During the Christian college admissions process, look for scholarships

The cost of earning a degree may be rising every year, but there are still plenty of opportunities for students to find financial aid, particularly if they choose to attend Christian colleges and universities. Today, there are many organizations that offer scholarships to Christian students, so these degree seekers should be sure to research all of the financial opportunities that are available to them.

One of the many national scholarships available exclusively to Christian students is the Mary E. Bivins Foundation Scholarship. According to the foundation’s website, this program gives $2,500 per semester to undergraduate students in their junior and senior years, and $3,500 to graduate students. This money can be put towards books, tuition or any other college-related expense. In order to apply, degree seekers must be pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a subject that will allow them to preach the Christian religion to others. However, priority will be given to those who want to become pulpit pastors.

Another financial aid opportunity individuals can take advantage of when attending Christian colleges is the Student Ministry Scholarship provided by the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons. Students who receive this scholarship are given $1,000 for an academic year that can be used for tuition. In order to apply, individuals must be full-time graduate students who are currently earning a master’s of divinity degree. Additionally, they need at least a 3.0 GPA for all graduate and undergraduate work and attend schools or seminaries accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Each year, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting awards five $2,000 scholarships to Catholic high school seniors. According to the National Eagle Scout Association’s website, applicants must be currently registered and active in Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting or Venturing. Additionally, they must have earned the Eagle Scout or Silver Award and worked in their home parish.

Still, students should also be sure to speak with the financial aid office at their individual Christian colleges. Frequently, schools offer their own scholarships to students who show a strong interest in growing academically and religiously. Additionally, there are a wide variety of scholarship search engines individuals can use to find more financial aid opportunities, such as FastWeb and the Federal Student Aid website.