ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The GARBC Christian Character Scholarship competition has awarded a total of $18,500 to 14 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, Carolina University, 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 each received $2,500 scholarships:

Andrew Burman
Temple Baptist Church
Lincoln, Nebraska
Cloe Crigger
Soteria Des Moines
West Des Moines, Iowa
Brenna Penrod
Temple Baptist Church
Lincoln, Nebraska
Katherine Wood
First Baptist Church
Elyria, Ohio

The following students each received $1,000 scholarships:

Katelyn Case
First Baptist Church
Willowick, Ohio
Dori Linscott
Brown Street Baptist Church
Alton, Illinois
Grace Nelson
Soteria Des Moines
West Des Moines, Iowa
Isabelle Overton
First Baptist Church
Princeton, Indiana
Sarah Swailes
Hagerman Baptist Church
Waterloo, Iowa
Ethan Taylor
Altoona Regular Baptist Church
Altoona, Iowa
Isaac Williamson
Berean Baptist Church
Pella, Iowa

The following students each received $500 scholarships:

Chance Eden
Hillcrest Baptist Church
Algona, Iowa
Karis Fenton
Bethel Baptist Church
Erie, Pennsylvania
Casey Gerig
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Columbus, Ohio

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.

“The Christian Character Scholarship is one of the ways our association of churches strives to honor and encourage Biblical and dynamic disciple-making in our churches,” says Council of 18 member Brian Cederquist, pastor of Good News Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. “Reading through the applications gives a small glimpse into the great efforts our churches are making to invest in the next generation of leaders.”

Tim Moore, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Mason City, Iowa, has served on the GARBC Christian Character Scholarship committee for the last two years. Each year he has been “highly impressed by the Christian testimony and quality of character of the students that have applied.”

“The tagline for our fellowship is ‘Making disciples through healthy local churches,'” Tim says. “If the students that have applied for this scholarship are any indication, I believe our fellowshipping churches are successfully discipling the next generation for God’s glory!”

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 scholarship.garbc.org.