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On January 12, 1982, at the mid-winter Business conference, The Full Gospel Fellowship established the Education Committee. in attendance were Ray Chamberlain, Don Arnold, and Freda Lindsay. The committee began with the purpose of becoming an instrument for The Fellowship to fulfill the Great Commission through education.
In 1991, with Don Westbrook as Chairman, The Fellowship’s Education Committee adopted the Scholarship Program. The desire was to financially assist those seeking to fulfill God’s call in their lives through education, thus expanding the vision for the great Commission that was begun in 1982.
Since 1991, when the Scholarship Program began, God has faithfully provided the following dollar amounts:
Full gospel Fellowship contributions:
$ 102,000.00 Scholarships awarded
$ 234,500.00 total Scholarship Funds awarded
The financial contributions are outstanding; but, most importantly, the lives that have been changed through this ministry are amazing.
The committee has received numerous letters from many recipients and would like to share a few excerpts. Stacey Long received a full scholarship to Oral Roberts University. While working as an intern with Teen Mania Ministries, Stacey writes, “I’ll always remember the day I got the call to tell me I’d received the scholarship, because it was a turning point in my life that showed me a simple but powerful life lesson. God would always provide when he calls us to do something. That lesson was something that I’ve carried with me every day for the last eleven years…” She has served for eight years at Teen Mania, giving back to the interns and raising $30 million to reach hundreds of teens. By working closely with the founder of Teen Mania, Ron Luce, Stacey has effectively impacted two million people with the gospel, both here and abroad. This past summer was her ninth summer traveling with Teen Mania on missions and her fourteenth year overall in leading short-term trips. Stacey writes, “I’ve traveled to twenty-one countries and ministered in… Tibet, China, India, Panama, Costa Rica, and Eastern Europe. I am so grateful for the Full gospel Fellowship in my life; for listening to God and providing a scholarship at Oral Roberts University.” See more testimonies below.
As a Fellowship member, you may not serve on the education Committee or award a scholarship, but your faithfulness in contributing to The Fellowship is appreciated.
Each year, The Fellowship provides continuing and endowed scholarship funds to assist qualified students in their desire to train for greater service in God’s Kingdom. These scholarships are offered only to current students with academic ability and a goal for Christian ministry. Students must apply for these scholarships with an online scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded at the Annual International Conference for one academic year. Continuing students must reapply each year by June 15.
Contributions to The Fellowship Scholarship Program make a big difference in the lives of students. Your gift can launch the careers and lives of talented young people. As a scholarship donor you may honor a loved one, a respected Christian leader, a church or organization. All of the funds bring honor to God and encouragement to students. Please contact the headquarters office in Irving, Texas for more information.
Rich Holder, a scholarship recipient, writes to us, “What a blessing it was to receive a $2000.00 scholarship… as a youth that has grown up in The Fellowship, it is encouraging to know how committed this organization is to the future generations.”
Ratna K. Sajja, received a $500.00 scholarship and graduated from the Church of God Theological Seminary in 1992. For the past seven years, he has served at in Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia, with Dr. Charles Stanley. As the director of International Ministries, he has traveled to many countries proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also involved in building hope Centers for orphaned and disadvantaged children.
Laura Stanley, a $1500 recipient writes, “I am entering the fashion industry and believe that I will be used by God to be a positive influence and light in the darkness…”