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Wilberforce Scholarship Program

William Wilberforce’s diary entry on October 28, 1787, at the age of 28 was: “God almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” Forty-six years later, on July 26, 1833, just three days before Wilberforce’s death, the House of Commons passed the bill for the abolition of slavery.


Wilberforce’s remarkable character traits enabled this accomplishment and are qualities of replication. The Wilberforce Scholarship is a competitive, regional, $15,000 scholarship awarded to qualified students who evidence Wilberforce-type character and want to make a difference in their communities.


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Scholarship Basics

  • $15,000 competitive scholarship
  • Assignment of a local mentor
  • Internship opportunities


Applicant Qualifications and Requirements

  • Christian character and commitment and evidence of courageous leadership
  • Participation in on-campus Scholarship Weekend
  • Interview by a local committee
  • Must submit an essay addressing a community or national need for reformation
  • Must meet the admission requirements of Covenant College
  • Residence within one of these designated metro areas:
      Atlanta, GA
      Birmingham, AL (attending church or school in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Walker counties)
      Dalton, GA
      Gainesville, GA (attending church or school in Hall, Barrow, or Jackson counties)
      Chattanooga, TN
      Nashville, TN (Middle TN)
      Columbia, MO


Mentor Qualifications

  • Of good reputation
  • Able to relate and share personally
  • Business or professional accomplishment
  • Able to give guidance about majors, summer internships, graduate school and career decisions


Local Wilberforce Committee

  • Five- to ten-person committee
  • Raises money for the scholarship fund
  • Interviews and recommends candidates
  • Matches Wilberforce Scholars with mentors