New Scholarship Established at First Assembly


On Saturday, March 16, 2013, First  Assembly announced that at the direction of the church board, a new scholarship be established to honor Gene and Opel Jones.  Gene served for decades as a deacon at the church, and Opel has attended the church since its beginning in 1926, brought with her mother, Beatrice Risk.  Opel's investment in the life of the church and her example and character led the board to seek this route toward recognizing the way they have blessed our church and community through their faith and witness.

In order to explain many things about this scholarship, I have posted below the purpose and guidelines of the administration of this scholarship.  If you have more questions or wish to apply for the scholarship, you may address your questions to Tim Parsons, Administrative and Student Ministries Pastor by clicking here.

Established as a way to honor the legacy of Gene and Opel Jones, this scholarship exists to further First Assembly's mission "to create a community where waves of people are transformed by the love of God" by investing in the lives of our youth. It is our belief that this investment will ultimately bless the church itself, both locally and globally.
  1. Who may apply?
    1. The applicant shall be a regular attendee of First Assembly for a minimum of one year. 
    2. High School seniors and college undergraduates may apply (preference is given to high school seniors, however). 
    3. Awards will be determined by the applicant's involvement and participation in the life of the church. 
    4. Awards are NOT based on the applicant's age, race, financial status, or gender.
    5. Previous applicants may reapply (preference is given to those who have not been
      awarded the scholarship in the past, however). 
    6. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a baccalaureate, ministry-related degree
      program at an accredited Assemblies of God college or university. 
  2. Who administers the Scholarship Fund?
    1. The Gene and Opel Jones scholarship committee, in consultation with the Church Board, will administer the Fund. 
    2. The chairperson of the scholarship committee will be a member of the Church Board with full voting rights. 
  3. What is the application and review procedure?
    1. Deadline for application is the first Thursday of April each year. Awards will be announced in May. 
    2. Signed applications should be sent to First Assembly Community Ministries, 108 Beck Lane, Lafayette, IN 47909. Attention: Scholarship Committee.
    3. Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.
    4. Scholarship award will be $2,000 per academic year payable in two $1,000
      installments: one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.
    5. Payments will be made directly to the college or university, not the student.

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