Each year, at about this time, our thoughts turn to Spring. And when our thoughts turn to Spring, we know that Summer is not far off. And somewhere, between thinking about Spring and Summer, our thoughts turn to graduation.
Each year we honor our high school graduates by giving them a Bible from the church and, perhaps individually you might give them a little something. Do you ever wonder if there is anything more you can do to help them out?
Well, if they choose to attend Harding University there is a little something more you can do. You see, Harding does a “church match scholarship.” What this means is that Harding will match, up to $500, any scholarship that a church gives to a Harding student (several other church of Christ affiliated universities also offer similar scholarships...but, for some reason my thoughts are turned to Harding right now).
When the Fall semester begins in August, Eastgate will have two (possibly three) students at Harding. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to be able to help each of these families by giving each of these students a $500 scholarship that will turn into $1000 when it is received by Harding?
If you would like to help, all you need to do is write a check to the church, noting that it is for the Church Match Scholarship. You can then, as you are able, donate more if you choose.
If we have more than the $1,000 or $1,500 we need for this Fall, we can keep the excess in the account for the next school year and the account could continue to grow. Before too long, we would have a nice way to continue to assist those of our church family who wish to continue their education at a university affiliated with the church of Christ.
And, in the interest of full disclosure, Rachel is one of the two “for sure” students at Harding in the Fall. So, yes, my family is one that will benefit from this scholarship account.
Note: if you do not attend Eastgate church of Christ, you can still contribute to this fund - just send your contribution in the mail. However, I would encourage you to speak to your congregation's leadership about establishing a similar type of program...and don't wait until you have a daughter (or son) graduating to do it: the money you save could just be your own!