The Education Commission of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board supports the ministry of three Baptist colleges in Georgia and administers several scholarship programs.
Approximately 90% of all students at Georgia Baptist colleges receive some form of financial aid. The colleges offer significant scholarships, grants, and loans including: academic, need-based, athletic, music, Pell grant, state Hope and equalization grants, loans and work-study programs and Georgia Baptist Mission Board funds. In many instances, financial aid reduces cost to students to no more than that of a state university. Contact colleges individually for specific information.
Baptist Student Achievement Awards
Each year the Education Commission, in cooperation with the Baptist colleges, awards 30 scholarships to outstanding Baptist high school seniors. Recipients receive $1,000 annually for up to four years while enrolled in Georgia Baptist colleges. Students must be active members of churches affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Academic achievement is primary but extracurricular activities and church involvement are also considered. All applicants must be nominated by their ministers. Nominations must be made by November 1 of the students’ senior years of high school.
The 2021 Student Achievement Awards is now open.
The Georgia Baptist Mission Board provides funds through its Cooperative Program budget to assist Baptist students who plan to enter church ministry vocations. Students apply at the financial aid offices of the institutions. In 2017, approximately 200 students received up to $720 per term in assistance. Funds are available for students considering the pastorate, missionary service, and church staff ministry.
Those considering bi-vocational ministry may also apply. This funding is a grant to students eventually serving in a ministerial vocation. It is to be repaid if the student does not continue in ministerial study or enter a church-related vocation and continue in ministry for three years.
The financial aid director of each college is responsible for ascertaining the needs and qualifications of each student making a request and must submit these applications to the Education Commission office. The grants are then forwarded to the college to be applied to the student’s tuition. If you would like more information, please fill out our on-line form.
Georgia Baptist Foundation
The Georgia Baptist Foundation manages more than 100 scholarships and loan funds that have been established through wills and trusts of individual Georgia Baptists. The Foundation works closely with the financial aid directors of the Georgia Baptist colleges in determining who receives these grants and loans, with application for the majority of these funds being made through the college financial aid offices.
Georgia Baptist Foundation
6405 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
All qualified Georgia Baptist students enrolled in Southern Baptist seminaries receive financial assistance from funds held in trust by the Georgia Baptist Foundation. Applications are available at each of the six Southern Baptist seminaries. See details and contact information on the seminaries tab at the top of this page.
MK Post-Secondary School Allowance
The North American and International Mission Boards provide scholarships for sons and daughters of these two respective boards. College and university students receiving these funds and attending schools in Georgia also receive Georgia WMU Burney Gifts. These are annual monetary gifts honoring Mrs. Frank Burney, former WMU state president and Margaret Fund chair.
Each year BWMU of Georgia grants a limited number of scholarships to women residing in Georgia who are attending Baptist seminaries. To qualify for one of these scholarships, students must indicate an evidence of need, commitment to missions, academic ability, strong character, good health, personal references and acceptance by a Baptist seminary. An application form may be downloaded from the state WMU office web site, https://georgiabaptistwomen.org/resources/#Scholarships. The application form must be completed and returned to the WMU office by March 1.
Georgia Baptist Children’s Home
Young people who are clients of Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries receive financial assistance through the budgeting of institutional funds which assist them through higher education and vocational training. The agency also has a limited amount of internships and apprenticeships available to Baptist students in various fields.
Georgia Baptist Children’s Home
PO Box 329
Palmetto, GA 30268
770-463-3800 / 800-252-0872
State and Federal Funds
Tuition Equalization Grants are available to many Georgia students, as are federal grants and loans. Amounts vary but may significantly impact total cost. Georgia Baptists have several resources to assist qualified students in their education. Representatives of the Education Commission, Georgia Baptist Foundation, or the institutions are always glad to talk with anyone interested in providing assistance to deserving students. Prospective donors are encouraged to contact any of the organizations listed in this brochure, all of whom will gratefully and faithfully utilize gifts according to the stated desires of the donor.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Dr. Steven F. Echols, President
As South Georgia’s Christian College, Brewton-Parker is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 1904, BPC is committed to being unapologetically Christian, academically strong, and proudly Baptist. The College’s mission is to develop the whole student through the application of biblically – centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values. Serving traditional students and adult learners at its main campus in Mount Vernon and external site in Newnan, the college offers programs of study ranging from English and Christian studies to biology and business. Thirty percent of graduates earn the bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in one of four different areas. In addition, Brewton-Parker is proud to offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit for free, both on campus and online through the Georgia Dual Enrollment Program. For more information: 1-800-342-1087 or visit www.bpc.edu.
Dr. Donald V. Dowless, President
Shorter University provides a transformational experience for students through the power of Jesus Christ. Our Christian faculty and staff guide students in a first-class educational experience while also caring about their spiritual development. Shorter’s aim is to help the students God has entrusted to us to be transformed into individuals who are fully prepared to embrace His plan for their lives. This Georgia Baptist institution has been consistently ranked among the South’s best comprehensive colleges. Shorter offers bachelor’s degrees with more than 40 majors as well as online, associate’s, master’s, and adult degree programs. For more information: 1-800-868-6980 or visit www.shorter.edu
Truett McConnell University
Dr. Emir Caner, President
Located in the beautiful Northeast Georgia Mountains, Truett McConnell University (TMU) equips students to fulfill the Great Commission by fostering a Christian worldview through a biblically centered education. All full-time faculty have signed the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. A school foundationally based on the Word of God, Truett McConnell offers a wide array of programs of study to prepare students for their God-given call in life, including Biology, Business Administration, Christian Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Exercise Science, Global Studies, History, Humanities, Music, Music Education, Nursing, and Psychology. Online programs of Business Administration, Christian Studies, Criminal Justice and Psychology are also available. We offer five graduate degrees, including Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Business Administration, which are offered online as well as residentially; Master of Science in Biology; Master of Education and the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. Residential students live and learn in a community of faith with personal attention from TMU faculty. For more information, call 706-865-2134 or visit www.truett.edu.
Georgia Baptist Colleges Information Request Form
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The seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention work to develop their students in a Biblically-based educational environment to fulfill the Great Commission and reach the world for Christ.
Located across the country, Southern Baptist Seminaries, under the lordship of Jesus Christ, are totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God and to being servants of the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by training, educating, and preparing ministers of the Gospel for more faithful service.
Serving over 13,400 students, the six seminaries and the Seminary Extension provide vital theological education for the current and future leaders of Southern Baptist Churches and missions.
Georgia Baptist Foundation offers financial assistance to all qualified Georgia Baptist students enrolled in Southern Baptist seminaries. The financial assistance is provided from funds held in trust by the Georgia Baptist Foundation. www.gbfoundation.org
BWMU of Georgia grants a limited number of scholarships each year to women residing in Georgia who are attending Baptist seminaries. To qualify for one of these scholarships, students must indicate an evidence of need, commitment to missions, academic ability, strong character, good health, personal references and acceptance by a Baptist seminary. An application form may be downloaded from the state WMU office web site, https://georgiabaptistwomen.org/resources/#Scholarships. The application form must be completed and returned to the WMU office by March 1.