Scholarships available for church members attending an accredited college or university during 2020-21 academic year
by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) students seeking their first associate or bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply now for scholarship awards through Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Financial Aid for Service at pcusa.org/apply4scholarships.
The scholarships for PC(USA) undergraduate students for up to $4,000, depending on need, align with the church’s Matthew 25 invitation, which encourages churches and mid councils to work at building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating structural poverty.
If need remains after the scholarship is awarded, students of color, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and those who represent the neediest 10 percent of students selected for the award based on remaining need and family contribution may be considered for an additional $2,000 in supplemental aid.
The biggest change this year is that National Presbyterian College Scholarship, Student Opportunity Scholarship, and Native American Education Grant have been merged into a single online application process. Financial Aid for Service reminds applicants that they alone should apply for the scholarship — not their parents or friends.
Renewal of the scholarships is not automatic. Students apply in the spring for awards that will be announced by June 30. Applications are evaluated based on the response to an essay and recommendations.
The deadline to apply for scholarship awards is May 15.
Parents of dependent undergraduates may apply for PC(USA) Parent Loan with features similar to a Federal Student Aid PLUS loan, but with a lower interest rate. Students may request information for this program, or parents can apply by visiting pcusa.org/parentloan.
Financial Aid for Service provides scholarships for up to 120 college students per year and awards more than $500,000 annually to students pursuing their first degree.
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