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 postsecondary education 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 (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 necessary for college/university attendance.
A full description of the Mary E. Bivins Foundation Religious Scholarship Program can be found here.