Tabernacle Baptist Church Memorial Scholarship/Benevolence Fund
Tabernacle Baptist Church has a fund established in memory of a number of its past members. The fund exists for two purposes:
- To assist the family members of Tabernacle who plan to continue their education in college or seminary programs. Scholarships are offered each year for study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
- To provide limited benevolent assistance to family members of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
The fund is administered by a committee of the church consisting of:
- The Chairman of Deacons
- The Chairman of the Trustees
- The Church Treasurer
Should any of these individuals be donors or applicants to the fund, they would be ineligible to serve on the committee, and their position would be filled by the vice-chairman of Deacons, the vice-chair of the Trustees or the Vice-Treasurer.
Applicants to the fund must be:
- Members or family members of Tabernacle Baptist Church. Family members are defined as spouse or dependent sons and daughters.
- For educational assistance, applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school or have enrolled in a post graduate course of study in a Baptist seminary.
The principal of the fund will not be available for educational or benevolent distributions.
Educational awards will be granted from the interest earned on the fund. Awards may be for a maximum of $1,000 each per year. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
Benevolent assistance may be provided at the discretion of the Committee to family members of Tabernacle Baptist Church. The combined total of all benevolent assistance provided in a calendar shall not exceed 20% of the anticipated earnings on the fund for that year. The Committee shall determine the annual earnings estimate.
Application For Educational Assistance
Interested students must complete an application and leave it with the church secretary along with a current complete official transcript of grades no later than July 25, 2021. On-line transcripts and grade reports are not acceptable.
Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information is considered confidential and is reviewed only by the Committee.
Selection Of Recipients For Educational Assistance
The Committee considers applications on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership, participation in church, school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, financial need, and an outside appraisal.
The Committee may, at its discretion, interview all applicants. All applicants agree to accept the decisions of the Scholarship Committee as final.
The Committee may use its discretion to divide the funds available for awards among the successful applicants. The Committee is not required to award all available money each year but may use its discretion to award the available funds in an equitable manner up to the maximum of $1,000 per candidate per year. Awards are not required to be equally distributed among successful applicants. Financial need should be a consideration in awarding educational assistance.
Applicants will be notified in mid-June. Not all applicants to the program may be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
Payment Of Educational Assistance
Educational assistance awards are paid in one installment within 45 days of notice of the award. A check will be mailed to each recipient’s home address and made payable jointly to the student and the school and must be endorsed by both.
The awards will be accompanied with a certificate stating that the award is being made in memory of the past church members in whose names contributions have been received.
Benevolent Assistance Awards
Benevolent assistance awards may be provided by the Committee throughout the year upon request of deserving recipients. The Committee shall use its judgment in deciding whether or not to grant assistance. The combined total of all benevolent assistance provided in a calendar shall not exceed 20% of the anticipated earnings on the fund for that year.
Additional Contributions To The Fund
Tabernacle Baptist Church will not actively solicit contributions to this fund. Contributions to the fund may be received provided they are given in a manner consistent with the letter and spirit of the program.
Tabernacle Baptist Church reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this program and to make changes at any time consistent with the intent of the donors.
Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:
Tabernacle Baptist Church Memorial
112 East Church Street
Cartersville, Georgia 30120