The purpose of the Mary E. Bivins Religious Scholarship Program is to educate ministers to preach the Christian religion. An applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America and a permanent resident of the northernmost twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle.
A permanent resident of the Texas Panhandle is defined as an individual who has resided in or been gainfully employed in the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle for the 12 months preceding the date of application or who graduated from a high school in the Panhandle and has been continuously enrolled in a post-secondary education program since leaving the Panhandle.
See map of the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle below.
Scholarships are provided for upper-level undergraduate (junior or senior only) and graduate education leading to a bachelors or masters degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion or enter into vocational ministry. Individuals must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above or a graduate GPA of 3.0 or above to apply. Scholarship awards are to be used for tuition, books, fees, and other expenses necessary for college/university attendance.
A full description of the Mary E. Bivins Religious Scholarship Program can be found here.