1) What does resident of Virginia mean?
Virginia is your permanent state of residency and applicant has lived in the state of Virginia for at least one year.
2) What are examples of school, church, and community extracurricular activities?
School - Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Band, Sports, School Clubs, Step Team, Cheerleading, etc.
Community - Food Bank/Pantry, Volunteering for a non-profit organization, Senior Citizen Center, Library, etc.
Church - Youth Ministry, Usher Board, Choir, Step Team, Praise Dance, etc.
3) What are examples of leadership positions?
If applicant is the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or any position of leadership within the organization above your membership.
4) What is the Student Activity report?
The Student Activity Report (SAR) summarizes all the information you provided on your FAFSA.
5) What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the number that’s used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. This number results from the financial information you provided in your FAFSA application. Your EFC is reported to you on your Student Aid Report (SAR).
6) What does "member in good financial standing" mean?
The church bylaws Article XXIV have defined basic criteria for minimum acceptable financial standings demonstrated by contributing a minimum of $4.00 per Sunday or $208 per year to the church. Members are urged to tithe to cover their obligations of God as set forth in the teachings of Christ (See Genesis 14: 18-20, Malachi 3:8-10, Luke 11:42 and Luke 14:25-35 and Act 5:1-11).
7) Define active member for at least one year?
Actively partipicating in church worship, tithing, actively involved in one of the many church ministries.
8) How do I find out if my college or university is accredited?
The institution must be accredited and listed on the official web site of the U.S. Department of Education http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. Go to web site and enter name of college or university.
9) What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and how do I apply?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending college/university. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.
Apply by clicking here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
10) What is Christian Development?
Using the knowledge you have acquired about Jesus Christ through your participation in worship service, Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and bible study, and using this knowledge as an instrument of change in your life and community.
11) What is an application packet?
An application packet consists of all required documents that are needed in order for your application to be considered for the scholarship. See the application packet checklist.
12) What is the deadline to have application packet to the church?
Application packets must be postmarked by June 5, 2020. We will not accept any application packets after the postmark date.
13) How will the recipient(s) be notified?
A letter will be mailed to the recipient(s) in June.
14) What if I have additional questions?
15) How are applicants selected?
The Scholarship Selection Committee,appointed by the Christ Fund Scholarship Ministry, will evaluate the following criteria using a Scoring Rubric to select the recipient(s):
· academic performance (determined by GPA)
· financial need (EFC Score)
· participation in extracurricular activities
· 250 - 300 word essay (typed & double spaced)
· letters of recommendation
Christ Fund Scholarship Application Packet Check List
Please review your application for accuracy and to ensure all questions have been answered. Do not forget to sign your application. Also, make a copy of all your documents for your records. Place application and all required documents in one envelope and mail to the church. All application packets must be postmarked by June 5, 2020. We will NOTaccept any hand delivered application packets, incomplete application packets, or application packets postmarked after 6/5/2020.
A complete application packet consists of:
□ Completed Application
□ Official high school transcript
□ Page 1 of Student Aid Report (SAR) showing Expected Family Contribution
□ Acceptance Letter to the college/university that will be attended
□ Financial Aid Letter from college/university that will be attended
□ Letter of Recommendation from teacher
□ Letter of Recommendation from guidance counselor
□ Letter of Recommendation from church sponsor, if non-member
□ 250 – 300 word essay typed&double spaced