Skip to main content
Church NewsMinistry Highlights

GARBC Christian Character Scholarship Announces Winners

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The GARBC Christian Character Scholarship competition has awarded a total of $16,000 to 13 high school seniors from GARBC churches. The competition was open to seniors who exemplify Christian character and express an ongoing desire to serve God through the local church.

These scholarships are being funded and awarded by participating colleges, with matching dollar amounts, as available, given through the GARBC Christian Character Scholarship fund. The colleges providing scholarships are Appalachian Bible College, Bob Jones University, Cedarville University, Clarks Summit University, Faith Baptist Bible College, and Shasta Bible College.

Whether students plan to pursue vocational ministry or enter the secular workforce, attending a Christian college or university will help students develop a Biblical worldview so they can start their careers on the right foot and prepare to serve in their churches.

The following students received $2,500 scholarships:

Kiley Cizauskas
First Baptist Church of Rochester
Rochester Hills, Michigan
Lily Seaver
Shelby Road Baptist Church
Shelby, Michigan
John Swailes
Hagerman Baptist Church
Waterloo, Iowa

The following students received $1,000 scholarships:

Grace Bolyard
Grace Baptist Church
Twin Falls, Idaho
Nathaniel Borling
Berean Baptist Church
Portage, Michigan
Breanna Brooks
North Eulalia Baptist Church
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Jackson Carper
Gretna Baptist Church
Gretna, Nebraska
Annika Sher
Good News Baptist Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Becky Smith
Litchfield Baptist Church
Litchfield, Ohio
Katherine Wooster
Calvary Baptist Church
Manning, Iowa

The following students each received $500 scholarships:

Caleb Hayes
Grace Baptist Church
Grand Island, Nebraska
Havyn Hayes
Grace Baptist Church
Grand Island, Nebraska
Caleb Wilkening
First Baptist Church
Colville, Washington


Judges for the scholarship program, which has replaced the GARBC’s Talents For Christ program, comprise Council of 18 members and Regular Baptist Ministries staff.

“Reading through this year’s applicants’ was such a blessing,” says Council of 18 member Brian Cederquist, pastor of Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. “You really get a glimpse into the discipleship ministries of the churches of the GARBC. I am more excited than ever for how God is continuing to make disciples through healthy local churches within our association!”

The GARBC would like to match the colleges’ scholarship amounts to further support these students as they pursue a life of serving God. Give to the GARBC Christian Character Scholarship fund by May 31 at