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Big Canoe Chapel has offered scholarships for the last 39 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 2,400 students have received awards totaling over $2,700,000.

Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Program operates under the direction of a Scholarship Committee currently chaired by Larry Applewhite.

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


  • 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 a college or university (technical colleges not eligible).

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

  • Complete a Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Application. (Download pdf or Word file.) Application must be typed.
  • Provide the Scholarship Committee with an official transcript of high school grades. Applicants must be HOPE qualified, with a 3.25 GPA in core courses, and have a combination of 3 AP/Dual Enrollment Credits.
  • 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. (Download pdf or Word file.) 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 university of choice. If not available by the application deadline, Noon on January 22, 2021, a copy of it (phone picture acceptable) can be emailed to [email protected].
  • 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.