The Educational Scholarship Committee oversees several scholarships and loans for educational purposes. Those interested in learning more about these possibilities may contact the church office for more information.

 

The Higher Education Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by action of the church council on September 27, 1998. This fund is “to assist those students needing extra assistance in pursuing an education at the undergraduate or graduate level.” The committee’s guidelines include:

  1. Contributions to the fund are made without reference to any particular student’s benefit.
  2. Scholarship may be approved in various amounts, depending on the committee’s evaluation of the student’s need and sincerity of purpose.
  3. Any student may apply in any given semester.
  4. Periodic evaluation of the program will be done by the Educational Assistance Committee.

 

The Ina M. and Elmer L. Huffman Educational Loan Fund

To honor their parents, this fund was established at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren on 15 September 1976 by the children of Ina M. & Elmer L. Huffman. The purpose of the fund is to provide partial financial support for worthy individuals who are pursuing higher education.

It is the hope of the children and their families that other persons or groups whose lives have been touched by Ina & Elmer Huffman will also contribute to the fund.

This fund is administered by a committee appointed by the Board of Administration of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren and will continue to serve until specifically replaced by the Board. The honorees and members of their immediate families who reside in the local community are ex-officii and play an advisory role in the administration of the fund including any and all amendments to this document.

 

The International Education Scholarship Fund

The purpose of this fund is to assist international students in pursuing an education in their home country for high school, college, or vocational school in order to become productive and empowered citizens of their communities.  This fund was established by action of the church council in 2015.  The committee’s guidelines include:

  1. Administration:
    • This fund is administered by the Educational Assistance Committee.
    • Periodic evaluation of the program will be done by the Educational Assistance Committee.
  1. Donating to the fund:
    • Funds are received through special donations from individuals and not through the church budget.
    • Contributions to the fund are made without reference to any particular student.
  1. Eligibility:
    • Eligible candidates will be nominated by persons who attend or who have connections to the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.
    • Persons nominating candidates will submit a nomination form for each candidate.
    • Photographic documentation for each candidate will be required, including government-issued photo identification and additional photographs of candidate. Electronic submissions are allowed.
    • Proof of enrollment in eligible educational program or documentation of intended educational program will be required.
    • Applications will include projected or current educational expenses per month.
    • The Educational Assistance Committee will review all applicants and notify the candidate and the nominating person of their decision.

 

More information about these scholarships and loans is available through the church office, where applications may also be obtained.  Contributions to these scholarship and loan programs are welcomed and can be made as gifts to the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren. Please include the name of the loan or scholarship to which your gift should be directed.