Appalachian AC Association Scholarship Fund

Sponsored by

Appalachian Advent Christian Association

Scholarship Amount

Maximum of $1,000 per semester for eight semesters for full-time undergraduate studies and 33% of the tuition cost for part-time undergraduate studies.

For graduate studies, a maximum of $135 per credit hour to a total of $13,000 will be loaned. For non-traditional programs, i.e. Antioch School for Church Planting and Leadership Development, a maximum of one-half the total cost paid on a six-month basis to a total of $3,600.

Scholarship Purpose & Description

A loan to assist in obtaining a degree, or pursuing credit hours from an accredited institution of higher learning in order to prepare for ministry.

Geographic Restrictions

Students in the Appalachian Region

Qualifications & Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a member in good standing of an Advent Christian church in the Appalachian Region.
  • Sense a call from God to ministry and make a commitment to serve through the AC Church
  • The qualifying majors or minors are: pastor, missionary, Christian education/youth ministry, Christian counseling and church music/worship leadership.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 per semester the first two years of undergraduate classes and 3.0 every year thereafter. A 3.0 must be maintained for graduate classes.

The undergraduate student will:

  • Satisfactorily complete a related internship program.
  • Complete three specific AC courses determined by and paid for by the Appalachian Advent Christian Assoc. (see study requirements).

The region will provide AC books for use as a resource and reference. Graduate students who are not enrolled in a school with AC courses will:

Graduate students who are not enrolled in a school with AC courses will:

  • Complete three specific AC courses determined by and paid for by the Appalachian Advent Christian Assoc. (This may be waived by the Loan Committee upon proof of prior completion of AC course work.)

Application Procedure

  • Make application to the Loan Committee on Higher Education of the AACA.
  • Letters of recommendation from the student’s pastor and church. For students already serving in ministry, a letter of recommendation will be submitted from the Superintendent of the Appalachian Region and one from the Ministerial Committee of the respective Conference.
  • Sign the agreement form provided by the committee.
  • Be interviewed and approved by the Loan Committee. (The Loan Committee will report to the Board of Directors of the AACA regarding the decision.)

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Repayment Information (If Applicable)

The student who serves full-time or bi-vocationally in Advent Christian ministry will receive a 20% reduction of the total loan for each year he/she serves the denomination. For those serving on a volunteer basis in a leadership capacity, such as youth leader or choir director, a reduction of 10% of the total loan will be given for each year he/she serves the denomination. Verification of service will be completed by the church pastor each year. Should the student not complete or not fulfill the obligation of service, then repayment of the loan will begin immediately.

Contact

Mrs. Palma Neal
2321 Tarheel Place
Lenoir, NC 28645
Telephone: 828-758-4041
Email: nealfam@charter.net