Each year, the Northminster Presbyterian Church awards scholarships to youth who will be attending college or a trade school for the first year and/or for those who are already enrolled in a trade school or college. Scholarship amounts vary contingent on available funds.

Scholarship Deadline: April 1, 2020

Rules and application forms are below.


The Northminster Presbyterian Church (NPC) Scholarship has been established by the members of Northminster Presbyterian Church of Ames, Iowa for the purpose of assisting and encouraging worthy and deserving persons in the furthering of their education.  It is our goal to do this within the context of the Christian faith, with a vision for academic freedom, and with the historic concern for education, which has been so characteristic of our reformed heritage.

The scholarship may be awarded to a high school graduating senior who was enrolled in a public high school and/or to a student who is enrolled in a college of higher learning.  A college of higher learning may include a four-year college or graduate school, a two-year community college, or a trade school.  The school may be located anywhere in the United States.  A student already enrolled in a college of higher learning may be in any academic classification from freshmen through graduate school.

Since this is a scholarship established, presented, and administered by Northminster Presbyterian Church, applicants who are members or have an association with this congregation shall receive preferential consideration, but this shall not preclude others from being considered for the scholarship.

The recipient must meet all academic requirements designated by his/her vocational or occupational area and meet the minimum requirements of the institution in which he/she is enrolling or is presently attending.

Mindful of the church’s constant call to mission, the financial need of the applicant(s) shall be a consideration in making the selection.  Depending on the funds available, the scholarship amount will be determined by the NPC Scholarship Committee.  If there is more than one worthy recipient, additional scholarships may be awarded.  Former scholarship recipients can apply, however new applicants will be given preference.

Since this scholarship is given by the Northminster Presbyterian Church, special recognition of the recipients will be given during NPC’s morning worship and fellowship that follows worship.   Recognition will be given on May 10, 2020 or May 17, 2020.   Recipients may choose which date fits their schedules.

The rules and the application form for the Northminster Presbyterian Church Scholarship are available on the church’s website at www.amesnpc.org as well as hard copies at the church office.  There will need to be two letters of reference.  The writer of the reference may send the letter electronically, amesnpc@gmail.com or by US Mail to the NPC Scholarship Comm., 1416 20th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010.   It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to make sure that two reference letters are submitted by the stated deadline, April 1, 2020 to the NPC Scholarship Committee.  The applicant must have had contact with the reference person in the last twelve months.  It is not required, but if the applicant wishes to have a reference letter from his/her pastor that letter would be in addition to the two required reference letters.

The Northminster Presbyterian Church Scholarship Committee will consist of five members.    The SERVE Ministry Team oversees the NPC Scholarship.

Funds for the NPC Scholarship will be received from the SERVE Ministry Team yearly Mission budget.  Donations are also welcome from individual NPC members. The NPC Scholarship would welcome memorial money from families who wish to have the NPC Scholarship be one of their designees.

Session approved April 16, 2013

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     1416 20
th Street
     Ames, Iowa 50010


Name ________________________________________________________________

_Address ________________________________________________________________


E-mail address  ___________________________   Phone  _____________________

Date of Birth (month, day, year)  _________________________________________

_Name of College/University/Trade School  _____________________________

Major  ___________________________________________________________________

This application must be accompanied by a photocopy of the applicant’s most recent transcript – high school or higher learning college.  The completed form may be returned electronically with attention to the Scholarship Committee at amesnpc@gmail.com or it may be returned by US Mail to the Scholarship Committee, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1416 20th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010 by the April 1, 2020 deadline.

The applicant must provide two current personal letters of reference (school, community, employer).  They may be sent, by the writer, electronically or by US Mail using the addresses above.  The applicant must have had contact with the reference person within the last twelve months.  If the applicant wishes, a third letter may be submitted by his/her church pastor.  This is an option, not a requirement. 

Please answer the following five questions on two pages. Answers to questions 1, 2 and 3 should be on page one and answers to questions 4 and 5 on page two.

Do not add extra pages.

l.  What are your present plans regarding a career and what has influenced your thinking in this matter?

2.  What is your relationship to the Christian Faith and how has this influenced your vocational/educational choice?

3.  What is your affiliation with Northminster Presbyterian Church?

4.  In what out-of school/college activities do you participate?

5.  What special awards or honors have you received in high school or college/higher learning not covered by the previous questions?

I attest the above information is true and correct and I have read the rules that accompany the NPC Scholarship.  I am also aware of the two presentation recognition dates at Northminster during morning worship and fellowship time: May 10, 2020 and/or May 17, 2020.

_________________  date                                             _________________________________________ Applicant’s Signature