Bethesda Lutheran Communities to Award $32,000 in Scholarships

Published on March 14th, 2017

Bethesda Lutheran Communities is awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to create opportunities for the next generation and enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bethesda invites students to apply for one of several Bethesda Student Scholastic and Service Scholarships.

This year, Bethesda is awarding $32,000 in scholarships. Four $3,000 scholarships will be presented to current college students, six $3,000 scholarships to seminary students, and four $500 scholarships to high school seniors. Recipients will be announced in July.

“These scholarships are a great way for Bethesda to encourage the next generation of professionals who will minister with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Kim Trombley, vice president of Religious Life and Church Relations at Bethesda. “We are honored to support students who are living out their faith in their vocations in the field.”

The scholarships are offered in partnership with the Bethesda Auxiliary, a nationwide organization that reaches forward in faith, word and deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people who have developmental disabilities. Only active, communicant members of Lutheran congregations will be considered for the scholarships. All applications are due Monday, May 1, 2017. To apply or learn more, visit http://bethesdalutherancommunities.org/get-involved/scholarships/.

Scholarship opportunities for college and university students

Up to four $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Applicants must be classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited college or university, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Scholarships for seminary students

Six $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran seminarians displaying interest in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a congregational setting. To qualify, you must be a current college senior, accepted to begin seminary studies in the fall, or currently be classified as a first-year or second-year student at any seminary affiliated with the WELS, LCMS, ELCA, LCMC, ELS or NALC.

Scholarship opportunities for high school seniors

Up to four $500 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran high school seniors pursuing a postsecondary degree in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Applicants also are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities is a national, Christian organization providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We help people live the lives they want through programs across the United States. Learn more at www.BethesdaLutheranCommunities.org.