Welch College Announces Nursing Scholarships, Information Session

Welch College has announced new, $1,000 incentive scholarships for eligible students desiring a career in Nursing, according to Dr. Ian Hawkins, Nursing program coordinator at Welch.

“Through the Welch Education Nursing Collaborative, the college offers a seamless 4-year path to a bachelor’s degree in Nursing,” Hawkins said. “New students who apply at Welch by May 15 and meet minimum criteria will receive an additional incentive scholarship of $1,000. Local private-sector employers are providing funds to make the additional financial assistance possible.”

Hawkins reported that a special Nursing Collaborative Information Session will be held March 23 at 6:30 p.m.on the Welch campus in Gallatin in Celorio Hall. The session will explain the academic program, provide a tour of the campus, and offer additional Financial Aid assistance to apply and receive the incentive and other scholarships. Welch College offers scholarships to both traditional and adult students.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges* and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education accredit Welch College both regionally and nationally.  The college remains one of the most affordable private colleges in the mid-state and is ranked 16th by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges of regional colleges in the South.

Registration for the Information Session is not necessary, but additional information is available by contacting Dr. Ian Hawkins at Ihawkins@welch.edu.

*Welch College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Welch College.


Welch College Announces $10,000 Scholarships for Preachers

Beginning in 2020, Welch College will begin offering significant scholarship packages of up to $10,000 per year for new students called to preaching ministries, according to Dr. Barry Raper, Coordinator of Ministry Programs at Welch.

“We at Welch are looking for new ways to engage young men who are sensing a divine call to preaching ministry in a local church context,” Raper said. “Often there are significant financial impediments to such students to immerse themselves in educational preparation for ministry. These scholarships are intended to identify high school students who have noted potential for leadership and service to the church and give them the resources they need to fulfill God’s calling.”

The scholarships, which will be for up to $10,000 per year or $40,000 for a four year bachelor’s degree program, will be limited to new and transfer students, beginning in 2020, who are members in good standing of a Free Will Baptist church and who intend to live on campus, major in Pastoral Ministry or Youth and Family Ministry, and move toward eventual ordination. Scholarship applications will require an essay on the student’s vocational ministry goals and a recommendation from an ordained Free Will Baptist minister.

“With demographic changes in our secularizing society, there are fewer young men who are answering the call to gospel ministry,” said Welch president Matt Pinson. “Often those who have answered the call to ministry attend lower-cost community colleges and eventually fail to fulfill their goal of ministry education, or they are dissuaded completely from a ministerial vocation.”

“Welch features a tremendous program of ministry preparation that receives high marks from students and recent graduates,” Pinson continued. “Our aim is to find creative new ways to open up conversations with young men about ministry formation and how they can affordably realize their dream of training for the ministry of the Word.”

“We’re renewing our efforts to reach out to pastors, youth pastors and leaders, and laypeople who can tell us about young men in their congregation who are gifted and qualified for ministry or are sensing a divine call to preach,” Raper said. “We would love to hear from prospective students interested in more information about Welch and these new scholarships, or people interested in recommending a potential student.”

For more information, or to refer a prospective student, please contact Enrollment Services director Daniel Webster at dwebster@welch.edu.