Scholarships

124 awards were given to Dawson and Pickens County high school seniors at the Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Banquet on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

On April 30, Big Canoe Chapel hosted approximately 350 students and family members in a ceremony honoring 124 students who received scholarships totaling over $116,000.   Students recognized with scholarships were from eight different public and private schools and one home school.

Big Canoe Chapel has offered scholarships for the last 35 years to deserving students in Dawson and Pickens Counties.  The Scholarship Program was introduced in 1982 with the goal of encouraging high school students to attend college.  Since 1982, over 2300 students have received awards totaling over $2,500,000.

Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Program, operates under the direction of a Scholarship Committee currently consisting of Sandra and Larry Applewhite, Lynn and Brian Roberts, Ellen Finley, Syl and Gordon Harnesberger, Jo Ellen Tramell,  Barbara and Bill Weagly, and Cathy and Jerry Wentworth.  The Scholarship Committee is assisted with interviewing students by a host of Chapel member volunteers.

We ask God’s blessings on these scholarship recipients and their families, and wish them success as they continue their education.

Big Canoe Chapel will announce the availability of scholarship funds to selected high school seniors in the class of 2018 in the fall. The primary criterion for determining the amount of the scholarships is family financial need. The secondary criterion is scholastic achievement. Extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration.


WHO MAY APPLY FOR A BIG CANOE CHAPEL SCHOLARSHIP?
 Any student may apply who:

  • is a resident of Pickens or Dawson County, and
  • is graduating from an accredited high school or homeschool program, and
  • wishes to further his/her education as a full-time student in any college or vocational/technical school.

TO BE CONSIDERED for a Big Canoe Scholarship, students must do the following:

  • Provide the Scholarship Committee with an official transcript of high school grades. Applicants must meet the minimum HOPE scholarship requirements.
  • Provide two written personal references: one from the school, such as a teacher, counselor, or administrator; and one from an adult outside the school or family.
  • Complete the Senior Profile. A school counselor will provide the necessary information to secure and complete the form. The completed form must be type-written. Please be as specific as possible in responding to the questions.
  • Provide a letter of acceptance from a college or vocational/technical school of choice. If not available by the application deadline, this may be mailed or faxed to the Chapel to be received in January of 2018. Also include your college ID number. (DO NOT DELAY submitting scholarship application.)
  • Set up an appointment for an interview. School counselors will assist with scheduling the student interviews, which will be conducted by a member of the Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Committee. Interview at the public high school in your home county, even if you do not attend that school.

Print our Scholarship Brochure.