Funds are provided by Virginia Baptists for students from cooperating churches of the BGAV who need aid in financing their undergraduate education.
- An active member of a cooperating church of the Baptist General Association of Virginia for at least one (1) year prior to the beginning of an academic school year. Applicant must be recommended according to the guidelines included on the Pastor Confidential Reference Form, and endorsed by the church. The endorsing church must contribute financially to the Virginia portion of the Cooperative Missions budget.
- Enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in undergraduate study at an institution accredited by a Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognized accrediting agency.
- Agree not to apply for BGAV Achievement Scholarships, BGAV Achievement Scholarships for BGAV Academies, BGAV Ministerial Education Funds, or BGAV Nontraditional Ministry Education Scholarships simultaneously.
- Involved with the Chaplain’s Office, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, or other Christian ministries on or off campus and demonstrate the potential for Christian leadership.
- Maintain an average grade of “3.0” or higher.
- A full-time student.
- Scholarships are determined primarily by the following six criteria: scholastic ability, financial need, Christian service, community service, character, and demonstrated leadership.
- 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.
- Scholarship amounts are granted per student for the full school year and are determined by the amount of monies available.
- Scholarships are sent directly to the school to be applied toward tuition, with half being sent each semester.
- Those receiving the scholarship will be informed by letter, including the amount of the scholarship, by June 1 of each year.
- In order to be eligible to continue to receive a scholarship, an application must be submitted each year.
- Scholarships are considered as grants and are not expected to be repaid.
- Scholarships are only available for a maximum of four (4) years
- at the college level per recipient.
- Status: Open
- Award Range: Up to $1,000 per year
- Nonministerial students
- Full-time students
- Studying in an accredited program
- Requirements & General Information (above)
- Academic Level
- Undergraduate at an accredited school
- Repayment: These funds are to be considered as grants and have no expectation of being repaid.
- Deadline: Closes April 1 of each year
- Required Attachments (upload with online application, include with paper application – PDFs):
- Scholarship Application:
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 Achievement Scholarships are given each year by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds Committee to Virginia Baptist students who
- Attend an accredited school, and
- Meet all established requirements
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 six criteria to evaluate each applicant:
- Scholastic Ability
- Financial Need
- Christian Service
- Community Service
- 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.