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National Presbyterian College Scholarship

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The National Presbyterian College Scholarship program was created in partnership with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s related colleges and universities in the 1950s. The program seeks to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian related schools. In 2010 the Office of Financial Aid for revised certain elements of the program to promote leadership development and discernment of vocation.

Twenty-five to thirty students will be selected for award. Those students will have an opportunity to renew the scholarship provided that they maintain a 2.5 GPA, participate in campus ministry or regularly attend church during college, and participate in discernment of vocation through a series of essay questions that ask the student to consider who God is calling them to be.

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Criteria

Eligible applicants will be Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members, entering college in fall 2014, who demonstrate financial need. To maintain eligibility the student must remain enrolled at a Presbyterian related college or university and achieve a 2.5 grade point average.

  • Demonstrate financial need. To learn more about "need" and use a calculator to estimate Expected Family Contribution and Need, visit FinAid's EFC Calculator.

 


Range of awards

Up to $1,500.00


Deadline

March 1, 2014

Application

No longer accepting applications for rising freshmen

Renewal applications will be sent to students by email no later than April 1


Living into her gifts

National Presbyterian College Scholarship recipient, Minna Kara Pritchard, thrives at Queens University of Charlotte

By Drew Stockstill

Minna Pritchard with her mentors

Minna Pritchard (center) with mentors, Shelvis Smith-Mathers and Neema Cyrus Franklin.Photo courtesy of Minna Pritchard.

Decatur, Ga.- The Presbyterian Church has been home to Minna Kara Pritchard since the first grade.

Today the college freshman – who is originally from College Park Ga. – is completing her first semester at Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) with the assistance of the National Presbyterian College Scholarship (NPCS) program. NPCS, which was started in partnership with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s related colleges and universities in the 1950s, is designed to assist Presbyterian students attending Presbyterian-related schools.

“It feels like it’s a good fit for me,” said Pritchard of her new school.

Pritchard’s Presbyterian family is incredibly important to her. Through the years, she has taken advantage of all that the connectional church community has to offer, discovering and exploring her own gifts and finding her voice

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‘Every child deserves an education’ - Ciera Minor

Ciera Minor

Ciera Minor. Photo by Rod Pritchard, Coe College.

Throughout Ciera Minor’s young life, role reversals have been the rule rather than the exception.

Prior to entering into the foster care system, Minor was raised in an unstable household where both parents were addicted to drugs and alcohol and were rarely at home.  A mere child herself, Minor became parent to her three younger siblings.

Because she was already functioning in that capacity, the young student also knew from an early age that she would one day be a teacher. “I have wanted to teach my entire life,” she said, “as far back as I can remember playing school with my sisters.”

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