Minority scholarship has major impact

“The Paul and Kay Rader Scholarship has helped me throughout my collegiate career…the assistance made me able to attend this university,” said Salvationist Andrew Mahone, who’s completing his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Missouri Baptist University.

Jervais Johnson, Andrew’s fellow soldier from the Sterling Rock Falls, Ill., Corps, is completing his first year at Olivet Nazarene University.

“My prayer is for God to provide me wisdom in using the opportunities He’s given me not only to further my education but my spiritual life,” said Jervais, who hopes to earn a degree in communications before applying for officership.

Students like Andrew and Jervais have discovered every bit of financial assistance counts when calculating college costs. The Rader Scholarship assists up to five qualified minority students each year attending accredited Christian colleges. Individual awards can be as high as $5,000 per year based on need.

Awarding of the scholarship began in 2014; since then 14 students have benefited. If eligibility requirements continue to be met, the same student may be awarded a scholarship for another school year (maximum of four years).

One of the scholarship’s goals is to encourage active participation of Salvationist students in corps while undertaking fulltime coursework. Minority students are eligible if they have at least a 2.0 grade average on a 4.0 scale, are soldiers in good standing and desire to become Salvation Army officers or serve in local officer positions in corps.

Minority status for the Rader Scholarship is defined as being a member of any racial and ethnic population within the United States, such as Asian, Hispanic, Native American and students of African descent. Students self-identified as multi-racial must have a minority heritage of at least 50 percent. Students with immigrant status also may apply.

If you are or know a minority college student (or an accepted prospective student) who may benefit from the Rader Scholarship, you can obtain scholarship criteria, an application and instructions for attachments from your divisional youth secretary.

Application endorsements must be provided by the corps officer and divisional youth secretary for territorial review and approval, so apply as soon as possible for the coming 2019/20 school year. The application deadline is May 15, 2019. For more information contact [email protected]
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