PHPC Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 19, 2016
PHPC scholarship funds are awarded in two primary categories: Church Leadership Scholarship Awards and College Freshman Scholarship Awards.
I. CHURCH LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
All Church Leadership Scholarship Awards (CLSA) recognize an individual’s involvement and leadership in the PHPC Youth Group, as well as other church activities, and her or his commitment to mission and service through the church and in the community. Most have common criteria and application requirements. However, two of the scholarships have location-specific criteria, four consider financial need, and one requires a second essay. Some of the awards are potentially renewable from one year to the next; amounts awarded as Church Leadership Scholarships vary but the Scholarship Committee tries to adhere to a minimum of $1,000.
CLSAs with common criteria?
Most of the scholarships that bear a person’s name were established to honor him/her by providing financial support for higher education to a young person who has demonstrated exceptional involvement, leadership, and service, as noted above. They are not based on financial need and can be used at any accredited institution of higher education.
CLSAs with specific criteria or additional requirements?
Several funds have specific restrictions or requirements.
Criteria regarding institution
- The Catherine Rose Scholarship is awarded to a student attending Yale University,
- The Paul M. Lander Scholarship is awarded to a student attending TCU.
Criteria regarding documented financial need
- Frances and Luther Ellison Scholarships
- Alan and Jeanne Dodds Scholarship
- Genesis I Scholarship
- Paul M. Lander Scholarship (TCU)
Applications for these four scholarships – Ellison, Dodds, Lander, and Genesis I – require submission of a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at fafsa.com or fafsaonline.com) OR the PHPC Foundation Financial Statement in addition to the Application Form, essay, and transcript. You need to submit this financial information, along with all other application materials, to the Church Finance Officer, who is the only person who will see the completed financial reports. This person will provide a high-level summary/assessment of the financial needs of the applicants relative to one another to the Scholarship Committee.
Criteria and additional requirement for the Jonathan Roorda Scholarship
The Jonathan Roorda Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior, an undergraduate, or a graduate student who is a top honor student with well-defined goals and who demonstrates the discipline and leadership needed to achieve these goals. In short, the recipient will possess the same hunger and passion for learning and achievement that Jonathan, the late son of previous associate pastor Rev. Dr. Erv and Andrea Roorda, did. This scholarship is not based on need, but rather is a special recognition and reward for someone who has worked hard and succeeded.
The application process for the Roorda Scholarship requires that, in addition to the Application Form, essay, and transcript, you must write a 300-400 word essay describing what excites you about learning and what future benefits you see growing from that excitement.
As a first-time applicant for a Church Leadership Scholarship, you will need to submit the following:
- The PHPC Scholarship Application Form (available on main Foundation page www.phpc.org/foundation)
- A personal essay of at least 600 - 800 words, that “introduces” you to the Scholarship Committee and is focused on the following four areas:
- Your involvement and leadership in PHPC youth group and church (during grades 9-12);
- Your commitment to mission and service through the church and in the community;
- Ways in which the church has been important in your life and development thus far; and
- Your plans (at this point) for college and future.
- Your most recent transcript
- A FAFSA form OR the PHPC Foundation Financial Statement (available on main Foundation page www.phpc.org/foundation)IF you wish to be considered for the Ellison, Dodds, Lander, or Genesis I Scholarships.
- A second essay IF you wish to apply for the Roorda Scholarship.
All materials must be sent to the Church Financial Officer and received in the church office by email, regular mail or hand-delivery no later than 4 p.m. on February 19, 2016. Any application received after this date will not be considered.
II. COLLEGE FRESHMEN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
- Individuals who apply for but are not awarded a CLSA
- Individuals who apply directly for CFSs
These one-time awards are based not on financial need or extent of church involvement, but on the church’s desire to recognize and support its young people as they embark on their new educational ventures. The amount of these awards varies annually.
To apply for a College Freshman Scholarship, you need to submit the following:
- The PHPC Scholarship Application Form (available on main Foundation page phpc.org/foundation)
- A personal essay of 400-600 words, detailing your involvement in PHPC’s Youth Group, ways in which the church has been important in your development to this point, and your plans for the future.
- No financial form or transcript is needed.
All materials are to be sent to the Church Financial Officer and must be received in the church office by email, regular mail or hand-delivery no later than 4 p.m. on February 19, 2016. Any application received after this date will not be considered.
The Ellison scholarship award is potentially a multi-year award The school specific awards (Lander and Rose) and Genesis I & II may be renewed, however, renewal applicants will have second priority in award decisions, with preference given to entering college freshmen.
Scholarship instructions and applications are available for downloading from this website. At this time, they cannot be completed online.
The deadline for applying for a scholarship for 2016-17 is February 19, 2016.