New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church recently awarded scholarships totaling $22,000 to nine metro-area high school graduates during its 16th annual Celebration of Education Worship Service.
The Celebration of Education service recognizes New Life in Christ members who are graduating from high school, college and graduate school as well as those transitioning from elementary and middle school levels. More than 50 graduates and students were honored during the special mid-week service, including the church’s senior pastor, Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley Sr. who received his second Ph.D.in May.
The New Life in Christ Scholarship program supports one of the church’s core values – a continued commitment to promote educational success. Any eligible high school graduate may apply for the scholarships. Since its inception 16 years ago in 2003, the program has provided nearly $275,000 in financial assistance.
“The need to finance education has not gone down, but up,” said Dudley. “Millennials are struggling under a mountain of debt for higher education, so if New Life can help in some small tangible way, we will continue to do so.”
Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their high academic achievement and their ability to demonstrate a love for serving others as well as their communities. All applicants submit written essays on specific topics provided by the church and are then interviewed by members of New Life’s scholarship committee. Those receiving the highest scores are awarded the scholarships which range from $500 to $5,000.
The 2019 New Life in Christ Scholarship recipients are:
- Isaiah May, Belleville Township High School East, Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr. Pastoral Scholarship of Excellence, $5,000, attending Lake College
- Taylor Jackson, Easts St. Louis Sr. High School, John H. McCants Hope Scholarship, $5,000, attending McKendree University
- Aly Keys, Mascoutah Community High School, Bishop Leamon & Ida Dorothy Dudley Memorial Scholarship, $2,500, attending Lindenwood University
- Gbemisola Fadeyi, Hazelwood East High School, Minister Sheila Renee Swygert Memorial Scholarship, $2,500, attending University of Missouri - Columbia
- Cameryn Hodges, Mascoutah Community High School, NLICIC Life Changer Scholarship, $2,000, attending University of Illinois - Springfield
- Milani Richardson, O’Fallon Township High School, NLICIC Life Changer Scholarship, $2,000, attending Georgia Southern University
- Allison Dyer, Belleville Township High School East, NLICIC Life Changer Community Scholarship, $1,000, attending Villanova University
- Anthony McKnuckles, East St. Louis Sr. High School, NLICIC Project Graduation Scholarship, $500.00, school undecided
- Naudia Williams, East St. Louis Sr. High School, NLICIC Project Graduation Scholarship, $500.00, school undecided
- Abril Hunter, Governor French High School, Chyriell Drain Hill Scholarship, $1,000, attending Florida State University.
New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church, located at 689 Scott-Troy Rd. in O’Fallon, Illinois, was founded in 2003 and now has more than 2,000 regularly attending members.