The Synod of Lakes and Prairies,
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2115 Cliff Dr.
Eagan, MN 55122-3327
Phone: (651) 357-1140
Toll Free: 1 (800) 328-1880
Fax: (651) 357-1141
The Racial Ethnic Scholarship Fund is an educational assistance program designed to encourage Racial Ethnic Students to complete their college education and graduate with an academic degree to prepare for life-long employment, elected, or volunteer service.
Funds for this program are provided by the Committee on Racial Ethnic Ministry, Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Applicants MUST be:
Applications will be evaluated, and awards selected based on information supplied on the form and the recommendations from a pastor and teacher/professor. Students must be able to demonstrate their leadership in a variety of roles. Winning consideration will focus on academic achievement and personal qualities reflected in church, school, and community activities.
It is your responsibility to see that the official transcript, financial aid information, letters of recommendation, and your application are all submitted by the deadline, September 30th. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
All applicants will be notified by the committee if they have been chosen for an award or not. The scholarship award may only be used toward educational costs and will be paid directly to the school. The scholarship is a supplement to any other financial aid received by the student and becomes part of the total financial aid package.
The following supporting documents must be received by the Synod Office no later than the September 30 deadline in order for your application to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to see that all documents have been submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.
Financial Aid Information
The purpose of this form is to establish your need for funding. The financial aid office or the bursar’s office must submit the completed form directly to the Synod Office via e-mail or fax (information provided on the form). Contact the office early to give them adequate time to complete and submit the form to meet the September 30 deadline. Financial Information Form (fillable PDF).
Pastor’s Letter of Recommendation
Ask your pastor to write a letter of recommendation describing your qualities of character, leadership, and outstanding contributions. If your church is currently without pastoral leadership or if the applicant is a member of the pastor’s immediate family, please ask an associate pastor, Clerk of Session, or Session Moderator to write a letter. Allow enough time for the letter to be completed and submitted by the September 30 deadline. Letters may be submitted by email: email@example.com, or fax: 651-357-1141, or mail: 2115 Cliff Dr., Eagan, MN 55122.
Professor’s Letter of Recommendation
Ask a professor to write a letter of recommendation describing your qualities of character, leadership, and outstanding contributions. If you are a new student and do not know any of your professors you may select a teacher from your previous school. If the applicant is a member of the professor or teacher’s immediate family, please ask another professor, teacher, or school administrator to write a letter. Applicants attending college or seminary for at least a semester will request a letter from a professor. Allow enough time for the letter to be completed and submitted by the September 30 deadline. Letters may be submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 651-357-1141, or mail: 2115 Cliff Dr., Eagan, MN 55122.
The registrar’s office must submit an official copy of your transcript directly to the Synod Office at email@example.com. Allow enough time for your request to be completed and submitted by the September 30 deadline.
Recent High School graduates should contact their school for information on how to request an official transcript.
The application may be completed online; you may save your application at any point and return later. The application is also available as a fillable PDF which may also be printed and completed by hand.
Questions about the scholarship application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-328-1880, ext.202.