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Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds

Scholarships and ministerial education funds available for eligible students

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Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the BGAV provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

The BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee oversees these funds and makes the following awards to Virginia Baptist Students who meet all established criteria:

BGAV Academy Scholarships

College Scholarships

Ministerial Education Funds

Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarships

Church Internship Grants

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Academy Scholarships

Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for students from cooperating churches of the BGAV who need aid in financing their education at one of the BGAV-partnering academies.

General Requirements

The Applicant Must/Must Be:

Scholarship Information

  1. Scholarships are determined primarily by the following five criteria: financial need, Christian service, community service, character, and demonstrated leadership.
  2. Scholarship amounts are granted per student for the full school year and are determined by the amount of monies available.
  3. Scholarships are sent directly to the school to be applied toward tuition, with half being sent each semester.
  4. Those receiving the scholarship will be informed by letter, including the amount of the scholarship, by June 1 of each year.
  5. In order to be eligible to continue to receive a scholarship, an application must be submitted each year.
  6. Scholarships are considered as grants and are not expected to be repaid.
  7. Scholarships are only available for a maximum of four (4) years at the academy level.

Through the vision and stewardship of faithful Virginia Baptists, the Baptist General Association of Virginia has offered scholarships to deserving recipients for many years. Through Cooperative Missions gifts of Virginia Baptists around the state, students are able to receive scholarships to assist in their education.

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is committed to the development of emerging leaders of all ages for advancing the Redeemer’s Kingdom. To that end, the BGAV is committed to financially aiding emerging leaders in their educational development.

BGAV Academy Scholarships are given each year by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee to Virginia Baptist students who

At the Academy level, awards are limited to four (4) years.

Through these means, a continuing relationship between the applicant and the Baptist General Association of Virginia will develop.

The scholarships are limited in number and amount. The BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee uses five criteria to evaluate each applicant:

Recipients are expected to show academic promise, be involved with the Chaplain’s Office, Church, or other Christian ministries on or off campus, and to demonstrate the potential for Christian leadership.

Note: Qualifying applicants are encouraged to apply annually.

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College Scholarships

Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for students from cooperating churches of the BGAV who need aid in financing their undergraduate education.

General Requirements

The Applicant Must/Must Be:

Scholarship Information

  1. Scholarships are determined primarily by the following six criteria: scholastic ability, financial need, Christian service, BGAV commitment, and demonstrated leadership.
  2. Scholarships will be awarded using a priority of: (1) existing BGAV educational partners, and (2) public and private colleges and universities approved by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee.
  3. Scholarship amounts are granted per student for the full school year and are determined by the amount of monies available.
  4. Scholarships are sent directly to the school to be applied toward tuition, with half being sent each semester.
  5. Those receiving the scholarship will be informed, including the amount of the scholarship, by June 1 of each year.
  6. In order to be eligible to continue to receive a scholarship, an application must be submitted each year.
  7. Scholarships are considered as grants and are not expected to be repaid.
  8. Scholarships are only available for a maximum of four (4) years at the college level per recipient.

Through the vision and stewardship of faithful Virginia Baptists, the Baptist General Association of Virginia has offered scholarships to deserving recipients for many years. Through Cooperative Missions gifts of Virginia Baptists around the state, students are able to receive scholarships to assist in their education.

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is committed to the development of emerging leaders of all ages for advancing the Redeemer’s Kingdom. To that end, the BGAV is committed to financially aiding emerging leaders in their educational development.

BGAV College Scholarships are given each year by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee to Virginia Baptist students who

Through these means, a continuing relationship between the applicant and the Baptist General Association of Virginia will develop.

The scholarships are limited in number and amount. The BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee uses five criteria to evaluate each applicant: scholastic ability, financial need, Christian service, BGAV commitment, and demonstrated leadership.

Recipients are expected to maintain an average grade of “3.0” or higher, be involved with the Chaplain’s Office, Baptist Collegiate Ministry or other Christian ministries on or off campus, and to demonstrate the potential for Christian leadership.

Note: Qualifying applicants are encouraged to apply annually.

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Ministerial Education Funds

Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for ministerial students from cooperating churches of the BGAV who need aid in financing their undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry.

General Requirements

The Applicant Must/Must Be:

Scholarship Information

  1. Aid is determined by the Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee’s assessment of scholastic ability, financial need, Christian service, community service, vocational clarity, BGAV commitment, and other factors.
  2. Aid is not available for studies toward graduate /advanced degrees beyond Master’s degree level.
  3. Courses taken on an extension campus or through on-line/distance learning programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if funds are available. Funds will be distributed each semester.
  4. For full-time students, aid is available for a maximum of four (4) years at the undergraduate level and four (4) years at the graduate level.
  5. For part-time students, aid is available at a reduced amount with a six (6) year limit at the undergraduate level and a six (6) year limit at the graduate level.
  6. Aid amounts are granted per student for the full school year and are determined by the amount of monies available.
  7. Aid is sent directly to the school, with half being sent each semester.
  8. Those receiving assistance will be informed, including the amount of the assistance, by June 1 of each year.
  9. In order to be eligible to continue to receive support, an application must be submitted each year.

Through the vision and stewardship of faithful Virginia Baptists, the Baptist General Association of Virginia has offered Ministerial Education Funds to deserving recipients for many years.Through the generous gifts of Virginia Baptists like Julian A. Hudgens, Anna Lethia Carter, Ruth Camp Campbell, Jack E. and Virginia A. Boyles, Alpheus Chewning, Jr., and the Cooperative Missions gifts of Virginia Baptists around the state, students are able to receive financial assistance in their education.

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is committed to the development of emerging leaders of all ages for advancing the Redeemer’s Kingdom. To that end, the BGAV is committed to financially aiding emerging leaders in their educational development.

BGAV Ministerial Education Funds are given each year to Virginia Baptist students who

Through these means, a continuing relationship between the applicant and the Baptist General Association of Virginia will develop.

Funds are limited in number and amount. Recipients are expected to work approximately 2-6 hours per school week in a practical ministry experience related to their vocational calling.

An applicant will select a minister to serve as his/her designated mentor related to his/her work. Applicants are expected to work through a BGAV church or a BGAV-related ministry while attending school in Virginia. Students studying outside Virginia are expected to work through a Baptist church or a Baptist-related ministry while attending school.

Note: An evaluation by the mentor and student is required at the end of each semester. This evaluation will help determine the student’s eligibility to receive additional monies again, if reapplication is made for the following year.

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Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarships

Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for ministerial and lay leaders from cooperating churches of the BGAV in accessing training and continuing education opportunities provided by the BGAV and BGAV ministry partners.

  • Status: Open - Apply Now!
  • Award Range: up to 1/3 course cost
  • Criteria: Ministers and lay leaders
  • Part-time students
  • Enrolled through the Baptist General Association of Virginia, Appalachian School of Theology, Averett University, Bluefield College, Campbell University Divinity School, Duke Divinity School, Gardner-Webb University, the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, McAfee School of Theology, Northern Seminary, and George W. Truett Seminary
  • Requirements
  • General Information
  • Academic Level: Non-degree (studying in a non-degree program with an emphasis in continuing education for ministry in a local church)
  • Repayment: These funds are to be considered as grants and have no expectation of being repaid.

General Requirements

The Applicant Must/Must Be:

  • An active member of a cooperating church of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) for at least one (1) year prior to the initial application for funds. The endorsing church must contribute financially to the Virginia portion of the Cooperative Missions budget.
  • A part-time student who is in a non-degree program of study with an emphasis in continuing education for ministry in the local church.
  • Agree not to apply for BGAV College Scholarships, BGAV Ministerial Education Funds, or BGAV Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarships.

Scholarship Information

  1. Scholarship amounts are granted per student for the semester and are determined by the amount of monies available per applicant per course.
  2. Scholarships are sent directly to the sponsoring BGAV ministry partner and credited to the applicant’s tuition. It is expected that the student, his or her church, and the respective ministry partner will share in the cost of matriculation.
  3. Those receiving the scholarship will be informed by letter, including the amount of the scholarship.
  4. In order to be eligible to continue to receive a scholarship, an application must be submitted each semester.
  5. Scholarships are considered as grants and are not expected to be repaid.
  6. Scholarships are available to cover up to 1/3 the cost of a course with a maximum of three (3) courses per semester and a maximum of six (6) courses per year.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted each semester. Scholarship applications are due into the BGAV Scholarship Office by the 15th day of the calendar month preceding the class start date (example: class starts on January 12, applications are due by December 15).

  • Through the vision and stewardship of faithful Virginia Baptists, the Baptist General Association of Virginia has offered scholarships to deserving recipients for many years. Through Cooperative Missions gifts of Virginia Baptists around the state, students are able to receive scholarships to assist in their education.
  • The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is committed to the development of emerging leaders of all ages for advancing the Redeemer’s Kingdom. To that end, the BGAV is committed to financially aiding emerging leaders in their educational development.
  • BGAV Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarships are given each year by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee to Virginia Baptist students who meet all established requirements. Through these means, a continuing relationship between the applicant and the Baptist General Association of Virginia will develop.
  • BGAV Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarships assist BGAV church leaders in accessing training and continuing education opportunities provided by the Baptist General Association of Virginia and its ministry partners.
  • These scholarships are intended to assist nontraditional students, who are defined as: part-time students who are in non-degree programs of study with an emphasis in continuing education for ministry in the local church.
  • Clergy and lay leaders who have a financial need and are active members of a cooperating church of the BGAV may apply for a scholarship for up to one-third the cost of an educational offering sponsored by a ministry partner.
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Church Internship Grants

The purpose of the Church Internship Grant is to encourage a greater number of non-seminary students to serve as interns throughout Virginia Baptist churches.

The hope is that the internship will be used for the educational development of non-seminary students as they are exploring and responding to a call to ministry.  The internship program will be flexible in time period and type of ministry to explore with the overall goal to expand the pipeline of vocationally trained leaders for the church.

Overview

Expectations of the Host Church

Expectations of the Intern

Hiring

Finances

Reports

Long Range Goals

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