We all have convictions.
Whether you’re a religious person or not, you may have attended a church, synagogue or mosque before and have religious and non-religious friends whom have discussed religion with you.
If you are active in a religious group or community, though, you may be able to score some free money toward college, which is awesome no matter what you believe about the afterlife.
Below are seven religious scholarships, separated by category.
1.) The Foundation for College Christian Leaders scholarship
Though it’s unclear how much this scholarship is worth, any amount of money toward college is better than nothing. According to the website, The Foundation for College Christian Leaders offers a scholarship for applicants who are:
- Christian leaders
- Entering college as an undergrad or currently in college (occasionally, graduate students win if they meet all other criteria)
- With a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Financially needy, whose parents’ combined income doesn’t surpass $75,000
- Live in or will attend college in California, Oregon or Washington
The deadline is in May of each year.
2.) Diamonds in the Rough Ministry Scholarship Fund
Christian females in Texas, this one’s for you.
The Diamonds in the Rough Ministry offers a scholarship for a female high school senior who lives in Texas, has at least a 2.5 GPA and is enrolled in a college or university for the following academic year. You have to submit a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, mentor or minister.
The deadline is in April of each year.
3.) ISF National Scholarship
Sometimes, it pays to be a liberal arts major.
The Islamic Scholarship Fund offers scholarships ranging from $2,000-$10,000 to Muslim students (must be active in a Muslim community) who are attending an accredited American university, have at least a 3.0 GPA and are at least juniors (seniors and graduates can also apply). Oh, and essentially, you must be majoring in a liberal arts area, ranging from religious studies to communication. If you win, you have to complete volunteer service of 40-100 hours.
The deadline is in March of each year.
4.) JVS Scholarship Program
Jewish high schoolers who live in the Los Angeles area: You may be able to win a $2,000-$5,000 scholarship.
The Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles offers a scholarship to high school Jewish students who live in Los Angeles County, are at least 16 years old and who plan to attend an accredited college in the U.S. You also must demonstrate financial need and send a high school transcript and letter of recommendation.
The deadline is in March of each year.
5.) Hilo Buddhist Friendship Society Scholarship Award
Buddhists living in Hawaii, a scholarship exists for you, too. The Hilo Buddhist Friendship Society offers a $1,000 scholarship for students who:
- Are high school seniors
- Are, or have a parent/guardian who are, members in good standing of the Honpa Hongwanji on the Island of Hawaii
- Are of good moral character and above-average scholastic standing
- Have participated in church-related activities
The application requires a form, a few personal, academic and religious essays, and a copy of your transcripts. The deadline is in April of each year.
6.) Hindu Temple Educational Scholarship Program
Students of Hindu faith, there’s a scholarship for you, too. While this one is available to students in Massachusetts, you should check your own local religious community to see if any scholarships are available to Hindu students.
The Hindu Temple in Canton, Mass., offers a $500 scholarship to graduating high school seniors who intend to attend an accredited American college the following academic year. You must be a member of the Hindu Temple in Canton, have at least a 3.0 GPA, complete the application form and submit an essay.
The deadline’s on May 31st of each year.
7.) Student Activists Scholarship
Yes, atheism isn’t technically a religion, but if you promote unbelief in God or secular ideas, you can win a scholarship.
American Atheists give away a few scholarships (ranging from $1,000 to $2,000) to atheist college students (undergraduate or graduate) or high school seniors entering college the following year who have at least a 2.5 GPA and are atheist activists in their community or schools. You have to write a 500-1,000 word essay on atheist activism. All applicants are offered a free one year membership to American Atheists.
The deadline is in February of each year.
There are many more scholarships out there based on religious affiliation. Of course, no one chooses a religion (or active non-religious activism) purely to win a scholarship. But since you do have these convictions and are facing a tuition bill in the near future, why not take a stab at winning one of these scholarships?
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