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Financial Aid Committee
(formerly Scholarship Committee)

Financial Aid Recipients

Give a man a fish and he has food for one meal.  Teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime.    Likewise with a student – Give a young person an education and he/she has opportunities for a successful and fulfilling life.  By awarding monetary assistance, the financial aid committee hopes to enable qualified area students to seek higher education or vocational training beyond high school graduation.

Each recipient is also appointed a mentor from the Chapel who provides guidance, counsel and moral support as long as the student receives Chapel funding for the pursuit of his/her educational goals.  Each year when the financial aid is awarded, Chapel members have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors. 

Monetary support for the financial aid program comes through designated giving.  What a wonderful way to honor a friend or special teacher!

The financial aid committee meets in late April and early May to review applications, interview applicants and make awards.  The students and mentors are introduced and honored at a worship service in late May.

If you would like to participate in this program in any way or want more information, email David Briggs or call him at 254-694-4259.

WBC Sponsor: David Briggs Email


      
ission  More Thank You Notes
from Chapel Scholarship Awards
 oment  November, 2017

The Chapel continues to receive thank you notes from those that were awarded a Financial Aid Scholarship.

The latest thank you notes were received from Karrisa Gant, Shane Beam and his mother.

Karrisa was a member of the class of 2013 and mentored by Bill and Becky McKee.  You can read Karrisa's note

Shane was member of the class of 2017 and mentored by Danny Bodeker.   You can read the notes from Shane and his mother.



      
ission  Thank You from Skyelar Robinson
 oment  November, 2017

Skyelar Robinson is a Financial Aid awardee from the Chapel's Education Mission committee in 2017.  Skyelar is mentored by Carol Bartlett.  David Briggs is Sub-Committee chairman for Financial Aid. You can read her thank you note.



      
ission  Braelyn Davis Thank You and Update
 oment  August, 2017

Braelyn Davis graduated from Blum High School in 2015 and was awarded a Financial Aid scholarship.  Braelyn has been mentored by Scotty and Kay Lea Scott.  Her note is more evidence of what the Chapel's award and mentorship means to the award winners.

"Hi everyone, you all recently interviewed my brother Nicholas Davis for your scholarship, and he let me know that you all asked about me and wanted an update. Let me first start by saying thank you so much for remembering and asking about me, I am very blessed to have all of you rooting and caring for me. I just completed my junior year at Tarleton and am enrolled already for my senior year at Tarleton. I will be graduating in the summer of 2018 with my bachelor's in Kinesiology. After that, I am going to work on my masters in athletic training at Tarleton also.

I am back home for the summer to work a summer program for the kids at Blum along with taking an online college class. I am able to do all of these things because of God's plan and because of people like you all. Your scholarship has meant the world to me and I am so blessed to have it to help me pursue my education. I could say thank you a million times and in a thousand different ways, but it still wouldn't be enough to show my appreciation to all of you! I will send you my grades once my professors finalize them and then my schedule for the fall semester. Have a wonderful week!"



      
ission  Whitney Brantley Thank You for Financial Aid
 oment  July, 2017

Whitney Brantley was awarded a Financial Aid scholarship by the Chapel in 2014.  She has forwarded a thank you note that details what she has accomplished in her three years at Abilene Christian University.

She has been involved in several areas of health care and will be taking a Bible class and Speech class during this summer.  Whitney is mentored by Jim and Ann Duncan.  It is evident that they have had a steady impact on her life.

You can read her thank you with more details of her activities.



      
ission  2017 Financial Aid Recipients
and Mentors Announced
 oment  June, 2017

On Sunday May 28 the Chapel Education Missions Committee led by Peggy Mitchell honored the students who applied for and were awarded the Financial Aid Awards from the Chapel.  David Briggs, sub-chairman, made the announcements as the students and their mentors were called to the front of the Sanctuary.  The mentor or mentors handed each student a Bible and their pictures were taken.  A photo of the entire group of students was then taken. There were 11 students from Whitney and two from Blum.  It was an entertaining presentation.

The following is the list of students and mentors:  Shane Beam, mentor Danny Bodeker; Kaylie Burkett, mentors Vicki and Dale Thompson; Sierra Cox, mentor Nancie Yarbro; Kimberlee Daniel, mentors Anne and Ray Fox; Nicholas Davis, mentor Wes Mitchell; Aylin Guille Chavez, mentor Tommy Edgar; Nirali Fumakiya, mentors Harry and Ginger Seurkamp; Taylor Gilchrist, mentors Monte and Marelia Geren; Jasmine Heard, mentor Nancy McGinnis; Sydney Johnson, mentors Ron and Carla Roberts; Micah Penny, mentors Andy and Sandy Dayton; Skyelar Robinson, mentor Carol Bartlett; and Leslie Verde, mentor Betty Newman.  You can read the recipients' bios.

Over the years, the Chapel's support of this educational assistance mission has been substantial, and the program's mentorship element has contributed greatly to the success of many students.  The Education Mission committee wishes to thank all those mentors who stepped up to provide guidance and support for their students.








      
ission  Thank You from Alexis Turner
 oment  May, 2017

Alexis Turner received Financial Aid from the Chapel in 2013. She is now graduating from UT Austin and has sent David Briggs a thank you note in appreciation of the Chapel's gift. Alexis was mentored by Ruth Maddux. It's gratifying to hear how the gift has impacted a student's ability to achieve their goals.

Alexis' note:

Thank you for your generosity and support the past four years at the University of Texas at Austin.  Receiving the White Bluff Chapel Scholarship has helped me immensely.
Thank you,
Alexis Turner

Alexis' bio from when she was awarded the financial aid four years ago:


Alexis Turner

Graduated Whitney High School, 2013
College University of Texas at Austin
Major Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Award Date 2013
Mentor Ruth Maddux

Alexis Turner finished her high school career with an impressive 96.8 GPA. She has accomplished this while completing multiple pre-AP, AP and dual-credit courses. During her senior year, Alexis worked at retail store while keeping up with her studies. She has been on the cross-country, basketball, track and cheerleading teams, as well as participating in Spanish Club and serving on the Student Council. Alexis has been involved in numerous community service activities, including cheer clinics, roadside clean-up and several fundraising events. Her career objective is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Toward that end, she will be attending the University of Texas at Austin.


      
ission  Appreciation for Financial Aid
 oment  August, 2016

Andre Ribeiro

The Chapel has once again received thank you notes from two scholarship recipients showing their appreciation for the Chapel's financial aid.  The mentoring part of the award has been a very successful addition to the financial aid they receive.

2014 recipient Adriana Arredono, mentored by Becky Watkins and 2016 recipient Andre Ribeiro, mentored by David and Ava Woods have sent thank you notes expressing their appreciation for their financial aid support from the Chapel.

Adriana Arredono

The Chapel receives regular input from students that are awarded the financial aid.   It's a blessing to know how that support is helping someone from the Lake Whitney area achieve their goals for higher education.

The Education Mission Committee Chair is Peggy Mitchell and Financial Aid sub-committee Chair is David Briggs.  If you want to know more about this mission or become more involved as a mentor you can email David.



      
ission  Scholarship Recipient and Mentor Comments
 oment  July, 2016

Once again the Chapel has received input, in the form of an essay, from one of its scholarship recipients.  That together with the thoughts of the mentor make a wonderful example of why the Chapel Financial Aid program is a very rewarding program for all involved.  Below is a note from David Briggs about mentoring Brandon Reprogle.  Additionally at the end of David's note you can follow the link to Brandon's essay.  It's very much worth the time to read about what the Chapel's gift has meant to Brandon.

Attached is an essay from my mentee, Brandon Reprogle (2014).  When I mentioned to him that we may be able to offer some scholarship extensions, he thought it would require submitting another essay.  I know more about his history, and I am so proud of the decisions he is making and his commitment to making a difference for others in his career.

In his first two years of college, he has considered many options, including dropping out and working to help his mother.  His desire to play collegiate football led him to search for a school which could offer him an athletic scholarship, but coming from a small school, Blum, Texas, where he was an outstanding athlete wasn't enough to win that support.  He then considered a small college where he could win a "walk on" place on the team.  But, the tuition expenses were prohibitive.  So, with some good advice from his girl friend, his mother, and me, he made a firm decision to transfer to UNT to pursue a degree in kinesiology and minor in psychology to become a high school coach.  He has been accepted into the UNT School of Education, and is very excited about his decision.

For me, personally, this is the kind of experience that makes mentoring so rewarding!

I thank the Lord for allowing me to play this role.

David Briggs

Brandon's essay



      
ission  Scholarship Program Name Change
 oment  June, 2016

The Educational Mission Sub-Committee Chaired by Peggy Mitchell recently changed the name of the scholarship program from Scholarship to Financial Aid.  Financial Aid Committee Chair David Briggs provided the following explanation for the change.

The rationale for changing the name of the White Bluff Chapel educational awards from "scholarship" to "financial aid" was to encourage more students to apply.  Selecting award winners is based on much more than just good grades.  Naturally good grades are important in showing responsibility, but work ethic, volunteerism, leadership ability, and extra-curricular involvement also help define character. 

We are looking for students who have demonstrated responsibility, outstanding character, realistic plans, and a financial need.  With so many outstanding applicants, financial need is weighted heavily in the selection process.  Performance in the interview process really helps our committee assess applicant character.  It is a prayerfully serious responsibility to make the selections, and we often agonize over the final decisions.  At the same time it is such a wonderful experience to be able to use God's financial resources to create opportunities for these students.  I feel blessed to be a part of it.

If you have questions or want to be more involved with the Financial Aid program you can contact David Briggs.



      
ission  2016 Financial Aid Recipients Bios And Photos
 oment  June, 2016

In the last website update the 2016 Financial Aid recipients were listed with their mentor(s).  An array of photos with mentors was included.  An error was noticed leaving out Marina Delgado's name and mentors Jim and Ann Duncan.  Marina's picture was included.  A corrected version with Marina's name and mentors was sent the Lakelander for publication.

Bios of each recipient and individual photos have been added to the website. Reading the bios on the website will provide better understanding of why they were selected for Financial Aid.  The Lake Whitney community has many very talented and motivated students.  Each year the committee has a difficult job selecting winners from the applicants.

The Bibles that were given to the recipients contained three selected verses that were fastened inside.  They are:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God!  Let thy good spirit lead me on a level path!

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.


      
ission  Chapel Awards 2016 Scholarships
 oment  May, 2016

White Bluff Chapel celebrated another year of awarding college scholarships to local deserving graduating high school seniors at its "Senior Recognition Sunday" service on May 22.  Scholarship Committee Chairman David Briggs introduced 12 of this year's 14 scholarship winners and their mentors to the White Bluff Chapel congregation at the opening of the service.  Members of David's committee are Ava Wood, Bill McKee, Cheryl Robinson and Patty Turner.  The Scholarship Committee pledges to assist the fourteen students through all or part of their college studies.


This year's scholars have selected a variety of Texas institutions of higher learning.  By awarding financial assistance, the Scholarship Committee hopes to enable qualified area students to seek higher education or vocational training beyond their high school graduation.  The mentoring program is a unique and distinguishing feature of the Chapel's scholarship program.  Mentors volunteer their time and assistance for each student.  They pledge to provide guidance, counsel and moral support as long as the student receives Chapel funding for the pursuit of his/her educational goals.  Students receive a small Bible engraved with their name from their mentor(s).  Following the Chapel service they and their families met and visited with their mentors during Fellowship time.



The scholarship recipients and their mentors include Adriana Contreras (mentor Cheryl Lucas); Bennett Cardoso (mentors Jim & Ann Duncan); Daniel Delgado (mentors Jay & Kay Miller); Sanjuana Delgado (mentors Bill & Carol Campbell); Tori Esquivel (mentor Bob Harris); Sidney Hudechek (mentors Bill & Betsy Torman); Adan Martinez (mentors Mike & Liz Umble); Luz Martinez (mentors Jim & Ann Duncan); Hannah Penny (mentor Jackie Torell); Andre Riberiro (mentors David & Ava Wood); Camaron Wilson (mentor Marilyn Halsell); Wyatt Jackson (mentors Howard & Pat Clement); Caleb Johnson (mentors Jay & Kay Miller; John & Caroline Upchurch).  For the first time a brother and sister , Daniel and Sanjuana Delgado, were awarded a scholarship.  They are the third and fourth members of their family to receive a Chapel scholarship.  Hannah Penny is the second home schooled recipient.  Adan Martinez and Camaron Wilson were not present for pictures.



WBC members take great pride in the scholarships we fund for graduating seniors of Whitney and Blum High Schools.  The element that sets our program apart from most is the Mentoring Program.  WBC continually receives thank you notes from past recipients praising the role of the mentors in their lives.



Financial support for the scholarship program comes through designated giving.  Consider selecting this wonderful way to honor a friend or special teacher or to memorialize a family member.


Those interested in participating in the program in any way or who seek more information should email David Briggs or call him at 254-221-0155.





      
ission  Parental Thank You for
Hannah Penny's Scholarship
 oment  May, 2016

The Chapel often receives thank you notes and letters from the recipients of the annual scholarship awards. This is one of the first thank you letters from the parents. Mr. and Mrs. Penny acknowledged how the Chapel's award will allow them to support Hannah's continuing education at a Christian school. It will also help Hannah to continue learning in an environment surrounded by Christian students and faculty.



      
ission  Continued Success with the
Chapel's Scholarship Program
 oment  May, 2016

Over the years the Chapel's Scholarship Committee has done a wonderful job selecting candidates.  Not only have the students accomplished their education goals, but have continued to let us know the value of the mentoring program.  The following note is from Maci Watson.  Maci was mentored by Howard and Linda Yeary. Again you can see how much their efforts have meant to her success.

Good afternoon, Linda!

I sent the Chapel my class schedule for both the summer and fall semesters as well as a portion of my transcript, but I wanted to give you an update too.

This last semester was the best one yet! I started my minor in financial planning, and absolutely loved my classes. By the grace of God, I managed to make my very first 4.0! I will be taking 9 hours this summer, 3 of which are for another internship. For 10 weeks this summer I will be joining HEB in their corporate headquarters as a procurement accounting intern. I am so excited to see what transpires from the great opportunity.

I am still on track to graduate in December with my Bachelor's in Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Financial Planning. Upon graduation I will be eligible to sit for both the CPA and CFP exams.

I want to thank you and Howard for pouring love, support, and prayers into my life. Thank you for not giving up on me. After my first year at A&M I felt so defeated, and never imagined I would excel like this. I truly am grateful for the support you two have given me.

Sincerely,

Maci Watson


      
ission  Scholarship Recipient Thank You
 oment  May, 2016

We continue to receive thank you letters from the students the Chapel chooses to award scholarships.  This letter from Blaine Eubank, formerly Blaine Tull is a  wonderful example of what the Chapel's efforts can obtain.  Blaine's mentors are Mike and Liz Umble.  As you can see by her letter they have had a positive impact on her as well.

Hi there! 

My name is Blaine Eubank, formerly Blaine Tull, and I was one of your scholarship recipients from the Class of 2011. I thought it would be great to send an update and let White Bluff Chapel know what a wonderful blessing your help has been to me and my family! As a senior in high school, college was just a dream for me, an ideal that, honestly, I didn’t know if I would have the opportunity to obtain. However, with the generous scholarship that White Bluff Chapel as well as the help Mr. and Ms. Umble afforded me, I am now a college graduate! I graduated in May of 2015 with a bachelor of biological sciences and a minor in chemistry. I worked extremely hard throughout my undergrad career to obtain and keep a 4.0 GPA, and by the time I graduated, I had achieved this and so much more! Not only did I graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi with a 4.0 GPA and highest honors, but I was also on the President’s List every semester of my attendance and afforded The Outstanding Senior Award for the college. In addition, I assumed the roles of Student Government Representative for The College of Science and Technology and President of the Biology Club. These efforts, along with my community and campus involvement, allowed for me to also be recognized as a Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities recipient.   

Amazingly, this wonderful experience is not the end for me. I have been offered a position in the very prestigious master of physician assistant studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch located in Galveston. This next journey will begin in July- our white coat ceremony will be on July 1st and classes will begin on July 5th. Following a rigorous 26 month program, I will be a licensed physician assistant capable of practicing medicine. 

I wasn’t sure if the scholarship committee ever met up, but I hope that through my journey, you may all see what an impact you are making in the lives of young kids. I’m not sure I would be where I am today without all of the financial help that the White Bluff Chapel Scholarship provided me. Even if “success” stories like my own aren’t discussed, I at least wanted to thank Mr. and Ms. Umble both for their generous help over the years! Thank you for giving me the opportunity and confidence to be successful. I am very eager to begin this new journey. 

Very Best Wishes,

Blaine Eubank



      
ission  It's The Season For
Scholarship Recipient Thank You Letters
 oment  March, 2016

Gabriela Herrera

Once again the Chapel has received another thank you from Gabriela Herrera. Gabriela is mentored by Canda and Tyler Cox. Her thank you is included in this article.



      
ission  Continued Thanks from
Scholarship Recipients
 oment  March, 2016

Brandon Reprogle

White Bluff Chapel members give a lot of time, assistance and funding with the annual scholarship awards. It is always rewarding when the recipients express their thanks for what they've received along with their achievements and goals. The thank you notes in this article are from Brandon Reprogle, mentored by David and Dottie Briggs; Garrett Michael, mentored by Kay German; and another thank you from Alexis Turner mentored by Ruth Maddux.



Garrett Michael
Alexis Turner


      
ission  More Scholarship Recipients Thank You Letters
 oment  Posted February, 2016

Alexis Turner

White Bluff Chapel members invest a lot of time, energy and money in support of the scholarship program. Each year the Educational mission committee selects a number of Lake Whitney area students for the scholarship award.  Chapel members become involved as mentors with each student.  

The mentoring program is a key part of the overall program.  Each recipient is assigned mentors to assist them in their education.  The mentors help keep the student focused not only on education, but they also have input related to how Christ can influence the students' lives.

Lynette Martin


We have received additional thank you notes from two more recipients.  These are documented evidence of the impact that the time and resources of WBC is having on the lives of Lake Whitney area students.

It is rewarding to receive their thank you letters, two of which are included here. One is from Alexis Turner mentored by Ruth Maddox and the other one includes three notes from Lynette Martin mentored by Ruth Maddox.  As you can tell by their letters, the scholarship program is doing wonders for the youth from the Lake Whitney area.



      
ission  Scholarship Recipients Thank You Letters
 oment  Posted January, 2016

Whitney Brantley

White Bluff Chapel members invest a lot of time, energy and money in support of the scholarship program. Each year the Educational mission committee selects a number of Lake Whitney area students for the scholarship award.  Chapel members become involved as mentors with each student.  

The mentoring program is a key part of the overall program.  Each recipient is assigned mentors to assist them in their education.  The mentors help keep the student focused not only on education, but they also have input related to how Christ can also influence their lives. 

Karissa Gant




It is rewarding to receive their thank you letters.  Here are two recent letters (click on each letter to read it).  One is from Karissa Gant mentored by Bill and Becky McKee and the other is from Whitney Brantley mentored by Jim and Ann Duncan.  As you can tell by their letters, the scholarship program is doing wonders for the youth from the Lake Whitney area.



      
ission  Chapel Awards 2015 Scholarships
 oment  June, 2015

White Bluff Chapel celebrated another year of awarding college scholarships to local deserving graduating high school seniors at its “Senior Recognition Sunday” service on May 31. Scholarship Committee Chairman David Briggs introduced ten of this year’s fourteen scholarship winners and their mentors to the White Bluff Chapel congregation at the opening of the service. The Scholarship Committee, consisting of David Briggs, Ann McAlpin, Patty Turner, Bill McKee and Ava Wood, has pledged to assist the fourteen students through all or part of their college studies. The grants range from one to four years and total $61,000.


As these outstanding young scholars commence their life after high school, they will be dispersing to various institutions of higher learning, from one going off to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. to eight students selecting six universities in Texas (Baylor, UT San Antonio, A&M, University of NT in Denton, UT Arlington and Tarleton), and another five planning to start their studies at 2-two-year institutions (McLennan, Hill, Brookhaven in Dallas and Blinn in College Station). Among their chosen areas of study there are eight going into the medical field, including pre-med for thoracic surgery, nursing, kinesiology, speech pathology and physical therapy; three in engineering, biomedical, mechanical or aerospace; and one each in coaching, theater arts and consumer science.

Read about the individual scholarship recipients >>

“Give a man a fish and he has food for one meal.  Teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime.”    Likewise with a student – Give a young person an education and he/she has opportunities for a successful and fulfilling life.  By awarding financial assistance, the Scholarship Committee hopes to enable qualified area students to seek higher education or vocational training beyond high school graduation.


A unique and distinguishing feature of the Chapel’s scholarship program is that a mentor or a mentoring couple from the Chapel is assigned to each student. The mentor pledges to provide guidance, counsel and moral support as long as the student receives Chapel funding for the pursuit of his/her educational goals. During Sunday’s presentation service, the ten students in attendance received a small Bible engraved with their name from their mentor(s) and afterwards, during Fellowship time, they and their families met and visited with their mentors while receiving congratulations from members of the congregation. A few of the mentors were travelling that day, and scholarship committee members stepped in to make the students feel welcomed.

The scholarship recipients and their mentors include Mayte Arredondo (mentor Gail Heinen); Kailey Calloway (Jody & Nancie Yarbro); Braelyn Davis (Kay Lea & Scotty Scott); Amy Grantham (Linda & Bill Watson); Celest Guthric (Bob Harris); Megan Ince (Judy & Bill Payne); Destiny Jean (Schelly Storm); Garrett Michael (Kay German); Luis Montoya (Madeleine & Glen Lively and Sandy & Dick Cannon); Samantha Redding (Lanette & Jim Browder); Ryan Robb (Liz & Mike Umble); Karissa Roberts (Carla & Ron Roberts); Kelsey Sission (Chris & Charlie Whisenand), and Kendall Wimberley (Ann & Jim Duncan).


WBC members take great pride in the scholarships we fund for graduating seniors of Whitney and Blum High Schools, and we are well aware that the element that sets ours apart from most scholarship programs is our Mentoring Program.

Financial support for the scholarship program comes through designated giving.  Consider selecting this wonderful way to honor a friend or special teacher or to memorialize a family member.

Those interested in participating in this program in any way or who seek more information should email David Briggs or call him at 254-221-0155.






      
ission  Scholarship Student Shines
 oment  March, 2015


Karissa Gant, a White Bluff Chapel 2014 scholarship recipient from Blum High School, is a student at Trinity Valley Community College in East Texas. She is pictured here with her cow and the calf that she helped deliver, for which she won First Place in her division at the Ft. Worth stock show.

Karissa will complete her Associate's degree and then transfer to Texas A&M to finish her college work. Becky and Bill McKee are her Chapel mentors.



      
ission  College Grad Thanks WBC
 oment  July, 2014

Jacob Peacock, a 2010 Whitney High School graduate recently graduated from Hardin-Simmons University of Abilene, paid a June visit to White Bluff Chapel to thank the members of the congregation for having supported his college education with a 4-year WBC scholarship. Peacock earned a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in history with a minor in coaching. He will begin his career in teaching and coaching this fall in the Saginaw ISD, just north of Fort Worth.

Peacock thanked the Chapel for what we do for the youth of Whitney and commented on the doors of opportunity opened to students via the WBC scholarship. Saying that our faith in him and our generosity have blessed his life and those of many others, he hopes this program will continue to bless many more.

Jacob was also awarded the Long-Bristow Endowed Memorial Scholarship from Hardin-Simmons University in 2013. Students receiving these scholarships are preparing for careers in teaching, athletic training and sports medicine, and/or fitness and sports sciences.

Peacock was one of twenty students during the university's spring graduation named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. An active member of the Hardin Simmons football team for four years, he was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. Bill McKee of WBC served as Jacob's mentor throughout his college career.


      
ission  White Bluff Chapel Awards $70K
in Scholarships
 oment  June, 2014

White Bluff Chapel celebrated its 10th year of awarding college scholarships to local deserving graduating high school seniors at its “Senior Recognition Sunday” service on June 1. Scholarship Committee Chairman David Briggs introduced this year’s fourteen scholarship winners and their mentors to the White Bluff Chapel congregation at the opening of the service. The Scholarship Committee, consisting of David Briggs, Ann McAlpin, Patty Turner, Bill McKee and Cheryl Robinson, has pledged a total of $70,000 in awards to assist these students through all or part of their college studies. The grants range from one to four years. As these outstanding young scholars commence a life after high school, they will be dispersing to various colleges throughout the states of Texas and Oklahoma. 

“Give a man a fish and he has food for one meal.  Teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime.”    Likewise with a student – Give a young person an education and he/she has opportunities for a successful and fulfilling life.  By awarding financial assistance, the Scholarship Committee hopes to enable qualified area students to seek higher education or vocational training beyond high school graduation.

A unique and distinguishing feature of the Chapel’s scholarship program is that a mentor or a mentoring couple from the Chapel is assigned to each student. The mentor pledges to provide guidance, counsel and moral support as long as the student receives Chapel funding for the pursuit of his/her educational goals. During Sunday’s presentation service, the students received a small Bible engraved with their name from their mentor(s) and afterwards, during Fellowship time, they and their families met and visited with their mentors while receiving congratulations from members of the congregation.

The scholarship recipients and their mentors include, from Whitney High School, Adriana Arredondo (mentor Becky Watson); Whitney Brantley (Jim & Ann Duncan); Dillon Callaway (Terry & Betty Newman); Brody Coffelt (Larry & Sharon Lively); Lourdes Delgado (Mac & Linda McClary); Garred Hlavaty (Kathy Dorsey); Brooke Lam (Ron & Sharrian Conway); Dawson Lochridge (Tom & Sandy Moore); Lynette Martin (Roseanne Smith); Kyndal McHam (Becky Roach); Elizabeth Prado (Harold & Sara Edwards); Delaine Rogers (Guin & Nancy McGinnis); and Hanna Stewart (Glenn & Harriet Carrell). Brandon Reprogle, whose mentors are Dottie and David Briggs, is graduating from Blum High School. Bios and photos of each of the students can be found on the Scholarship Recipients page.


      
ission  Chapel Awards $47K in Scholarships
 oment  May, 2013

Chapel Scholarship Chairman David Briggs introduced this year’s eleven scholarship winners and their mentors to the congregation at the Sunday worship service on May 19. The Scholarship Committee, consisting of David Briggs, Canda Cox, Ann McAlpin, Bill McKee and Cheryl Robinson, has pledged a total of $47,000 in awards to assist these students through their four years of college studies.

The scholarship recipients selected from Whitney High School included Alexandria Chapman, whose mentor is Peggy Mitchell; Antonio Delgado, mentor Tommy Edgar; Jairo Delgado, mentor Wes Mitchell; Levi Diduch, mentors Liz and Mike Umble; Gabriella Herrera, mentors Canda and Tyler Cox; Brianna Love, mentor Ann McAlpin; CJ Martin, mentor Jim Duncan; Mary Beth Powers, mentors Canda Cox and Cheryl Robinson; Nick Ramsey, mentor John Knightstep; and Alexis Turner, mentor Ruth Maddux. Karissa Gant, whose mentors are Bill and Becky McKee, is a student from Blum High School.

“Give a man a fish and he has food for one meal.  Teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime.”    Likewise with a student - Give a young person an education and he/she has opportunities for a successful and fulfilling life.  By awarding financial assistance, the Scholarship Committee hopes to enable qualified area students to seek higher education or vocational training beyond high school graduation.




A unique and distinguishing feature of the Chapel’s scholarship program is that a mentor from the Chapel is assigned to each student. The mentor pledges to provide guidance, counsel and moral support as long as the student receives Chapel funding for the pursuit of his/her educational goals. During Sunday’s presentation service, the students received a small Bible engraved with their name and afterwards, during Fellowship time, they and their families met and visited with their mentors while receiving congratulations from members of the congregation.



Fellowship time was particularly animated, with a reception buffet prepared by the Hospitality Committee and many congregants lingering to visit with the scholarship recipients and their families.  Next week’s website will feature biographical sketches on the scholarship recipients, including their chosen colleges and their goals for the future.


Mission of the Month, June 2012

WBC Scholarship Program

This verse from Proverbs is the basis for the Scholarship Program of White Bluff Chapel as we endeavor to make a difference in the lives of young people in the Whitney and Blum area.  College will fill the minds and lives of the students with many experiences of learning and life – “rare and beautiful treasures.”  However, one needs more than just knowledge.  To help the students grow in wisdom and understanding, each student has a Chapel member as his or her mentor.  The mentor prays for the student, maintains contact with the student and offers encouragement and assistance as needed.

The mentors have presented the recipients with a small bible to help lay the groundwork for a future relationship of support and encouragement as they become better acquainted.  It is through the financial aid and personal support that lives are changed as the students gain wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

This year, eleven students from Blum and Whitney high schools were chosen as the 2012 recipients of the White Bluff Chapel college scholarships. Nine of the eleven were in attendance at the Chapel Service on Sunday, May 27, to be presented to their mentors and to the congregation. In addition to these scholarships, the Chapel has also extended the ongoing scholarships of eight former recipients.

Serving on the Scholarship Committee is a joy and blessing for the members because they realize that they are making a difference, not just in the lives of the students who receive the aid, but in the lives of future generations.  Committee members for 2012 are David Briggs, Ann McAlpin, Bill McKee, Cheryl Robinson and Linda Yeary.  Eight scholarships were awarded to Whitney students and three to Blum students.  In addition to the 11 new scholarships, the scholarships of eight former recipients were extended.

Biographical sketches of the eleven 2012 winners have been posted on the website. Each year, we will update that webpage with the current year's new scholarship winners, and any changes to those continuing with multi-year awards.


      
ission  WBC Awards 11 Scholarships
 oment  May, 2012

This week, eleven students from Blum and Whitney high schools learned the much-anticipated results that they were the 2012 recipients of the White Bluff Chapel college scholarships. The Blum High School Awards Assembly was held on Tuesday, where David Briggs presented the scholarship awards to three Blum graduates.  Ann McAlpin attended the Whitney High School Awards Assembly on Thursday and revealed the names of the eight winners from there.

At the Sunday worship service on May 27, the eleven scholarship winners will be presented to the congregation as they meet their mentors from White Bluff Chapel. The graduates' families are encouraged to attend the ceremony, as well. The mentors will present the recipients with a small bible and lay the groundwork for a future relationship of support and encouragement as they become better acquainted.

Biographical sketches of the eleven 2012 winners are now posted on the website. As these students progress through their college years, the information will be updated to reflect changes in the students' majors, colleges they are attending, etc.


      
ission  One Millionth Dollar Committed
to Changing the World
 oment  April, 2012

On January 5th, 2004, at 9:00 am, the company, “Leadership Worth Following, LLC,” was founded. In its first few weeks, the founders carefully considered what principles they wanted to live by, if this was to be a company they would devote the rest of their lives to creating.

In the weeks that followed, the group committed themselves to living out, to the best of their ability, nine principles. They also identified a particular one of those principles that they would consider absolutely non-negotiable. That principle stated that they would tithe 10% on every dollar they bill to a client, at the time the bill is sent.

At the end of January, 2004, the founders approached the Missions Committee of White Bluff Chapel and asked them to be partners with this unique company in “Changing the World.” The Missions Committee quickly agreed. And so, LWF’s very first tithe dollar was given to the White Bluff Chapel Missions Committee, and the Chapel’s scholarship program was established. For eight years now, graduating high school students from the Lake Whitney area have been receiving a way to attend college that their parents and teachers had previously never thought possible in this economically-impoverished area of the state.

And now, these eight years and almost four months later, the White Bluff Chapel Missions Committee has received a most unique check from Leadership Worth Following, a check for $1.00. The amount, while obviously quite small, was not carelessly chosen. This is their one millionth dollar of tithe, and their millionth dollar devoted to “Changing the World.”

LWF Founder and CEO, A. Dale Thompson, PhD, and his wife, Vicki, who serves with him on the LWF Board, have asked that White Bluff Chapel’s Missions Committee receive the check in the spirit with which it is given, as a symbol of our continuing partnership, and of our continuing mutual commitment to “Changing the World!”

When this check is cashed, all of the staff at LWF plan to sign it and then frame it, as a tangible remembrance, not of money given, but of all the people they have helped and those with whom they have partnered to help them. They will use it as inspiration as they celebrate what a small group of people, commonly committed, can accomplish.

White Bluff Chapel’s Ann McAlpin, who has administered our scholarship program since its inception, responded to LWF’s letter of notification about the one millionth dollar gift by stating, “What a wonderful testimony to the power of God at work through a group dedicated to “Changing the World!” We are blessed to be a part of this through our scholarship program and we thank LWF for allowing us this opportunity.”


      
ission  WBC Scholarship Student Makes
College Honor Roll
 oment  February 2012

Jacob Peacock of Whitney, a 2010 White Bluff Chapel scholarship winner from Whitney High School and a sophomore student at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, has been named to a prestigious athletic honor roll at the university. Peacock, a history major who plays football at Hardin-Simmons, has earned a place on the American Southwest Conference 2011 Fall All-Academic Honor Roll.

To qualify for the honor, student athletes must have carried a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (cumulative grade point average) during the academic semester in which they competed in university athletics, be classified as at least a sophomore, and have completed at least one academic year at the granting institution.


      
ission  Scholarship Winners and Families Attend WBC
 oment  June 2011

Sixteen of the twenty scholarship recipients of White Bluff Chapel's 2011 awards attended the Chapel worship service on Sunday, May 29. Families of most of the students were also in attendance to see Scholarship Chairman Ann McAlpin present the students to the congregation. McAlpin also introduced Wendy Wright, Whitney High School counselor, and Robyn Koonsman, Blum ISD counselor, and thanked them for the work they have done to guide the graduates.

Each student was given a Bible from the Chapel. Two verses of scripture were emphasized for the students, Proverbs 24:3-4 and Colossians 2:6-8. Mentors and chapel members had an opportunity to visit with the students and their families during a reception that followed in Fellowship Hall.

Each recipient is also appointed a mentor from the Chapel who provides guidance, counsel and moral support for as long as the student receives Chapel funding for the pursuit of his/her educational goals. A list of suggestions and guidelines for being an effective mentor is provided. The committee still needs mentors for two boys, one who is going to UTA and the other who is going to McLennan Community College. Anyone interested in serving as a mentor should email Ann McAlpin or call her at 254-694-7880.



By awarding financial assistance, the White Bluff Chapel Scholarship Committee hopes to enable qualified area students to seek higher education or vocational training beyond high school graduation. Financial support for the scholarship program comes through designated giving to the Educational Missions subcommittee of the Chapel's Missions program. 

This year, a total of $68,000 in funding was awarded to twenty students from Whitney and Blum High Schools. Included were two 4-year, $12,000 grants and 18 two-year grants which ranged from $2,000 to $6,000. Students are required to submit transcripts to WBC at the end of each semester to retain their eligibility during the duration of their grant period.

The Scholarship Committee, consisting of Ann McAlpin, Bill McKee, Linda Yeary and Cheryl Robinson, reviewed applications, conducted personal interviews, and attended the school assemblies at Whitney and Blum high schools last week, where they announced the winners. 


Mission of the Month, January, 2011

Early in the development of White Bluff Chapel, the Board of Trustees decided to emphasize support of the local community in the mission programs of the Chapel. It was our desire to make a difference in the lives of the people in the Lake Whitney area through our mission involvement.

Since the two original scholarships awarded in 2004, there have been an additional 80 scholarships awarded for the total amount of $283,000. In 2010, scholarships were awarded to twelve students. These students have just completed their first semester in college with very encouraging results. The GPA of the students ranged from 2.5 to 4.0.

Both Justyss Esquivel and Kyle Walker completed their fall 2010 semester with 4.0 averages. Justyss is majoring in biology at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and Kyle is working toward a computer science degree at Hill Community College. Kyle continues to be very active as a volunteer at Our Daily Bread food bank in Whitney. 

Since the onset of the Chapel scholarship program, the amount of each of the 4-year scholarships has been increased from $500 to $1500 per semester from the WBC operating budget. The number of scholarships coming from designated funds each year has also increased. They are awarded in accordance with the need, as determined by the Scholarship Committee. Each scholarship is renewable every semester as students submit transcripts showing compliance to the WBC required minimum GPA.

The history of the WBC scholarship project shows a dramatic growth in financial contributions and in enthusiastic support from the congregation, including volunteer efforts, mentoring participation, and financial contributions. In the fall of 2003, the Missions Committee formed a Scholarship Committee to develop guidelines and make recommendations regarding scholarships for graduating students of Whitney High School. The Scholarship Committee recommended that a 4-year scholarship in the amount of $500 per semester be awarded to a graduating student of Whitney High School each year. An application form and specific guidelines were developed, and a line item for the scholarship was approved in the 2004 budget. A member of the congregation contributed an additional $500 for a second scholarship.

One of the Chapel’s original two scholarship recipients, Jeremiah Johnson, wrote a letter of appreciation to White Bluff scholarship committee members after graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University with his Bachelor of Arts degree. Jeremiah majored in Ministry/Religion with a minor in Business Administration and has gone on to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jeremiah writes, “Thanks again for your support of my education and for the hope you have provided to so many other graduates of Whitney High School through your scholarship program. I strongly believe the Church is most effective when she seeks out opportunities to minister to those in her community. White Bluff Chapel is truly a “beacon on a hill” and should be highly commended for the way in which it demonstrates the love of Christ to others. I could never explain in words how much it has meant to me over the years to receive such kindness and generosity from you.”

In the 2005 budget of WBC, the second 4-year scholarship was included as a line item. That year the scholarship fund was increased significantly by the generous contributions of a chapel member’s company. This company’s goal is to make a difference in the world, one life at a time, and believes in the power of education to accomplish that goal. The company has continued to support the WBC scholarship program, enabling us to offer 10 to 15 two-year scholarships to graduating students of Whitney High School each year. In 2007 another member of WBC began making a contribution to the scholarship fund that enabled the program to be expanded to include one scholarship for Blum High School.

One of the most valuable assets to the success of the scholarship program has been the mentor project. In 2005, a member of the Missions Committee recommended that each scholarship recipient be assigned a member of the White Bluff Chapel congregation as a mentor. The mentor would be a strong Christian influence in the student’s life. Since many of the students receiving a scholarship were from unstable home situations that offered them little or no support or encouragement, the mentor would keep in contact with his/her student through personal visits, cards, phone calls, etc., and be available to offer help and advice as needed.

A letter received from a 2007 scholarship recipient, Joshua Lynch, speaks to the positive impact his mentors had upon him throughout his college experience. Josh finished his Associates degree with a 3.32 GPA from Hill College and then enrolled at Tarleton State University. In 2010, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science with a Business Administration emphasis. He managed to do all this while being married and fathering a son.

Speaking of his mentors, Josh writes, “Bill and Linda Watson have had a greatly positive impact on my life. I feel like White Bluff’s decision to take a chance on this skinny, charming, and clueless kid has made my dreams and desires reachable. Even more so than the direct financial aid, the mentoring program has helped me find a steady source of income and I believe life long friends in the Watsons.”



Related White Bluff Chapel Documents

Committee Policies and Procedures

4.3 Financial Aid Committee

4.3.1 Financial Aid Application Guidelines

Form 4.3.2 Financial Aid Application

4.3.3 Suggestions for Mentors

4.3.4 Probationary Policy

4.3.5 Student Dropout Policy

4.3.6 Continuing Education Guidelines

Form 4.3.7 Continuing Education Application