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Dream Forward Scholarship Initiative

The Dream Forward Scholarship Initiative seeks to partner Christian colleges and seminaries to invest in the educational future of minority students. The centerpiece of this effort is the creation of new pathways to a quality higher education through an array of full and partial tuition scholarships at participating Christian colleges and universities around the country reserved exclusively for minority students in Memphis. The goal is to equip these students to return to their home community to strengthen it in some way, for example, by returning to the Mid-South to make a difference for a local church, ministry, or non-profit.

  • Bethlehem College & Seminary
    • Bethlehem College and Seminary will offer four full tuition scholarships for their Memphis extension as well as the Serious Joy Scholarship being received by four undergraduate and one Masters of Divinity students from Memphis.
      • Total Value: $250,000
        Per Student (Memphis Extension): $12,500
        Per Student (Serious Joy Scholarship): $40,000 over the course of four years
    • Contact: Daniel Kleven – [email protected]
  • Blue Mountain College
    • Blue Mountain College will be offering one full tuition scholarship that is renewable for all four years.
  • Dallas Baptist University
    • Dallas Baptist University will offer five $1,000 scholarships that will each be renewable for four years.
  • Gateway Seminary
    • Gateway Seminary will offer up to five full tuition scholarships to any SBC master’s degree seeking student who lives in student housing on their Ontario, California campus.
      • Total Value: $47,700
        Per Student: $9,540
    • Contact: Adam Groza – [email protected]
  • Gordon College
    • Gordon College will present the Clarendon Scholarship Program, valued at 75% of tuition) for a student from Memphis.
      • Total Value: $108,000
        Per Student: $27,000 per year
    • Contact: Dan Tymann – [email protected]
  • Hannibal-LaGrange University
    • Hannibal-LaGrange University will offer a partial scholarship for four years.
      • Total Value: $10,725
        Per Student: $10,725
    • Contact: Jeff Brown – [email protected]
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & College
    • Midwestern Seminary & College will offer four scholarships to full time, minority students from Memphis.
      • Total Value: $50,000
        Per Student: $12,500
    • Contact: Charles Smith, Jr. – [email protected]
  • Missouri Baptist
    • Missouri Baptist University will offer two scholarships that will increase in value  each year a student stays at MBU.
      • Total Value: $20,000
        Per Student: $10,000
    • Contact: Prof. Brenda Duckworth Bradford – [email protected]
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary/Leavell College
    • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as Leavell College, will offer five scholarships to students who move to New Orleans to attend school.
      • Total Value: $40,000
        Per Student: $8,000
    • Contact: Norris Grubbs – [email protected]
  • North Greenville University
    • North Greenville University will offer a scholarship, named the MLK50 NGU Memphis Scholarship, that will cover room and board for a students time at North Greenville University.
      • Total Value: $10,840
        Per Student: $10,840
    • Contact: Tony Beam – [email protected]
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
    • Oklahoma Baptist University will offer a $5,000 scholarship to every incoming freshman from the city of Memphis.
  • Ouachita Baptist University
    • Ouachita Baptist University will offer merit scholarships to all Memphis-area students, while also funding up to two scholarships to students recommended through the MLK50 Dram Forward Scholarship Initiative.
      • Total Value: $90,000
        Per Student: TBD
    • Contact: Susan Hurst – [email protected]
  • Shorter University
    • Shorter University will offer one full tuition scholarship that will cover four years.
      • Total Value: $87,760
        Per Student: $87,760
    • Contact: Emily Messer – [email protected]
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Southeastern Seminary and College at Southeastern will offer two full scholarships and access to additional financial aid for underrepresented communities.
      • Total value: $40,000
        2 scholarships to College at Southeastern
      • Contact: Walter Strickland – [email protected]
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary/Boyce College
    • Southern Seminary and Boyce College will be offering three scholarships (two for Southern and one for Boyce) for minority students from Memphis who will be taking classes at Southern Seminary’s Louisville campus (five thousand dollars per year for each student over the span of four years).
  • University of Mobile
    • The University of Mobile will offer a $20,000 scholarship over four years at the school.
      • Total Value: $20,000
        Per Student: $20,000
      • Contact: Charity Wittner – [email protected]
  • Trinity International University
    • Trinity International University will offer will offer two full tuition scholarships (One for each the undergraduate program and TEDS).
  • Union University
    • Union University will offer two full-ride scholarships.
  • Wheaton College
    • Wheaton College will offer one partial scholarship to a student from Memphis.