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Scholarship Sunday, June 12, 2016, celebrates the academic achievements of Trinity United Church of Christ members who are pursing scholarly endeavors as well as those who have graduated from an educational institution in 2016.

2016 TUCC Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Trinity recognizes and honors its members who have completed elementary, high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study. TUCC member graduates are encouraged to participate in the Graduate Recognition Ceremony. In order to participate, Trinity 2016 graduates MUST submit a completed Graduate Recognition Form to the Scholarship and Education Committee by 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

2016 TUCC Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Trinity members are encouraged to apply for various church-sponsored, family and organization scholarship awards. The eligibility criteria for each scholarship are listed on the succeeding pages. Overall requirements for consideration of a scholarship award are listed below:

Scholarship Requirements

    • Applicants MUST be members of Trinity UCC for at least one year
    • Applicants may submit only one application and be considered for only one scholarship award.
    • Applicants must submit a completed Ministry/ Community Service Verification Form* signed by an authorized ministry partner indicating current participation in the respective ministry or community service organization official

 

Renewable Scholarship Requirements

    • Applicants may reapply for scholarships designated as renewable for up to the specified years of renewal excluding the initial scholarship award. Use Renewal Application Form for renewal consideration.
    • B” GPA equivalent or better is required for consideration of all renewable scholarships

*Students attending college out of town may participate in Adopt A Student as their Ministry

Additional Scholarship Guidelines

Applicants must submit current official transcripts and test scores with application as specified by the respective scholarship when submitted.

All required essays must be typed double-spaced, using 12 pt. font size

IT IS SOLELY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO ENSURE ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION IS RECEIVED BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. LATE AND/OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE INELIGIBLE AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED BY THE COMMITTEE


Graduate Recognition Forms and Scholarship applications must be received by the Scholarship and Education Committee on Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm at the church Mailroom- Attention: Scholarship Committee or submitted via email to scholarship@trinitychicago.org

 

DEADLINE


All graduates, scholarship applicants, or family representatives must be present on Scholarship Sunday, June 12, 2016. All graduates, scholarship applicants or family representatives must check-in Wright Chapel no later than 1:30 p.m., SCHOLARSHIPS WILL NOT BE AWARDED IF THE WINNING APPLICANT OR A FAMILY REPRESENTATIVE IS NOT PRESENT TO ACCEPT THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.

Questions? Contact the Committee at 773-962-5650, ext 2307 or email:scholarship@trinitychicago.org

General Scholarships

Rev. Barbara J. Allen Scholarship - For Such a Time as This!

Applicants for this scholarship must be 35 years old or older who are currently enrolled in college to complete his/her first baccalaureate degree after an extended period of absence. At the time of application, applicants must have completed at least one course and currently registered to continue study at an accredited college or university. The scholarship is renewable annually for up to three (3) years. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official college/university transcripts
  • Current college/university registration verification
  • Submit a 300-400 word essay responding to the topic: “My Pursuit of Education and how it affects the Church Family and the African American Community”
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
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Lucille Ellison/Kathryn Brown Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be graduating high school students. Consideration will be given to applicants with less than a “B” GPA. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official high school transcript and ACT/SAT test scores
  • Copy of acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • One (1) letters of recommendation from:
    1. Adult member of Trinity U.C.C.
    2. Teacher or counselor.
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

The Wheeler & Sharon Coleman Family Scholarship

The Wheeler & Sharon Coleman Family scholarships are need-based scholarships for TUCC members who are pursuing undergraduate and advanced degrees at accredited colleges and universities. The Coleman Family Scholarships are $2,500 to $5,000.00 awards for scholars who have demonstrated social and leadership responsibilities in their community, school, and/or church.

  • Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Enrollment for the Fall 2016 semester and good academic standing at their college or university are required.
  • Submit an original essay (maximum of 1,000 words) on social consciousness; social justice and the role young adults have in transforming their community. The applicant should also include a statement connecting the role of their education in community transformation.
  • Need-based criteria: Household annual income is less than $50,000; or a household income of less than $75,000 for a family of four or more. Family household income must be verified to the Wheeler – Coleman family before scholarship is awarded.
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
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Dr. Manford J. Bryd, Jr. Scholarship

Applicants must be currently enrolled college students (2nd year thru graduate level). The award is renewable for up to three (3) years. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official college/university transcript
  • 300-500 word essay on the Black Value System
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from:
    1. Adult member of Trinity U.C.C.
    2. School counselor or advisor.
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Scholarship

Honors the legacy of scholarly achievement and servant leadership as exemplified in the collegiate and lifetime achievements of Jewel Brothers Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelly, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle and Vertner Woodson Tandy, the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., -full bio- and recognizes a graduating African American male high school senior who personifies scholarly achievement, school and community leadership and seeks to attend a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official transcripts and ACT/SAT test sores
  • 300-500 word essay on the importance of civic leadership
  • Copy of acceptance letter/ registration in a four-year college or university
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from:
    1. Adult member of Trinity U.C.C.
    2. School counselor or teacher.
    3. Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
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Rupert Graham, Sr. Award

Applicants must be graduating 8th graders from elementary school. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official report card and current official test scores
  • One (1) letters of recommendation from:
    1. Adult member of Trinity U.C.C.
    2. Your teacher or counselor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

JordyCakes “Follow Your Dream” Scholarship

Applicants must be graduating high school senior planning to enter college Applicants must submit:

  • One (1) page essay stating your passion and explaining how you plan to use your education to turn your passion into a career
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Current official high school transcript with ACT/SAT test score
  • One (1) Letter of recommendation from a TUCC member
  • One (1) Letter of recommendation from a teacher/school administrator
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Cheryl Guyton Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes graduating high school seniors with a minimum “B” GPA or equivalent and scores 26 or higher on the ACT and/or 1760 or higher on the SAT. The scholarship is renewable thru completion of the baccalaureate degree or up to three (3) years. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official transcript and ACT/SAT scores
  • Copy of acceptance letter from college or university you plan to attend
  • 500-600 word Personal statement outlining your personal life goals which includes a paragraph about your personal, community interests and a community activity or program in which you are involved
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from:
    1. School principal or counselor, and
    2. Director of the community organization(s) in which you serve
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application

Timothy Lucas Harper Continuing a Male Legacy Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes a current male college student with a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher enrolled in a Liberal Arts program with a business focus. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official college/university transcript
  • 300 word essay “How I plan to use my skills in helping my church and community.”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from:
    School counselor/advisory/teacher
    Member of Trinity
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Monica Moss “New U Smoothie” Scholarship

For active members in any Trinity United Church of Christ ministry who desires to attend a two (2) or four (4) year institution of higher learning and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

  • Current Official high school or college transcript showing at least a 2.5 GPA
  • College acceptance letter and proof of registration
  • Submit a 500 WORD essay on how this scholarship will assist you in reaching your goals
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher or college professor
Download Application

Bozeman & Brown Memorial Scholarship

For Male students with at least a 3.0 GPA accepted into a college/university on the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level

  • Current Official high school or college transcript
  • College acceptance letter and proof of registration
  • Submit a 300 WORD essay “How I plan to use my skills in helping my church and
    community.”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or counselor
Download Application

The Brookins Scholarship

Prospective scholarship recipient will be an undergraduate, graduate or post graduate who plans to attend college with at least a 2.7 GPA. Applicants must submit:

  • Current Official high school or college transcript with at least a 2.7 GPA
  • College acceptance letter and proof of registration
  • Submit a 500 WORD essay on the Black Lives Matter…
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or counselor
Download Application

Dr. Rose Marie Brown Memorial Scholarship

For High School Graduates or Continuing College Students

  • Must have a transcript reflecting most recent GPA; 2.5 GPA or above
  • College acceptance letter and proof of registration
  • Submit a 300 – 500 Word essay responding to “The most important contribution I or
    one of my ancestors has made to the cause of social justice is…”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a ministry director or community service
    supervisor
Download Application

The Arts

Joseph W. Evans - Struggling Artist Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes visual artists (in areas including drawing, painting, photography) grades 9 thru college. Applicants must verify community involvement. This scholarship is renewable depending on current grade (?). Applicants must submit:

  • Three (3) examples of your work (will be returned) •A 250-word essay on artistic interests, goals and aspirations
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from:
    1. Art teacher or adult member of Trinity UCC
    2. Adult member of a community organization who verifies community activity
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application

Dr. Jeffrey P. Radford Memorial Scholarship

Honors Dr. Radford’s 30 year of consecrated and devoted service at Trinity United Church of Christ and recognizes academic achievement and personal development to the ministry of music in the Christian church. Applicants must be music majors at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. Applicants must submit:

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Sciences

Elsie Benita Haines Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes students in Culinary Arts and/or Home Economics. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official school transcript
  • 300 word essay: “My Pursuit of Education will enable me to help the African American community in adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by…”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from college/university advisor or counselor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
    Download Application

Herald and Delores Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes a second semester or higher college student who maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA in an accredited Business program, preference given to an Accounting major. Applicants must submit:

  • Letter of recommendation from your advisor or counselor
  • 300 word essay explaining why you have chosen the field of accounting
  • Current official transcript and test scores
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Dwain Phillip Lubin Engineering Scholarship

Recognizes a graduating African American male high school senior who ranks 21 or lower in his class who has been accepted into an electrical, mechanical or structural engineering undergraduate program, preferably at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The scholarship is renewable for up to three (3) years. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official high school transcript and ACT/SAT test scores
  • Copy of letter of acceptance into one of the above undergraduate engineering programs
  • 200 word essay addressing the topic: “The Most Interesting Fact about the Engineering Field and Why I Chose to Pursue Study in the Profession.”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
    Download Application

Health Care

Annette Glenn Parker Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory for the dedication Annette Glenn Parker gave in the field of nursing. Prospective scholarship recipient will be a high school senior who plans to major in the field of nursing, allied health or science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Applicants must submit:

  • Copy of acceptance letter/ registration in a four-year college or university
  • Current official transcripts and ACT/SAT test scores
  • submit a 300 WORD essay on why the student chose a career in nursing, health or
    science
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Mildred Chapman Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes 2 or 4 year nursing students. The Scholarship is renewable for up to three (3) years. Applicants must submit

  • Current official college or university transcript
  • 300-500 word essay which addresses “How My Decision to Become a Nurse Will Benefit the Church and Community.” If a scholarship renewal application, see application form for topic.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from college/university professor or counselor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Eva Mae Warfield-Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes an adult female nursing student who has been accepted into a 2 or 4 year registered nursing program. Applicant must have at least a C+, 2.5 GPA. The scholarship is renewable. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official transcript
  • 300 word essay, “How I plan to use my skills in helping my church and community.”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from college/university professor or counselor
  • Copy of acceptance letter into a registered 2 or 4 year nursing program
  • One (1) sealed letter of recommendation from
    1. Nursing school counselor/advisor/teacher
    2. Member of Trinity UCC Deacon Ministry
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. / Deacon Don Moody Scholarship

Recognizes individuals, age 18 and older, who have completed the 12-Step Program and desire to further their formal education in substance abuse and/or rehabilitation. Prospective scholarship recipients must to commit to volunteer service on the crisis line of the TUCC Drug/Alcohol Ministry or work in a related 12-Step Program. This scholarship is renewable for up to three (3) years and applicants must submit:

  • Current official college or university transcript
  • Copy of acceptance letter from college/university applicant plans to attend
  • 300 word essay/bio which addresses personal and/or family addiction, why you should you receive this scholarship and your long-term goals after graduation.
  • One (1) sealed letter of recommendation from
    1. Teacher
    2. Councelor
    3. Alderperson or community leader
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
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Education

Swanegan Memorial Teacher's Scholarship

Recognizes education majors at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. The scholarship is renewable and recipients may reapply depending upon current educational level. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official college or university transcript
  • 300 word essay which addresses “Racing to the Top Legislation and Its Impact on African American Children in Urban Education Settings.”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or counselor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application

Dr. Mary Henderson Wright Scholarship

Honors the dedicated commitment to Christian beliefs exemplified in the lifetime achievements of Dr. Mary Henderson Wright, who was a devoted member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority –full bio– and recognizes a graduating female high school senior who plans to major in mathematics or education. Applicants must submit:

  • Copy of acceptance letter/ registration in a four-year college or university
  • Current official transcripts and ACT/SAT test scores
  • 300-word essay which addresses “What Will Be Your Legacy to Your Family and Community?”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from:
    1. Teacher
    2. Adult Trinity UCC member
    3. Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Media

The Joseph A. Stroud Scholarship

Recognizes undergraduate, graduate and post graduate students in journalism, print media, radio/TV production or a related field. Applicants must submit:

  • Current official college or university transcript
  • 300-word essay which addresses “How a Degree in Media Will Help the African-American Community.”
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
Download Application

Theological

Rev. Samuel L. Ellis Theological/ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship

Recognizes students enrolled in accredited seminaries. This scholarship is renewable annually for up to three (3) years.

  • Current official seminary transcript
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from your seminary professor/counselor
  • 300 word essay expressing how seminary education has enhanced your call to ordained Ministry
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Scholarship

Honors the personal development and fidelity to Christian beliefs held by Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. and recognizes students enrolled in an ATS accredited seminary. The scholarship is renewable for up to three (3) years. Applicants must have a minimum “B” GPA or equivalent, be active in the community and must submit:

  • Current official seminary transcript
  • Verification of active church and community involvement
  • Have a stated goal in pastoral ministry
  • The 2016 Ministry Verification Form
  • When applying for a Renewal Scholarship, please use the Renewal Application Form and submit this application with all previously stated documentation.
Download Application