Saint Matthew Foundation 2017-2018 Barrett Scholarship Application

Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Saint Matthew Foundation Barrett Scholarship that will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. These scholarships are intended to support college students who have completed at least their Sophomore year in either a two-year or four-year college. This scholarship will be for a student who will be classified as at least a Junior by the beginning of the fall term in 2017, who has attended Saint Matthew Lutheran church and is continuing their faith journey. 

The Application Deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

Criteria and relative weighting for Scholarship Consideration:



Present Faith Journey1




Service to the community3


Other (including why the candidate is interested in scholarship)


 1Regular participation in local ministry, and in ministry related programs such as non-profit, outreach etc. 

 2Academic accomplishments and grade point average

 3Serving the community, serving at school or as a leader in some other capacity in the community

Please complete the following application along with two letters of recommendation as described on the application.  The application is to be submitted online while the two letters of recommendation are to be submitted via email to

Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to the presentation during Worship in August.  A check will be sent directly to the institution designated on your Scholarship Application Form, and the funds will be distributed in accordance with that institution’s policies.

We look forward to receiving your Scholarship Application.

Personal and Contact Information

Tell us about your connection to Saint Matthew Lutheran Church.

At Saint Matthew:
At College or University:  Tell us about your recent campus activities.
In the Community:  Tell us how you have participated in the community where you go to school.

Tell us about your faith journey while attending college.

Tell us about your faith journey and your spiritual growth while at college. - 500 word maximum

Some ideas you might want to consider:

  • A specific experience that was influenced your faith.
  • An experience where you felt spiritually challenged, or grew spiritually, and how you dealt with it at that time.
  • Participation in a program or service that broadened your understanding of the work of Christ in the world.
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Tell us about you - your story

We may decide to publish information about our Scholarship recipients. Please write a short story about yourself, one that you would be willing to see published, including the following content - 500 word maximum

  • Start with the name by which you are best known (vs. your formal name).
  • Describe yourself at this point in your life: the attributes that you possess, the hobbies that you enjoy, and your interests outside of school and church.
  • Why are you interestd in this scholarship; for example: highlight the course of study that you plan to pursue or your chosen major; summarize your dream career.

Note: Scholarship recipients will be asked to provide a current portrait-type photo.

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Letters of Recommendation

Along with this application, please submit two Letters of Recommendation, one from each of the following categories -  300 word maximum per letter

  • A member of the staff or adult mentor/leader with whom you have served at Saint Matthew or in your current church home.
  • A teacher, counselor, employer or family friend (not your parent or other family member)

Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to no later than Sunday, July  7, 2017.

Remember, you must submit your online application by June 30 AND your Letters of Recommendation by July 7.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this application.  The applicants receiving the  Saint Matthew Foundation Barrett Scholarship will be notified in August, 2017.