. In fact, they account for 5.3 % of all the adults in the nation. Most of these adults (81 %) pray at least once a day.

Some Baptists attend church on a regular basis too. In all, there are 47,456 Southern Baptists churches spread out in 41 areas. Many of these churches manage funds from donors. So, they often have money to fund scholarship programs.

The American Baptist Home Mission Societies Undergraduate Scholarship awards up to $10,000 to eligible Baptist students. Eligible students must have 2.75 GPA and enrolled in a four year accredited program or graduate school. To apply, you must submit a reference letter, school transcripts, and an online application.


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Northwest Baptist Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The Northwest Baptist Foundation (NBF) manages endowment and memorial funds that provide scholarships for students. This scholarship is available for junior or senior year undergraduates, or graduate students who are members of a Northwest Southern Baptist Church. Each year scholarships are awarded.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

Ernst Scholarship

The Ernst scholarship will be awarded to current ABC/Ordained pastors of American Baptist Churches in Ohio who are pursuing post-graduate ministry degrees such as Master or Doctor of Divinity either at accredited institutions or through a college or seminary extension program.

Total: $1500

Awards: 1


WMU Foundation Scholarships

The WMU Foundation provides a variety of scholarships for Southern Baptist missionary kids and individuals preparing for missions service. It was set up in 1995 by Dr. Dellanna O’Brian, a former executive director of national Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). They also have two available endowments for Missionary Kids and their homeschooling missionary parents.

Total: $5000

Awards: 5

Deadline: February 01

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith HBCU Scholarship Award

Established in 2003, the HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers the Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith HBCU Scholarship Award of $2,000 to an incoming freshman at an HBCU with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 23

Luther H. Butler Scholarship for NC Baptist Students

This scholarship is open to North Carolina who have been accepted for full-time enrollment in a degree program at one of the following schools: Campbell University, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Mars Hill University, Meredith College or Wingate University. Students must be members of a church affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of NC

Total: $2500

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 15

Carolyn M. Harris HBCU Scholarship Award

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers the Carolyn M. Harris HBCU Scholarship Award of $1,000 to an incoming freshman at an HBCU with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who is a member of a musical group or (music) education major.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 23

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