If you intend to go to college, and you cannot afford to pay for it, you would do good to start praying for some unknown scholarship ideas. In fact, hopefully you’ve already been a long time member of a local church. You can look to your church for unknown college scholarship ideas to help fund your education.
There are two ways to do this, and possibly even more. First, there is the church on the local level. In many cases, when the minister of the church knows that there is a financial need to pay for education for a member of the congregation, he or she will ask the rest of the congregation for donations to help pay for college. Additionally, the local church may have a church scholarship program already in place, to help send deserving church members to college. Talk to your local minister about what currently exists, and what is possible in this regard.
The next unknown church scholarship idea is that you have to consider the church on the national level. Most churches today are affiliated with a religious organization that operates on the national level, such as the First United Methodist Church. As a national organization, there may be offers of church scholarships for members of the church that already exist, and even if they do not exist, your minister may be able to talk to the board that governs the religious organization about setting up a scholarship program or raising funds to help you pay for college.
Finally, you should consider any groups within the church that you are a member of, such as the youth group or the men’s group. Many of these groups are associated with similar groups throughout the organization. Many organizations within the church have scholarship opportunities, and even if unknown scholarship opportunities do not exist, they can host fund raisers for the purpose of helping to fund your college education throughout the organization on the national level.
Instead of looking at the church as one possibility, you must look at it from different angles – the local level, the national or regional level, and smaller organizations within the larger organization. Consider any religious order that is associated with the church, or that the church is associated with as well for potential unknown scholarships.
What you should not do, however, is to join a church and expect any help from that church in regard to paying for your education if you have not been a member for a reasonable amount of time, or if you do not actively participate in the church. Additionally, you must have a true belief in the principles that the church teaches, and live your life in a way that is approved by the church if you hope to be awarded funds to help you pay for college.
As with any other potential church scholarship ideas, make sure that when you approach the person or people that will play a role in you getting a scholarship that you are clear about your educational goals, and how you plan to use the education in the working world upon your graduation.