Every year The Prayer Institute awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors headed to college. We welcome qualifying students to apply for scholarship funds to assist with their educational expenses.

At The Prayer Institute, we understand that education offers tools to enhance the opportunity for an excellent professional career and a learning experience that will lay the foundation for a successful life. Click the Important Scholarship Information tab below to learn about submission criteria. 

Scholarship Application

Important Scholarship Information

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from high school. The Prayer Institute is pleased to offer the opportunity to further your education. We understand that education opens the doors to new horizons beyond our imaginations. According to the Global Partnership for Education, “education has the power to make the world a better place.” We invite you to apply for a scholarship to be used for your tuition, room and board, or textbooks at the academic institution of your choice.

The Prayer Institute offers 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. Individuals who are eligible must be high school graduates, entering college for the first time during the fall 2021. Applicants must be registered with a minimum of 12 hours and attend a four year college or university, community college, or vocational/technical program. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.

Submission deadline: Please submit your application as early as possible. The final application acceptance date is June 25, 2021. No applications will be accepted after this date. Late and/or incomplete applications will automatically be disqualified. NO EXCEPTIONS!

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

  1. Be sure your application is complete including high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and recommendation letters.
  2. Make sure your essay is the adequate length (no more than 500 words),typed, double-spaced and grammatically correct.
  3. There are 2 ways to apply: 
    1. Submit the online application.
    2. Download and complete the
      TPI-2021-Scholarship-Application.pdf (4 downloads)
      and send by mail to:

The Prayer Institute, 6011 W. Orem Drive, Houston, Texas 77085, Attention: Scholarship Committee.

PLEASE NOTE **If you mail your application, contact [email protected] to verify that it was received or for other related inquiries.

  1. You CANNOT email your application. Emails will not be accepted. 
  2. Remember the application deadline is June 25, 2021. LATE and/or INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  3. All application-related material submitted to the Scholarship Committee is confidential.

Your completed application will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and you will be notified of the scholarship award by Friday, July 16, 2021. Awardees will be notified by phone and by email, so please make sure you list correct contact information.

Researching 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Check your public and school libraries for publications containing scholarship information.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Check the Outreach Youth Ministry Blog at Windsor Village United Methodist Church to stay connected with other scholarship opportunities.