Bethesda student scholastic, service scholarships available

Submitted by Jeff Dardis

A total of $30,000 is available for individuals who plan to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Bethesda Auxiliary, in partnership with Bethesda Lutheran Communities, is offering $30,000 in student scholarships for the 2018-19 school year. The scholarships are for undergraduate — or graduate-level Lutherans, including seminarians.

“We’re excited to support youth who hope to put their talents and energy toward enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Karen Carter, president of the Bethesda Auxiliary. “Recognizing the achievements of students who have a shared interest in supporting our mission elevates us all. It’s gratifying to support these students in such a direct way.”

The deadline to apply is May 18, with results to be announced this summer. To download an application, go to https://bethesdalutherancommunities.org/get-involved/scholarships/.

Seminarian students

Five $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to a Lutheran seminarian displaying interest in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a congregational setting. The scholarship application is open to all eligible seminary students.

Criteria:

• Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.

• Be a current college senior, accepted to begin seminary studies in the fall, or currently be classified as a first-year or second-year student at any seminary affiliated with the WELS, LCMS, ELCA, LCMC, ELS or NALC. Students going on to their internship/vicarage year do not qualify.

• Have a commitment to inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the local parish.

College and university students

Five $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Criteria:

• Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.

• Be classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited college or university.

• Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

• Have a career objective in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

About Bethesda

Bethesda is a national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We help people live the lives they want through more than 300 programs across the country. Learn more at www.BethesdaLutheranCommunities.org.

The Bethesda Auxiliary is a nationwide organization that reaches forward in faith, word and deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people who have developmental disabilities in partnership with Bethesda.

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