2021 Holy Trinity Scholarship
In response to God’s call to serve others, “The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund” has been established. Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and all other ELCA Lutheran congregations in Wythe and Bland Counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications may be obtained from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a high school senior who is enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program at a four–year college, university, community college or person who is a college graduate and has enrolled full-time at a Lutheran Seminary. The seminary scholarship is intended for those transitioning directly from college to seminary. The total scholarship award will be up to $10,000.
The scholarship award will be distributed as follows:
- Students enrolled in four year colleges, universities or community colleges (other than Wytheville Community College) and Lutheran Seminaries will receive $1,250 at the beginning of the fall and spring semester paid directly to the college, university or seminary. Requests to defer the award for semesters during which a paid internship or co-op experience are included as part of the student’s curriculum will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- Students enrolled in Wytheville Community College who are recipients of the Wythe Bland Foundation Scholarship will be awarded up to $1000 per academic year. Up to five Hundred dollars ($500) will be provided during the fall and spring semesters of each academic year for the purchase of class textbooks and required supplies eligible for reimbursement with the mandatory, original receipt. Upon transfer to a four year college or university, the remaining balance of the $10,000 will be equally distributed directly to the college or university at the beginning of the remaining fall and spring semesters.
- Requests to defer the award for semesters during which a paid internship or co-op experience are included as part of the student’s curriculum will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- Changes in award amounts or use in post-graduate studies for those students successful in dual credit courses during high school and having the potential of completion of their college degrees in fewer than 4 academic years will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- Must be a member of an ELCA Lutheran Church located in Wythe or Bland Counties, Virginia, for a minimum of three years at the time of matriculation, or a child of a full-time employee of one of these congregations.
- Must be active in the programs of the Church and in the community at large.
- Must provide a signed pastoral checklist in a sealed envelope which documents an active relationship with the Church.
- Must graduate from high school with an overall (cumulative) 2.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or if enrolling in seminary, must graduate from college with and overall (cumulative) 2.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- Must be accepted as a full time student at an accredited four-year college or university, community college, or Lutheran seminary.
- Must be of good moral character as indicated by a high school counselor, teacher, or principal and the pastor of the church.
- Must demonstrate a need for financial assistance at the beginning of the scholarship year,
- Must submit an application from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
- Must submit a copy of his/her Student Aid Report (SAR) with the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This information will be reviewed by a CPA or Financial Aid advisor and held in strict confidence.
- Must submit an essay; Topic: How will your continued education support your life, faith and career goals?
- Must have the scholastic portion of the application certified by the high school principal or guidance counselor.
- Must provide two letters of recommendation—one from a high school principal, teacher, or guidance counselor and one from a person contact addressing candidate’s moral character, activities in church and community programs and / or financial need.
- Must maintain at least a cumulative 2.25 grade point average on a 4.0 throughout collegiate or seminary enrollment and must submit a copy of his/her grades to the church office following each academic semester.
- Must submit a statement from his/her pastor demonstrating a continuing relationship with the church and evidence of good moral character by June 30 following each academic year.