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Apply for the Christian Character Scholarship

Helping students fulfill God's call in their lives

Are you a senior who wants to continue your spiritual development through higher education?

Apply for the Christian Character Scholarship!

The GARBC offers a scholarship to as many as 24 high school seniors each year to help them both continue their spiritual development and serve local churches and ministries by pursuing a Christian higher education. Up to $25,000 in scholarships will be awarded by participating schools to selected students who exemplify Christian character and express an ongoing desire to invest their lives in local church ministry.

Awards are available in the following amounts:

  • 4 awards of $2,500 each
  • 10 awards of $1,000 each
  • 10 awards of $500 each
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Application Details

To apply for a Christian Character Scholarship, complete the following steps:
  • Submit your online application.
  • Follow up with your references to make sure they have submitted their forms. The GARBC Council of Eighteen will review all applications and select the most qualified students.
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Important Dates

  • Friday, September 1, 2023—online application available
  • Thursday, November 30, 2023—applications due
  • Friday, December 15, 2023—references due
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024—winners announced


It is your responsibility to ensure that your contacts submit their references. An automated prompt will go out to the people you designate as your references when you submit your application. You should contact them individually, as well, since emails coming from generic/unknown addresses often go to spam folders. Applications that do not have the references submitted will be lower in consideration when the evaluation process occurs.

Pastor's Reference FormDeacon's Reference FormSchool Reference Form

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Christian Character Scholarship?

The GARBC offers a scholarship to as many as 24 high school graduates each year, to help qualifying high school seniors both continue in their spiritual development and embark on their journey to serve in local churches and ministries.

Who should apply?

  • High school seniors graduating 2023–2024 school year
  • Students desiring to pursue Christian higher education with a school participating in the scholarship program
  • Students who exemplify godly Christian character through their service in the local church and their testimony in the community
  • Students who are an active part of a church in fellowship with Regular Baptist Churches

How are scholarship winners selected?

The GARBC Council of Eighteen reviews applications and selects the most qualified students who desire to pursue Christian higher education with a participating school, exemplify godly Christian character through their service and testimony in the community, and actively serve in a church in fellowship with the association.

Which colleges are participating?

  • Appalachian Bible College
  • Bob Jones University
  • Cedarville University
  • Clarks Summit University
  • Faith Baptist Bible College
  • Shasta Bible College

The Impact of Christian Character Scholarship

Jayda Archer
Cedarville University

Attending a Christian university would be impossible for me without the generosity of the GARBC and the Christian Character Scholarship. Through a series of trials during my junior year of high school, God made it abundantly clear that Cedarville University was where He wanted me for my freshman year of college; however, from a financial perspective, it seemed impossible. God has faithfully provided, and I would not be attending Cedarville without the Christian Character Scholarship. Thank you, GARBC, for enabling me to study in a Christian environment!

Emily Archer
Mother of Jayda Archer

As parents of a first-time college student, we were overwhelmed at the sheer cost of higher education, as well as the scholarship application process. The GARBC Christian Character scholarship was an answer to many prayers! The committee was very friendly to answer all of our first-time parent questions, and the application process was very user-friendly. Watching our daughter be awarded the Christian Character Scholarship was deeply encouraging to parents who have prayed over their child for years. Thank you, GARBC, for a wonderful opportunity for students to be financially awarded as they prepare to impact God’s Kingdom with their education!

Samuel Gravley
Faith Baptist Bible College,
Pastoral Studies

The CCS scholarship was a huge blessing to me! God used this scholarship to really give me a boost in confidence to keep pursuing the track on which He’s leading me. I’m excited to use this gift to learn more about Him at FBBC!

Dorothea Linscott
Faith Baptist College,
Music Education

The Christian Character Scholarship has helped fund my Bible college tuition and further my study of God’s Word. I highly valued the scholarship because of the thought that the GARBC put into evaluating the character of the individuals applying. The questions on the application were thought-provoking and helped me to think through my own beliefs. This was especially helpful as I would soon be off on my own at college. I would encourage high school seniors to apply for this scholarship to, if nothing else, reflect on their personal walk with the Lord and gain insight into their service in the church.

Cloe Crigger
Cedarville University,
Early Education

The scholarship has been a huge blessing and helped financially solidify that Cedarville is where God wants me right now.

Cody Crigger
Father of Cloe Crigger

As a parent, scholarships like the Christian Character Scholarship make Christian higher education an attainable goal for our children.

Interested in investing in the future leaders of the GARBC?

Donate to the Christian Character Scholarship Fund! Every donation—large or small—can affect Great Commission ministry.

Ways to Donate


Select Christian Character Scholarship in the drop-down menu.

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By Mail

Mail donation to:
Regular Baptist Ministries
PO Box 7321
Carol Stream, IL 60197-7321

Make checks payable to the GARBC and designate them “Christian Character Scholarship”

The GARBC is a 501(c)(3) organization to which all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.