Macedonia Baptist Church offers eight scholarships/awards* to support young people seeking to pursue higher education: the Dr. Joseph E. Bowman Memorial Educational Scholarship, the Macedonia Merit Scholarship, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Award, the Macedonia Higher Education Assistance Program, the Emergency Assistance Award, the Bakari M. Lake-Sample Memorial Educational Scholarship, the Deacon Joseph Pedlar Memorial Award, and the Balewa Albert Blackman Memorial Educational Scholarship. Eligibility and deadline information regarding each of these programs follows. 


The Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr.Memorial Educational Scholarship:
  The Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr. Memorial Educational Scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship available for students who will pursue a higher education career in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).  The scholarship will be awarded to eligible high school seniors who are underrepresented to include members and non-members of Macedonia Baptist Church that attend any Capital District Region high school and who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college/university after graduation. The amount funded by donations is for a specified period.  The amount designated will be awarded to a recipient to be used toward the purchase of books and/or assist with any college-related fees or tuition.  Annual application deadline is April 15th.

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The Macedonia Merit Scholarship: This is a merit-based scholarship for Capital District region high school seniors. This is a one-time non-renewable award based on a 3.0 or above GPA. Annual application deadline is April 15th.

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Award (HBCU): For active youth members of Macedonia Baptist Church who will pursue a higher education upon graduating from high school at an HBCU institution. This award was established to help encourage students to attend and experience these institutions of higher learning. Annual application deadline is April 15th.

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Macedonia Higher Education Assistance Program (MHEAP): For active youth members of the Macedonia Church Family who will pursue a higher education after immediately graduating from high school (i.e., graduate from high school in May/June and attend college in August/September). Financial support is provided each fall and spring semester beginning with the freshman year and continuing to graduation.  The MHEAP funds assist with the purchase of books, tuition, housing and/or college fees. Annual application deadline is September 30th for the fall semester and January 30th for the spring semester.

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Macedonia Emergency Assistance Award: This is a trust in a designated amount to assist active youth undergraduate student members of Macedonia Baptist Church if they are in good academic standing with their higher education institution, and are experiencing financial difficulties. The student must present evidence of need, which, if not met, would require the student to drop out of school or drop a required course. This is a one-time only award.

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The Bakari Lake-Sample Memorial Educational Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship for students trying to bring their own ideas and visions to life.  To be eligible, students must be studying in the field of communications, media production, music, or arts management.  Annual application deadline is April 15th.  

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The Deacon Joseph Pedlar Memorial Award is an annual one-time non-renewable award of $1,000 for a currently matriculated undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.  The student must be in good academic standing at the time of application.  The successful applicant must exhibit the same qualities of character, generosity, community service, humility and honesty that Deacon Pedlar embodied and applied to his endeavors.  The recipient would be a student ultimately seeking to continue to work in building strong and vibrant communities.  The annual application deadline is April 15th.  

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Balewa Albert Blackman Memorial Educational Scholarship
: This one-time non-renewable scholarship is available for students who will pursue a higher education that would impact the areas of science, engineering, mathematics or accounting (STEM areas essentially – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Eligible students include members of Macedonia who attend Albany High School or any Capital District Region high school, or non-members of the church that attend Albany High School. Annual application deadline is April 15th.

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*To review the Macedonia Scholarship Fund Policy for Establishing Scholarships and Awards, click the following link:

Macedonia Scholarship Fund Scholarships and Awards Policy

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