Outside Scholarships

Need some extra money for school?

Note: These scholarship sources are offered for information purposes only and may not necessarily reflect the views of Ozark Christian College or its constituency. Also, OCC does not determine the recipients of these scholarships. Please notify the Financial Services Office of any outside scholarships you know you will receive.

ALEXANDER CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION - The recipient must be a member of the Christian Church or Church of Christ. He/she must have a desire to serve in a church-related vocation and be a candidate or currently pursuing candidacy for a church-related vocation. The deadlines vary by state. Please see contact information below.

ACF OF IOWA
Doug Raymond
515.266.4949
P.O. Box 57205
Des Moines, IA 50317

ACF OF INDIANA
Tom Scott or Judith Colip
317.467.1223
acfindiana.org/htdocs

ACF OF OREGON
Kathy Cea
503.302.8955
acfo-online.org

ABBOTT AND FENNER - Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page at abbottandfenner.com/scholarships. This scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution.

ASPIRE SCHOLARSHIP-The Aspire Scholarship Program provides supplemental financial assistance to qualified single parents pursuing a full-time, career-oriented education that will improve their income-earning potential. Aspire scholarships of $1,000 are awarded two times a year (Fall and Spring semesters). Additional merit scholarships of $250 are awarded to students who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher during a given semester. Applicants may reapply, but must fill out an application each semester a scholarship is sought. The Aspire scholarship can be used for any financial need that supports success in school including: books, school/lab fees, computer equipment, car maintenance, childcare, medical expenses, and utility bills.   To apply online, you need to create an account, complete an application, upload supporting documents, and submit. Application deadlines are November 15 (Spring) and May 15 (Fall).  http://www.aspirescholarship.org/

CM CARES - As a part of our mission to Protect the Greater Good, Church Mutual Insurance Company believes in helping our young,vibrant religious leaders today will ensure strong faith-based communities of tomorrow. Our newly formed foundation, CM CARES is please to support the future of religious communities.

Eligibility requirements:

The deadline is April 14, 2018. Applications are only at churchmutual.com/cmcares-scholars.

ESA FOUNDATION - The applicant must meet one of the following: 

All applications must be postmarked no later than February 1. Applications are available online at epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants. Please email Kathy Bloyd with questions.

INSURANCE PROVIDERS - The Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship is awarded to students who are currently attending or planning to attend college. Find the requirements and entry information at Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship. Deadline is December 1.

KEITH CUNNINGHAM SCHOLARSHIP - The recipient must be an active member of a New Testament Christian Church in the South Central Missouri Christian Men's Evangelistic Fellowship, live in south-central Missouri, and plan to go into the preaching, youth, or worship ministry. To apply, provide the following information in writing: Where do you plan to attend college? What are your long-range goals and plans for ministry? Why do you want to preach or minister to youth or lead in worship? Also, supply references from ministers, elders, deacons or others. Submit all information to: Barry Crouse at barry@foothillfarms.com.

LaFERLA ORTHODONTIC TEAM SCHOLARSHIP - Current or former patient of Dr. LaFerla. Must be an incoming freshman and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awards are also based on community participation and financial need. Awarded at the end of April or beginning of May. Applications are available at Dr. Laferla's office or in the Financial Services Office.

LUTHER DUVALL SCHOLARSHIP - The recipient of this scholarship must be a full-time student who is entering full-time ministry. An amount of $1,000 will be awarded to one student per year ($500 /semester), based on these criteria: Christian service, academics, and financial need. The deadline is May 1. Applications are available in the Financial Services Office. Completed applications, along with a recent transcript, must be mailed to: Central Christian Church, 920 Central Avenue, McAlester, OK 74501.

LYDIA'S CLOSET CONSORTIUM SCHOLARSHIP-The receipient of this scholarship must be a graduating high school senior or college/university level Christian pursuing a preaching/teaching degree, who aspire to continue their education at the college/university level.  To complete the application process go to lydiasclosetconsortium.org. Deadline is April 1, 2018.

MALCOLM ALLEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The recipient must be an active member of the Christian Church/Church of Christ. The awards will be made on the basis of these three criteria: a B grade average, Christian service, and financial need. The deadline is March 31 and applications are available in the Financial Services Office.

MAMIE HOLDEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND - This scholarship is open to students who are Protestant residents of Joplin, Missouri and who have already successfully completed two years of college. The maximum period for which a recipient can receive a scholarship is three years, unless he/she shows unusually fine talent in fine arts. The deadline is May 1 for the following academic year. Applications are available in the Financial Services Office. Completed applications must be mailed to: US Bank; P.O. Box 8; Joplin, MO 64802-0008; Attn: Laura Rasmussen.

MARY E. BIVINS FOUNDATION - Student must be dedicated to seeking a degree in ministry and be at the classification of junior or above. Student must be a resident of one of the 26 counties of the northernmost counties of the Panhandle of Texas. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 as an undergraduate and must enroll and pass a minimum of 12 hours each semester, and as a graduate, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and enroll and pass a minimum of 9 hours each semester. Said hours must be applicable to the Foundation approved degree program. Applications are available at bivinsfoundations.org the second week of January, with a deadline of February 9,2018.

MG JAMES URSANO SCHOLARSHIP FUND - The recipient must be a dependent child, stepchild, or legally adopted child of an Army soldier on active duty, retired or deceased. The recipient must also be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System, remain unmarried for the entire academic year awarded, be under the age of 23 but will be awarded through the semester in which he/she turns 23, enrolled as a full time student and maintain a 2.0 GPA. Awards are primarily based on financial need, academics and leadership. Applications are available through the website at aerhq.org. Other guidelines and deadlines can be found on their website as well. Application deadline is April 2, 2018 by 3 pm.

MISSOURI COUNCIL OF THE BLIND - Applicant must be legally blind and be a resident of Missouri. Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.0. Must have an eye report from doctor, letter from a professor, letter of intent and a transcript from the school. Applications are available at moblind.org. For more details or to obtain a paper application, contact Dr. Jarrell Holt at 573.785.0511 or the MCB office toll free at 800.342.5632 or email moblind@moblind.org.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND - 30 awards ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. To recognize achievement by blind students, the National Federation of the Blind invites applications to the national scholarship program from freshmen beginning college this fall on up through grad school level. Thirty top students will receive scholarships along with a trip to the national convention in Orlando. Applications must be received by March 31. To apply or learn more, please visit nfb.org/scholarships.

SUNRISE CHURCH OF CHRIST – Full-time students who are studying Christian missions, Christian ministry or Christian service are invited to apply for a $ 500 scholarship from Sunrise Church of Christ in Spokane, WA. All letters, forms, transcripts and recommendations must be received by April 2, 2018.  Applications are available in the Student Financial Services Office.

WADE LOWREY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Scholarship sponsored by Center Point Christian Church. Student must be a preaching major with sophomore standing that is currently serving in a local church and active in Christian Service. Application requires an essay on current ministry involvement and include future plans. Application deadline: June 30. Apply here.

The internet is also a great resource for finding scholarships. Listed below are a few sites to check out. Beware of scams. Applying for financial aid should not cost you, especially when free resources are available. Even a seminar may or may not be legitimate. Some warning signs are fees, money-back guarantees, and requests for your credit card or bank account. Check with your Financial Services Office if you question a company's legitimacy.

Resources:

If you have any questions concerning your financial aid,
please do not hesitate to contact us at
finaid@occ.edu or 417.626.1234 ext. 2027 or ext. 2043.

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