Dear Fellow Zion Disciples,


We are delighted to be preparing for our Education Sunday celebration (aka Grads Day) on Sunday, June 7, 2020, where we again recognize our graduates at all levels from kindergarten through post-Ph.D. programs and award numerous scholarships. If you will be graduating from elementary school, middle school, high school, college, professional school, a post-doc program, ushering school, or any other school or professional program, please complete the Graduate Recognition Form at Zion will recognize both member and non-member graduates with a certificate; however, only Zion members will receive a small monetary token with their certificate. (Note that if we still are meeting virtually in June, we will have an online Grads Day celebration and distribute the certificates and monetary tokens once we meet again in person.)

We thank God that due to your generosity, as well as that of others in Zion’s extended family, we have a total of seven (7) scholarships to award, as indicated below. While most scholarships are limited to Zion members only, the Charles B. Walker Culture Club Scholarship is open to both members and non-members. Similarly, while most scholarships are for Zion’s high school graduates, two scholarships are not restricted for high school graduates only, as they focus on specific fields of study at any level: The Rev. Dr. Glossie H. Valentine Scholarship, which is open to those pursuing ministerial education at any level, and The Isabelle Hammond Scholarship, which is open to those pursuing fine arts at any level. All scholarship applications are posted on Zion’s website at

Graduating high school seniors have an opportunity for multiple scholarships and we encourage them to apply to as many as possible. In addition to the Zion Scholarship that covers four years of study for a total of $8,000 (, there are four additional scholarships available exclusively for high school students: the Alexander, Culture Club, Everson, and Owens Scholarships. The initial eligibility for each scholarship is summarized below, but be sure to read each scholarship criteria carefully to ensure you meet all submission requirements.




Initial Eligibility

(see additional requirements in each scholarship)

Brenton T. Everson Scholarship

$1,000 one-time award

Active Zion high school graduating senior

Charles B. Walker Culture Club Scholarships (multiple awards)

$500-$1,000 one-time award

Graduating high school senior or a GED recipient

Rev. Dr. Glossie H. Valentine Scholarship

$1,000 (prior recipients eligible)

Active Zion member pursuing ministerial education at any level

Isabelle R. Hammond Arts Scholarship

$1,000 one-time award per degree level

Active Zion member entering or in college or grad school majoring in fine arts

Dea. Juanita E. Alexander Scholarship

$1,000 one-time award

Active Zion high school graduating senior

Dr. Robert L. Owens III College Scholarship

$2,000 one-time award

Active Zion high school male graduating senior

Zion Baptist Church Scholarship (multiple awards)

$2,000 award for up to 4 consecutive years

Active high school graduating seniors


 Lastly, please note that all scholarship applications and the Graduate Recognition Form are due by Friday, May 15. Each application lists where it is to be submitted. Please be sure to adhere to these deadlines to remain eligible for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Yours in Christ,

Deacons Emeriti Darryl and Leslye Fraser, Co-Chairs Zion Baptist Church College Ministry


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)