LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in one of three affiliated institutions are now eligible to apply for scholarships through the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
The KBC Mission Board approved new standards for the Kentucky Baptist Scholarship Fund on Monday, on the recommendation of Nate Bishop, chairman of the KBC Agencies and Institutions Committee. Previously, only freshmen at KBC-affiliated colleges and universities were considered eligible to receive $1,000 scholarships.
Bishop said the goal was “to give as many scholarships as we can” and help support the three in-state schools that have a direct link with the KBC and/or the Southern Baptist Convention: Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College.
“The whole purpose of our agencies and institutions committee is to work with our ministry partners to strengthen them and be a champion for those ministries as the Lord uses them mightily,” said Bishop.
Fifty percent of annual scholarship monies will be available for Clear Creek students, while the remaining 50% will be equally split between eligible students at Southern Seminary and Boyce College, located on SBTS’s campus in Louisville.
Other changes to the scholarship policy included removing eligibility for students at Campbellsville University, Georgetown University, and the University of the Cumberlands. Each school has parted ways with the KBC over the last decade.
In previous years, the amount available each year for scholarship distribution was approximately $50,000. KBC Controller Becky Harris expects about $60,000 to be distributed in the 2020-21 school year. Students interested in applying should contact the school’s financial aid office.
Harris said through the generous legacy giving of Kentucky Baptists, “a sizeable” scholarship fund managed by Kentucky Baptist Foundation ensures scholarships will be available for many years to come.
In other KBC Agencies and Institution news, Foundation President Richard Carnes said his replacement will be made public soon. Last July, Carnes announced his intention to retire in June 2020.
Clear Creek President Donnie Fox said the school is planning to hold a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday with KBC Executive Director-Treasurer Todd Gray presenting the commencement address. He also announced the school is pursuing the addition of a master’s degree program and expects to receive approval by August.
Crossing Ministry President Lance Howerton said the decision to cancel camp in June was difficult and, in an effort to serve churches well, offered them three options: A full refund, transfer fees to a 2021 camp, or make a donation to the ministry. Nine churches opted to donate their 2020 camp fees to Crossings for a total of $4,600.
As for churches that booked camps in July, Howerton said he is hopeful Kentucky’s governor will allow them to proceed. Howerton plans to make an announcement on the remaining camp season on May 26. In the meantime, Crossings is looking at the possibility of holding student camps in the fall.
“We pray for our agencies and institutions,” Bishop said, “that God will give them His supernatural wisdom to lead well in this time of crisis.”
On Monday, Committee on Nominations Chairman Danny Davis presented the following nominees to replace outgoing members of the KBC Mission Board:
The KBC Mission Board gave their stamp of approval for all five nominees to serve varying terms of one to two years with the governing body.