Who/what are the churches of Christ?
The churches of Christ are an international group of autonomous congregations that arose out of the 19th century Restoration Movement in America led by Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone. The movement is committed to restoring the primitive Christianity believed to be practiced by first century Christians. The 19th century Campbell-Stone churches believed that that if Christian groups were “unencumbered” by centuries of denominational traditions and practices, Christians might be able to worship united within one church.
Am I eligible for this scholarship if I do not attend a Church of Christ?
No. This is a denomination-specific scholarship. If you are not an active member of the Church of Christ denomination, you are not eligible for this award.
Why insist a student attend a liberal arts college or university?
We believe a liberal arts education to be essential in the cultivation of the critical thinking skills that are necessary for creating dynamic leaders who will serve communities both inside and outside of the church.
Why not solely support students going to church of Christ colleges/universities or students going to other institutions that support Christian education?
While we appreciate the long history of American colleges and universities being centers of Christian education and we respect the efforts of the schools within the Restoration tradition in seeking to provide high quality Christian education, we encourage students to attend any institution of higher learning that will maximally nurture their critical thinking skills. Therefore, we encourage Christians to attend the best institution they can be admitted into. Furthermore, we believe the maturation of one’s faith can occur in a state college or university just as well as in a Christian college or university as evidenced by our four officers. In this way, the Christian witness will be heard in all of this country’s schools of higher learning.
Who can apply?
Any active church of Christ member who is either been accepted to a four-year liberal arts institution or is currently attending a four-year liberal arts institution is encouraged to apply.