Would you, your children, or anyone in your extended family be interested in extending your education? Maybe someone is preparing for (or already enrolled in) college, technical, business or trade school, etc. Educational grants/scholarships are available from the Lee Lester Educational Fund at FBC! Recipients awarded these grants must be a member of our church, part of a church member’s family or extended family; previously maintained a GPA of at least 2.5; and be shown capable of continuing their education. If you’d like an application form, pick up one at the church office (276-632-6336), or click on the link below.
The (Clarence) Lee Lester Educational Fund was established by Annie and George Tilden “G.T.” Lester, Jr. upon the untimely death of their son, Lee, due to injuries following an automobile accident. Loans were to be granted to deserving students of First Baptist Church members including children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives as long as the student was related to the church member. College, University, Community College, Trade or Vocational school were all included as possible higher education opportunities.
Lee Lester Educational Fund Scholarship
Recipient Requirements: (1) Must be a member of First Baptist Church or family member of a church member; (2) Be a graduating senior from high school or enrolled in higher education in good standing; (3) Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average as evidenced by the most recent high school or college transcripts or similar documentation; (4) Enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, vocational or technical/trade school; (5) Demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily complete college level studies.
Individuals may come by the Church Office at 23 Starling Avenue to pick up a copy of the Lee Lester Educational Scholarship application during regular church office hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p. m. Closed on Friday.
Applicants may email their applications to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the application by the church office during church office hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p. m. Closed on Friday.
Applications are due March 15th by 2:00 p.m.
In addition to the completed application form, applicants will need to provide the following:
Please attach a Transcript and a Resume with the following information from your latest school:
- Extracurricular activities
- School activities
- Community volunteerism
- Work experience
Three References are required. You may include teachers, principals, guidance counselors, employees, or clergy. Do not consider family or friends.
A 300-500 word Essay is to be submitted from one of the topics listed:
- What would receiving the Lee Lester Educational Scholarship mean to you?
- Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did It affect you? What did you learn from this experience?
- How are you unique? (Discuss your background, identity, interest, and talent.)