As part of its mission to serve communities across the nation, the Salvation Army offers college scholarships through its regional headquarters. Some grants are made in partnerships with local colleges and universities while others allow students to attend the college of their choice. Eligibility requirements vary among programs and applicants should study them closely before making their final submissions.
Salvation Army Advisory Board
This scholarship grants one full year of tuition to a student studying nursing or human services at Alfred State College, a campus of the State University of New York. To qualify for the grant, students must be ranked in the top half of their graduating class. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to community service and a consistently strong work ethic. In support of their application, students need to supply a copy of their high school transcript or GED, two recommendation letters and a personal essay. Grant recipients may apply for a second-year award by submitting a recommendation from a teacher or adviser and a transcript of their coursework.
Ernest Frank Trust
The Frank Trust Scholarship is a renewable grant of up to $3,000 per year. To be eligible, applicants must be accepted at an accredited academic or vocational college, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and carry at least 12 credit hours per semester. Documents verifying financial need are submitted to a Salvation Army Corps officer as part of the application package. The award is intended to support a student throughout her post-secondary schooling for up to four years providing all eligibility requirements are maintained.
Helping a Needy and Deserving Student
Sponsored by Salvation Army divisions in southern states from Texas to Georgia, Helping a Needy and Deserving Student or HANDS scholarships grant up to $1,100 per semester at a post-secondary institution. Applicants must be on a four-year graduation track and maintain a CGPA of 2.0. To qualify for grant renewal, students should submit transcripts every grading period. Recipients need to inform the local Salvation Army headquarters if they transfer schools and respond promptly to any requests for information. HANDS scholarships are limited to one award per family.
Pearl H. Linden
The Salvation Army’s Northern Division offers one-time grants of $1,500 or $3,000 to high school students who are residents of Dakota, Washington and Ramsey counties in Minnesota. Applicants must be high school seniors who intend to complete an undergraduate degree at a two- or four-year institution. Other qualifications include a demonstrated commitment to community service and verified financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- better known as FAFSA -- or the Linden Scholarship financial aid form. The application must include two recommendations, a personal essay and the student’s high school transcript.
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