Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from high school. We welcome you to this opportunity to receive additional money to assist in your upcoming valuable education. We know that you have a spirit of excitement and a sense of challenge for what is about to take place in your life. Here, at The Prayer Institute, we understand that education offers you tools to enhance your opportunity for an excellent professional career.
We understand that education will provide a learning experience that will lay the foundation for a successful life. We pray that you will combine the prayers that are prayed at The Prayer Institute with the education that you will receive to create a promising future.
Always remember Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
This year we are blessed to offer two scholarship choices. You may apply for the general academic scholarship or the Dr. Evelyn E. Thornton S.T.E.M. Scholarship. The S.T.E.M. application is for those students specifically majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math.
This scholarship application package provides information and guidelines to follow in obtaining this scholarship. The following information contains selection criteria and an explanation of the application process.
The Prayer Institute Scholarship is based on the following:
- Attendance at a university or college in the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school;
- Submission of official SAT or ACT scores;
- Submission of class rank and high school transcript;
- List of involvement in extracurricular and community activities;
- Two recommendations from a high school guidance counselor or teacher: The letters should refer to your strengths and give reasons why, in the opinion of the teacher or counselor, that you should be recognized; and
- Minimum 300-word essay describing your career goals and objectives and how prayer will enhance your future. This essay should also share how you will use principles that you have learned at your church, in your career and future.
Please submit your application as early as possible. The final application acceptance date is Sunday, May 22, 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date.
Please note that financial need is not a criterion for this scholarship and this application is open to the community.
How to Submit Your Application
- A Scholarship Application is included in this package. You can also download the application from our website; www.prayerinstitute.com.
- Be sure your application is complete including high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and recommendation letters.
- Make sure your essay is the adequate length, typed, double-spaced and grammatically correct.
- You can bring your application to The Prayer Institute office in a sealed envelope during the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at The KBC, 6011 W. Orem Drive, Houston, Texas 77085.
- You can mail your application to: The Prayer Institute, 6011 W. Orem Drive, Houston, Texas 77085, Attention: Scholarship Committee. If you mail your application, please call the office within one week to verify that it was received. The office number is (713) 726-2522.
- You CANNOT email your application. Emails will not be accepted.
- Remember the application deadline is Sunday, May 22, 2017.
Your completed application will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. You will be notified of the scholarship award by Monday, April 25, 2016. You will be notified by phone, so please make sure you list adequate contact numbers.
Researching for Other Scholarships
In addition to the information and application contained in this package, The Prayer Institute would like to offer the following steps for researching and obtaining scholarships, in general. There are vast opportunities for scholarships; therefore, we encourage you to take advantage of the many ways that you can be blessed through financial assistance for your education.
- See your high school counselor for information about scholarships that may be offered to your graduating class. Many organizations seek student recommendations for scholarships through the school counselor.
- Check your public and school libraries for publications containing scholarship information.
- Approach prospective donors directly for information on scholarships they offer. Major corporations, fraternal organizations, community civic organizations, and other groups often provide assistance to graduating students, employees, members, and their children.
- Compose and keep available a short resumé reflecting your personal, educational, and career goals, which you can send to prospective donors. Include with your resumé your high school transcript, letters of recommendation, and additional information about your academic achievements, leadership potential, and extracurricular activities.
- Write to the university, addressing the specific department of your intended major, for the criteria of scholarships for that field. Universities and colleges can refer you to organizations that offer scholarships for prospective students of certain majors.
- Check the Outreach Youth Ministry Blog at Windsor Village United Methodist Church to stay connected with other scholarship opportunities.