Alumni Scholarship

The Bert and Dianne Tippett Scholarships are awarded each July at the Free Will Baptist National Convention. Applications, reference forms, and personal essay for this scholarship must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at Welch College no later than May 1st.


Criteria for Alumni Scholarship

1. The applicant must be a descendant of an alumnus (child or grandchild).
2. The applicant must have applied for federal aid using the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid for the award year in which the scholarship applies.
3. The student must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5
4. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (taking at least 12 hours).
5.The applicant must stay in school the entire semester in order to receive the scholarship. (The scholarship will be applied to the student’s account just prior to the final exams that semester.)
6. Application and all references must be postmarked by May 1st in order to be considered.

The Application Process

1. Fill out the Bert and Dianne Tippett Alumni Scholarship application.
2. Download and print the “Request for Reference Letter” and send it to your three references.

  • Church Life: Pastor, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Worker
  • Academic Life: Teacher, Principal, Coach, Counselor, or other school official
  • Other: Your choice, such as Employer, Community Leader, or a Friend

3. Write a personal essay (typed, 12pt font, double-spaced, 1-3 pages) and send it to the Alumni Scholarship Committee.

The Essay should include:

  • Personal History – (salvation experience, family composition, and work experiences.
  • Reasons for Coming to Welch College
  • Current Involvement in Ministry – Include information on your Christian service, church and community involvement, and ther volunteer activities.
  • Future Plans – Include your specific goals in life and/or ministry.

Please take note of the following:

  • Failure to submit the application and  Reference letters by the deadline will result in disqualification.
  • The personal essay and reference letters must be postmarked by May 1st.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to be sure all references are submitted by the deadline.
  • The most current GPA should be reported at the time application is made.

Mail essay and reference forms to:

Welch College
Tippett Alumni Scholarship Committee
1045 Bison Trail
Gallatin, TN 37066

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Next Steps

  • Submit a personal essay (typed, double spaced, three pages maximum). Your essay should include this information: Personal History (salvation experience, family composition, and work experience). Reason for coming to Welch College. Current Involvement in Ministry, Future Plans (Include goals in life and/or ministry)
  • Obtain at least one reference from each of the following categories (Reference forms can be downloaded at the top of this application): 1. Church Life (Pastor, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Worker). 2. Academic Life (Teacher, Principal, Coach, Counselor, or other school official) 3. Other: (Your choice, such as Employer, Community Leader, or Friend)
  • All reference forms must be turned in by May 1st. Your application will not be complete if all reference forms are not submitted.
  • Mail reference forms and essay to:
    Bert and Dianne Tippett Alumni Scholarship Committee
    c/o Financial Aid Office
    Welch College
    1045 Bison Trail
    Gallatin, TN 37066