BFI Scholars

Generosity of Illinois Baptists results in $75,000 in Scholarship Awards for 2013-2014

As anticipated, the number of scholarship applications received this year increased to more than 125 (of which 86 were complete with all required documents having been received).  BFI announces the award of $75,000 in scholarships to 35 recipients.   The 2013/2014 scholarship ranges are as follows:  $1,000 for Associate’s Degree students; $2,000 for Bachelor’s Degree students, and $2,500 for Seminary Degree pursuing students.  All BFI scholars are active members of an IBSA church and must be considered “full time” during the complete 2013/2014 academic year.


Scholarship Applications Selection Process

Baptist Foundation of Illinois Scholarship Application submission ended January 31st.  The selection process will take place at the IBSA Building, 3085 Stevenson Drive, Springfield IL on Saturday, March 22 beginning at 8:30.  Once ratings are complete and nominees are identified, the list will be presented for approval to the BFI Board of Trustees at their spring board meeting April 12th.  Trustees will begin notifications in May to present awards to scholarship recipients at their respective churches.        *Next submission period for the academic year 2015-2016 will be Dec 1, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015 (tentatively pending Board approval)

BFI Scholars quick facts

  1. -Scholarship amounts are dependent on the type of degree sought:  $1,000 for Associates; $2,000 for Bachelors, and $2,500 for Seminary scholarships

  2. -For the 2013/2014 academic year, BFI awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships.

  3. -Min to establish an educational endowment:  $2,000


Volunteers are needed to review applications for BFI Scholarships Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 am to approximately 2:00 pm.  Training is provided.  
Location is IBSA Building at 3085 Stevenson Drive, Springfield IL.  
Lunch will be provided.  

For more information or to volunteer, please send an e-mail message to