Seminary Scholarship Program

In 1961 the Ethel Cockburn Legacy was established and only the interest earned would be used to help students preparing for the ministry after completing college.  In 2002 the Lillian Kunzman Hickey Memorial Seminary Fund was set up to enhance the program and provide a larger fund.  Again, only the interest can be used to assist seminary students.

Purpose: To encourage young people to prepare for full-time Christian ministry.

Scholarships: Amounts vary according to funds available and number of applicants.
Applications: Accepted through June 20

Qualifications: Full Time students only.  (Bible college students are not eligible for scholarships through this program.  They are encouraged to apply for scholarship aid through the Higher Education Scholarship Program of the church.)

Program Details:

A.    Eligible seminaries are those considered evangelically Christian.  Specifically, they would hold to a historic Protestant, orthodox, conservative understanding of the central doctrines of the Christian faith.  Final decisions will be made by the Scholarship Committee.

B.    In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be a member of First Baptist Church and have attended a First Baptist Church morning worship service at least 75% of the time in the year prior to their enrollment.

C.    Once enrolled in a seminary, in order to continue to be eligible for scholarship funds the person must attend a First Baptist Church morning worship service at least 75% of the time when in the Wellsboro area. The Committee may also discontinue the scholarship funds of a student whose lifestyle is not consistent with the teachings of Christ. This will be up to the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

D.    Each year a Scholarship Committee is appointed by the Board of Missions in accordance with the constitution. The Committee meets following the closing date specified above for receiving applications and prior to June 25. For students attending a with a matching scholarship program, the appropriate form(s) must accompany the application so the institution can be notified prior to the deadline it may have. No scholarships are usually given during the rest of the year.

E.    Checks are normally given as follows: One half of the scholarship is given at the beginning of the school year and one half after the completion of the first semester, providing the student submits a statement via the online form at (available Dec. 1) or by letter to the Scholarship Committee c/o the church office by December 20 stating that he/she has successfully completed his/her first semester and has registered for a second semester.

F.    All aspects of the scholarship program may be changed, without notice, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

(Note: The scholarship money is nontaxable to the student as long as a) the student is a candidate for a degree at an educational institution, and b) the money is used for tuition and fees to enroll in or attend the educational institution or to pay for books, supplies, or equipment required of all students for a course or courses at the educational institution. The scholarship money is taxable if used by the student for room and board, travel, or other services.  The student would then be responsible for reporting it to the IRS as income.)

By clicking on "Seminary Scholarship Form" I am acknowledging that I have read the above scholarship program information and am in agreement with it.  (This link will take you to the Seminary Scholarship application form.)