Campbellsville University offers church scholarships to students

Jan. 5, 2015
For Immediate Release

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s spring semester begins Jan. 12, 2015, and there are still options for financial aid including several church scholarships.

Campbellsville University offers the following church scholarships: Church Matching Scholarship, Christian Service Scholarship, Christian Vocation Scholarship, Kentucky Baptist Scholarship and the competitive Baptist Leadership Award.

Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services, said, during the current year, CU is providing over $18 million in CU-institutional financial aid to almost 3,600 students. He said this includes more than $8 million in institutional aid to Kentucky Baptist students.

“Campbellsville University is pleased to offer a variety of scholarship opportunities for prospective students including several options for students coming from Baptist churches in Kentucky,” Walters said.

“These scholarships include the Baptist Leadership Award program that is competitive along with our Kentucky Baptist Scholarship program that provides scholarship assistance over a four-year period to students coming from Kentucky Baptist Churches.

“We also provide several other scholarship opportunities for students with a firm church connection including church matching for any Christian denomination, Christian vocation scholarship for the children of church staff, scholarship aid for students who have made a public commitment to pursue a Christian vocation, and a number of other scholarships and financial aid options for students with a strong church and Christian commitment.”

For a Church Matching Scholarship, Campbellsville University will match gifts from churches throughout the nation that contribute up to $200 per year toward a student’s education costs. Any denomination may participate, and gifts from a church should be made payable to Campbellsville University on behalf of the student.

The deadline to send in church matching funds is the end of mid-term week for each fall and spring semester. Students are eligible to receive Church Matching funds as long as they are enrolled at Campbellsville University.
Any student whose parent serves in a full-time paid Christian ministerial position can receive up to $1,700 per year may quality for a Christian Service Scholarship. An application is required.

Recipients of the Christian Service Scholarship are not eligible for Church Matching funds. This scholarship is renewable for three additional years with a minimum of a 2.0 renewal GPA. Students must reapply each year.

Students who have made a public commitment to pursue a Christian vocation may be considered to receive an additional $200 per year with the Christian Vocation Scholarship. An application is required. This scholarship is renewable for three additional years with a minimum of a 2.0 renewal GPA. Students must reapply each year.

Several scholarships are available each year to students affiliated with a Kentucky Baptist church. Kentucky Baptist students entering Campbellsville University as a full-time freshman are eligible to apply. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years with a minimum 2.0 renewal GPA. Deadline for application to be submitted is March 15.

Students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and active involvement in their local Baptist church may apply for a Baptist Leadership Award. Each student who applies is evaluated based upon their church commitment, academic achievements and leadership experience in their local community, school and church.

Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and a letter of recommendation from their pastor. Several scholarships are awarded each year to eligible recipients. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years so long as the student meets the initial academic requirements. The deadline for application submission is Dec. 1.

Additional scholarships are available for missionary kids, Acteens, students with parents serving in clerical positions in a Kentucky Baptist church or institution and students who placed in the Baptist Youth Speaker’s Tournament.

Walters said, “CU remains church-connected and Baptist-related as evidenced by the substantial number of financial aid options to prospective students coming from Baptist congregations – along with our very large number of students studying in our Schools of Music and Theology and preparing for Christian service, our expanded church outreach teams, our very strong and active Church Relations Council, the goals of ‘Vision 2025’ which outline CU’s future as a ‘Christ-centered institution, our mission statement and statement of core values, strong faith commitment of our Board of Trustees and administration, etc.”

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.