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
o who has resided in the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle for the 12-month period immediately preceding the date of application;
o who has been gainfully employed in the northernmost 26-county area for a 12-month period immediately preceding the date of application;
o or who graduated from a high school in the Panhandle and has been continuously enrolled in a Bachelors and/or Masters program since leaving the Panhandle.
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. Priority will be given to students intending to serve as pulpit pastors upon graduation.
Scholarship awards are $2,500 per semester for undergraduate students classified as a junior or senior and $3,500 per semester for graduate students. Graduate students employed in a full-time pastoral role by a church located within the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle who have been approved to attend school part-time per scholarship guidelines will receive $2,500 per semester. Scholarship awards are to be used for tuition, books, fees, and other expenses as necessary for college/university attendance.