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Scholarships

Changing One Life at a Time Through Educational Support

InFaith donors create donor advised scholarship funds for any level of education, from preschool to postgraduate studies. InFaith offers two types of scholarship funds – designated scholarship and InFaith administered scholarships. In 2017 and 2018, InFaith donors granted more than $7 million in educational assistance including scholarships, tuition assistance and graduate fellowship programs combined.

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2018 Scholarship Recipients

This year, InFaith highlights scholarship awardees from three of our scholarship funds. We invite you to read their stories.

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Annual Scholarships

InFaith's scholarship application cycle is now closed.

Scholarship applications will re-open in spring of 2019. Scholarship descriptions and requirements are below.

Questions? Check out our FAQs or contact Nikki in Donor Services. Email or call 800-365-4172.

Based on InFaith's policy, administered scholarships may only be granted to benefit students attending colleges and universities in the United States that meet IRS regulations, therefore we can only support students attending U.S. institutions.

The Scholarship Program 

The InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship (formerly the Lutheran Community Foundation Scholarship) was established to benefit students who are members of congregations that hold active organizational endowment funds at InFaith Community Foundation (InFaith).  One $5,000 award will be given for the 2018-2019 school year. Applicants must be high school graduating seniors seeking a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.  This scholarship program is made possible through an InFaith Field of Interest Fund, a collaborative fund made possible by InFaith donors to serve our shared community. Through these scholarship awards, we hope to provide educational opportunities to individuals who demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement, a commitment to sharing their blessings with the world and planning full-time study at an accredited college or university.

Eligibility
To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • Be a high school graduating senior and a member of a congregation that holds an active InFaith Organizational Fund;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Plan to attend an accredited college or university and seeking a four-year degree;
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Process and Deadline
InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?

Additional questions about this scholarship may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at Scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling (800) 365-4172.

The Scholarship Program
The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Awards were established to provide scholarship awards to eligible candidates pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry. Three $9,000 awards will be given for the 2018-2019 school year. The scholarship program is made possible through a permanently endowed, charitable fund at InFaith Community Foundation, established by the former church of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis.

Founded in 1888, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church maintained a strong commitment to education. A school affiliated with the church was founded in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained a part of the Church's mission for nearly 100 years. At the time of the Church's closing, the church established this Fund to benefit Lutheran students who are members of churches within the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Eligibility
Eligible candidates for the scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the LCMS;
  • Candidates must be in their third or fourth year of study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university or seminary. Candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis, based upon the respective institution’s definition of “full-time” status. Students are not eligible to apply for their vicarage year;
  • Candidates must be pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry;
  • Candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants and past recipients may reapply for these scholarships on an annual basis.

Application Process & Deadline
InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling (800) 365-4172.

The Scholarship Program
Mary Barbara Price Lutheran Scholarship for Undergraduates (formerly Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship) was established to benefit students who are residents of Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County and are a member of a Lutheran church. The scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of donor Barbara Price, who created this permanently endowed fund at InFaith Community Foundation. Through these scholarship awards, the donor wished to endorse the optimism and success of today’s youth and provide educational opportunities to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated their abilities and their desire to explore the unlimited possibilities available to them. The donor also shared a belief in the faith and values inherent in and promoted by colleges and universities affiliated with the Lutheran church. It was the donor’s hope that recipients of this award similarly recognize such value, and that they, too, may one day be in a position to identify other students in need of educational scholarship assistance, also “passing it along” without carrying it as a debt to be repaid.

Eligibility
The scholarship program is open to high school graduating seniors, current undergraduate students, and previous scholarship recipients as outlined below:

  • High School Seniors. Any high school senior who is a member of a Lutheran congregation and has permanent residence in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County may apply for this scholarship.
  • College or University Undergraduate Students. A current undergraduate student may apply if the student has permanent residence in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County and is a member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Previous Scholarship Recipients. Students who have previously received this award may re-apply for this scholarship on an annual basis, if the student has permanent residence in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County and is a member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Preference for these scholarship awards shall be given to students who plan to attend a Lutheran college or university.

All applicants to this scholarship program must demonstrate that they have graduated from high school in good academic standing and must maintain good academic standing in their undergraduate studies in order to continue receiving the scholarship.

Application Process and Deadline
InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship program may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

The Scholarship Program
Mary Barbara Price Lutheran Scholarship for Graduate and Professional Education (formerly Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship) was established to benefit Lutheran students who are residents of Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County, California. The scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of Barbara Price, who created a permanently endowed fund at InFaith Community Foundation. The donor wished to endorse the optimism and success of today’s youth, and intended these scholarships to provide educational opportunities to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated their abilities and their desire to explore the unlimited possibilities available to them. She also shared a belief in the faith and values inherent in and promoted by colleges and universities affiliated with the Lutheran Church. It was her hope that recipients of this award similarly recognize such value, and that they, too, may one day be in a position to identify other students in need of educational scholarship assistance, also “passing it along” without carrying it as a debt to be repaid.

 

Eligibility
The scholarship program is open to students who are currently enrolled or seeking enrollment at an accredited graduate or professional school. Applicants must:

  • Be a current or former resident in Madera, Kings, Kern or Tulare County.
  • Have received an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university:
  • Demonstrate at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA undergraduate studies, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA in a graduate or professional program;
  • Preference for these scholarship awards shall be given to past recipients of The Tulare County Lutheran Scholarship Program for Undergraduates.

Application Process and Deadline
InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship program may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

 

The Scholarship Program
The St. Paul Lutheran Church Scholarship Program was founded by the congregation of the former St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. St. Paul Lutheran Church, prior to its closing, established this special scholarship program to benefit Lutheran students in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. 

 

Eligibility
Eligible candidates must:

  • Be graduating seniors of a high school, or a high school graduate equivalent, located in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.  Candidates may reapply in successive years for scholarships available from this program. 
  • Be members of a Lutheran church, including those individuals who were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, at the time of its closing. 
  • Be attending or planning to attend an institution of higher education (academic, technical, or vocational in the 2018-2019 academic year). 
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate involvement in church and community.

Application Process and Deadline
InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

The Scholarship Program
The Norman Krueger American Legion Memorial Scholarship was established to provide scholarship awards to young adults of the American Legion Sixth District.  Multiple scholarships, in the range of $2,000-$5,000, will be awarded in 2018 to graduating high school seniors residing in the American Legion Sixth District. The scholarship program is administered by InFaith Community Foundation, a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy and change lives.

Norman Krueger was a Past Commander of the Sixth District of the American Legion and was involved in The American Legion Oratorical Contest at the time of his death. Through the years that Norman Krueger was involved in The American Legion, he saw the extreme importance in family values and the need for volunteer help in many areas. Many of those needs can be aided with the help of young, energetic adults, and therefore the reason for asking that the applicant has contributed such help to their community or church. The family of Norman Krueger wishes to pass the ideals for which he stood to the young adults of the American Legion Sixth District.  The best way the family knows how to do this is to aid at least one young student to continue his/her goals in life by attending an institution of higher learning. 

Eligibility
To be eligible, a candidate must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior residing in the American Legion Sixth District.  The Sixth District is made up of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette and Winnebago Counties.  More than one student from a school may apply.
  • The institution of higher learning of the student’s choice must be a four-year, accredited school. The applicant must be a full-time student, carrying at least 12 credits.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that they are a child or grandchild of a U.S. veteran.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that they rank in the upper 1/3 of his/her graduating class.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that they have volunteered his/her service in the community and/or church during his/her high school career.

Application Process and Deadline

InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

The Scholarship Program
The Silverdale Lutheran Church Scholarship was established to provide two educational scholarship awards annually to eligible candidates of Silverdale Lutheran Church. 

  • One scholarship, in the amount of $8,000, is available for a recipient attending a four-year college or university, and;
  • One scholarship, in the amount of $4,000, is available for a recipient attending a two-year community college or vocational/technical school. 

Each scholarship will be paid in increments of $2,000 each year to the institution the student attends.  The scholarship program is made possible through a permanently endowed, charitable fund at InFaith Community Foundation (InFaith), made possible by the generosity of Merrill and Elizabeth Koster of Silverdale Lutheran Church.

Eligibility
Eligible candidates for the scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be members of Silverdale Lutheran Church;
  • Recipients of the scholarship must remain in good academic standing at the institution where they attend;
  • Applicants receiving a SLC PLUM scholarship will not be eligible for this scholarship.
  • These scholarships are not extended to graduate level studies or beyond a four-year or two-year length of time to complete a course of study. If an applicant is selected for a two year scholarship, but is enrolled in a four year program, then that applicant is not eligible to apply for an additional two year scholarship to finish their third and fourth year program.
  • If an applicant is not selected in any given year, they may reapply in subsequent years.

Application Process and Deadline

InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@inFaithFound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

WomenLead recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits, and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.

Two educational scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded annually to women of Christian faith seeking a Masters or Doctoral level degree that will prepare them to serve in public service, non-profit leadership and/or in Christian ministry.

Women of diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, age, faith) eager to lead through bold action, innovative vision and faith-inspired passion are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits
The scholarship provides: 

  • Financial support;
  • Recognition of outstanding potential as a leader in the faith community for the public good;
  • Affirmation of faith, values and ideals; and,
  • Access to a network of women leaders of change.

Through the scholarship women will increase their leadership capacity through their career and/or educational pursuits that will enhance their knowledge and skills and build their networks better equipping them to effectively lead change. We hope that through their learning experience women are inspired by possibility and are pushed to vision big and act boldly to maximize and achieve change with and for their communities.

The WomenLead scholarship is made possible through an InFaith Community Foundation Field of Interest Fund, a collaborative fund made possible by InFaith donors to serve our shared community as well as through contributions made through the WomenGive Together giving circle as part of the WomenGive Workshop series.

Eligibility

The scholarship is an award for women of the Christian faith seeking Masters/Doctoral degrees that will prepare them to serve in Christian ministry, public service, and/or non-profit leadership.

Eligible candidates for the scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  • Enroll or be enrolled in an accredited theological seminary or post-graduate institution pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree.
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate active Christian faith and practice, and/or a personal call to ministry.
  • Exhibit potential in and commitment to being a leader for change.
  • Be involved in civic engagement, social change, and service and demonstrate a history of involvement.
  • Commit to a career in Christian ministry, government agencies, public and private educational institutions, nonprofit, philanthropic, public health, and/or advocacy organizations.

Scholarship Awards
Applicants of the scholarship award will be notified by InFaith by the end of July. Scholarship awards are sent directly by InFaith to the educational institution where the recipient will attend. It is intended that this scholarship award provide financial assistance that is not otherwise covered by available resources or other financial aid to the applicant. Funds may be used to defray expenses for tuition, room and board, books, laboratory expenses and/or other related educational expenditures.

Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients will be determined by an InFaith scholarship committee. We recognize and value the need for diverse leadership in the above sectors and encourage a diverse applicant pool. Women from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Overview & Deadline
InFaith's 2018 scholarship application cycle is now closed and will re-open in spring of 2019.

Questions?
Additional questions about this scholarship may be directed to Consuelo Gutierrez Crosby, Women’s Philanthropy Associate, at Consuelo.Gutierrez-Crosby@inFaithFound.org or (800) 365-4172.

Why have I not received an email to continue my application after successfully submitting the pre-questionnaire form?
Please allow up to 30 minutes for our server to send you an email. If you have not received an email after this time, contact our staff.

How do I submit my application?
After you complete all questions and upload required documents you will see a submit button. You should receive an email from InFaith confirming we’ve received your application.

Can I apply for multiple scholarships?
Yes, if you are eligible. If you are eligible for more than one scholarship, click the boxes on the dashboard you’d like to apply for.  When you are answering questions it will look like you are completing one application, but all of the questions from all the scholarships are embedded into it. You will only need to complete sections 1-4 one time even if you are applying for multiple scholarships.

When will I hear back about the scholarship I am applying for?
We will notify all applicants about scholarship decisions in July.

If I'm an international student, can I still apply?
Based on InFaith's policy, administered scholarships may only be granted to benefit students attending colleges and universities in the United States that meet IRS regulations, therefore we can only support students attending U.S. institutions.

Still confused?
Call us with questions – Nikki Johnson in Donor Services. Email or call 800-365-4172.

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