Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Information about our scholarships and application forms may be found on our Continuing Resolutions page.

The following is offered to provide clarity and direction for opportunities available to members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Latrobe, PA, who seek financial support as they attend Thiel College, other ELCA affiliated colleges or universities, seminary, or seek a Church vocation. Each scholarship listed is for a single academic year; application must be made each year to renewal all scholarships available to Trinity members. Further details and deadline dates for required written applications are presented in the discussions below the scholarship listings.

In addition to the scholarships listed below, if you have any insurance products with a Lutheran fraternal benefit society (i.e., Thrivent Financial for Lutherans), you may also be eligible for financial assistance through such an organization. Contact your local fraternal insurance agent or see their related link www.thrivent.com. Other scholarship and financial aid will likely be available to you, especially at ELCA affiliated colleges, universities and seminaries, through the higher learning institution you attend. Discuss these matters with your institution’s financial aid office.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Paul R. Daw Memorial Scholarship

THIEL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Mary Martha Himler Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Ned J. Nakles Memorial Scholarship
  • Reverend John L. Reiner Scholarship
  • Trinity Memorial Scholarship
  • Westmoreland Educational Society Scholarship

ELCA AFFILIATED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Westmoreland Educational Society Scholarship

CHURCH VOCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATES:

  • Pastor Ronald M. Brant Memorial Scholarship
  • Church Vocation Fund (interest free loan)

SEMINARIAN SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Pastor Ronald M. Brant Memorial Scholarship
  • Mary Martha Himler Memorial Scholarship
  • Pastor Karl E. & Margaret Kniseley Memorial Scholarship
  • Westmoreland Educational Society Scholarship
  • Church Vocation Fund (interest free loan)

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

The Paul R. Daw Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to an active Trinity member, with a preference given to those involved in scouting, pursuing a degree or certification at a college, university or technical school. Applications are available from the church office and on Trinity’s website under Governance Documents, Continuing Resolution C12.05.M03. A completed application and an essay on “the importance of faith in my life” must be submitted for each academic year and received by the church office no later than May 31st for the next academic year. The Special Gifts Committee will also interview applicants. Recommendations are at the discretion of the Special Gifts Committee with final determination by the Congregation Council. The $500 scholarship will be made payable to the higher learning institution listed on the application. The scholarship is paid in two installments; the first in August and the second in January of each academic year.

Thiel College has two endowment scholarships available to Trinity member students: the Reverend John L. Reiner Scholarship and the Trinity Memorial Scholarship. A written request must be made each academic year to a Trinity pastor by March 31st. The pastor will bring your request for financial aid to the Congregation Council in April. Thiel College must be notified by our congregation before the end of April as to how much aid from each endowment scholarship is to be awarded each applicant for the next academic year. The monies in these endowment scholarships are invested and directly controlled by Thiel College to provide financial support to students who are members of Trinity or other ELCA congregations if no Trinity members are in attendance at Thiel College. The total amount awarded each year to all recipients of both scholarships is approximately $2,500, which is usually divided equally among all Thiel College students who are both members of Trinity and make written application for financial aid.

The Dr. Ned J. Nakles Memorial Scholarship is an “in-house” Thiel College scholarship awarded to one student each year, with a preference given to Trinity members. Applications are available only from Thiel College and must be submitted usually not later than March 31st to Thiel’s Financial Aid Office. Criteria include a 3.0 GPA and participation in community service. The Dr. Ned J. Nakles Memorial Scholarship recipient is chosen and awarded directly by Thiel College. The scholarship award amount will vary year-to-year dependent upon the endowment fund investment earnings, but is approximately $1,300 per year.

The Pastor Ronald M. Brant Memorial Scholarship is available to a Trinity member who seeks a Church vocation. A written application must be must be submitted for each academic year and received by the church office no later than May 31st for the next academic year. Seminarians are given preference for the annual scholarship award; recommendations are at the discretion of the Special Gifts Committee with final determination by the Congregation Council. The award amount varies from year-to-year and is dependent upon the trust fund annual investment earnings; however, the total amount that is awarded to one applicant annually is approximately $150. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the higher learning institution, which must be identified in the written application, and sent to the scholarship recipient for remittance to the learning institution. The scholarship is paid in two installments; the first in August and the second in January of each academic year.

Mary Martha Himler Memorial Scholarships are available to Trinity members attending Thiel College or an ELCA seminary. The award amounts vary from year-to-year and are dependent upon the number of applicants and trust fund annual investment earnings; however, the total annual amount, which is usually divided equally between all recipients, is approximately $1,200. Application and scholarship requirements (regular worship attendance, campus ministry involvement, report to the Congregation Council, minimum 2.0 GPA, etc.) are available from the church office or at Trinity’s website under Governance Documents, Continuing Resolution C12.05.H02. Applications must be received by the church office no later than May 31st for the next academic year. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to Thiel College or the seminary named on the application and sent to the scholarship recipient for remittance to the learning institution. The scholarships are paid in two installments; the first in August and the second in January of each academic year.

The Pastor Karl E. & Margaret Kniseley Memorial Scholarship was established to provide financial aid to Trinity member seminarians. The award amounts vary from year-to-year and are dependent upon the number of applicants and annual income derived from Trinity Acres. Applications are available from the church office or at Trinity’s website under Governance Documents, Continuing Resolution C12.05.I02. Applications must be received by the church office no later than May 31st for the next academic year. Scholarship awards are made payable directly to the seminary named on the application and sent to the scholarship recipient for remittance to the seminary. The scholarships are paid in two installments; the first in August and the second in January of each academic year.

The Church Vocation Fund offers an interest-free revolving loan for Trinity members who are seminarians or undergraduates seeking a Church vocation. A written application must be submitted for each academic year and received by the church office no later than May 31st for the next academic year. The loan amount will vary year-to-year dependent upon the trust fund annual investment earnings, loan payments received from former students, and number of applicants. However, applicants should not expect loans of more than $1,000 for any academic year. All loan recommendations are at the discretion of the Special Gifts Committee with final determination by the Congregation Council. A loan agreement is required between the applicant and the church and reimbursements must commence within one year of graduation or termination of studies.

The Westmoreland Educational Society awards scholarships to Lutheran students whose home congregation is in Westmoreland County and attends an ELCA affiliated college or seminary. The award amounts vary from year-to-year and are dependent upon the number of applicants and annual investment earnings. Application forms and scholarship requirements can be obtained from Mrs. Lisa Robosky, Chairperson, Westmoreland Educational Society, 831 West Lynn Street, Greensburg, PA 15601-2918. Mrs. Lisa Robosky’s telephone number is 724-832-7349. Applications must be received by the Westmoreland Educational Society usually not later than May 1st for the next academic year. The scholarship awards are made payable directly to the ELCA affiliated college or seminary named on your application and sent to the scholarship recipient for remittance to the higher learning institution. The scholarships are paid in two installments; the first in August and the second in January of each academic year.

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