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Educational Scholarships


Main Street Baptist Church is proud to sponsor three scholarships to aid young adults and their families by providing financial aid for higher education. All three scholarships are awarded to members of MSBC who have demonstrated past academic achievement, Christian commitment, and an active participation in the church’s youth or young adult ministry. Scholarship recipients are determined by a committee of five church members. Selections are based on written application submitted by student and a personal interview with the committee. Applications are available and sent out starting in April. Applications are also available at the church office. Interviews are held in May and awards are made in June each year. Recipients are expected to do their best academically and to live out their Christian faith on campus so as to bring glory to the Lord.  


 This scholarship was created by the nieces and nephews of Miss Lifsey in deep appreciation for the more than 90 years of love and nurture she has received and given in the church and in recognition of her lifelong commitment to education as a public school teacher, a private kindergarten teacher, and a Sunday School teacher. The first scholarship was awarded in 2002. This scholarship is available to any young adult who is entering or returning to college or seminary and who meets the requirements put forth by the Scholarship committee. 


The Dr. George W. Braswell Scholarship was created in 1997 by Dr. Braswell in appreciation for the love and nurturing he received at MSBC both during his childhood and during the years since he left Emporia to pursue a life in education and the ministry. The first scholarship was awarded in 2000. This scholarship available to any young adult who is entering or returning to college or seminary and who meets the requirements put forth by the Scholarship committee. 


The Main Street Baptist Church Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of three individuals from our church (Dr. Jerry Niswonger, Angie Harris, Keith Michaels) who died during a nine month time period during the mid-1990’s. The families of these individuals wished to honor their memory with a scholarship to benefit Christian teenagers and young adults in our congregation. The first scholarship was awarded in 2001. This scholarship is available to college bound high school seniors who meet the requirements put forth by the scholarship committee.


1. Be a graduating high school senior. Current college students are eligible for the Braswell and Lifsey scholarships.
2. Be a member of MSBC for at least two years.
3. Be an active member of the youth or young adult ministry for at least two years.
4. Provide evidence in written application and personal interview of Christian commitment and high standards in previous academic performance. (Copy of school transcript required!)
5. Have a confirmed acceptance to post-secondary education.
6. Submit application by due date and participate in scheduled interview with committee.


Show your support for students from MSBC by making a tax deductible donation to the scholarship of your choice. The MSBC Scholarship and the Lifsey Scholarship are entirely dependent on donations, while the Braswell Scholarship is supported by both donations and an interest bearing account. Please make checks payable to Main Street Baptist Church and write the word scholarship or the name of a specific scholarship on the memo line of your check. Only checks with this notation can be directed into a scholarship fund.         

ADDITIONALLY, students may wish to consider: The scholarship and ministerial education fund opportunities offered through the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

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