Application Deadline

The deadline for the 2017 - 2018 scholarship application was Tuesday, January 31st. Applications for the 2017 - 2018 academic year are no longer being accepted. 

About the Scholarship Process

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation accepts and reviews scholarship applications once a year. The deadline for the 2017 - 2018 scholarship application was Tuesday, January 31st of 2017.  Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 - 2018 academic year.

Scholarship awards are $2,500 per semester for undergraduate students classified as a junior or senior and $3,500 per semester for graduate students. Scholarship awards are to be used for tuition, books, fees, and other expenses as necessary for college/university attendance. Priority will be given to students intending to serve as pulpit pastors upon graduation.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Susan Severn, Grants & Scholarship Program Officer at 806.379.9400 or email

Scholarship Criteria

In order to be eligible for a scholarship from the Mary E. Bivins Foundation, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a permanent resident of the northernmost twenty-six counties of the Texas Panhandle and a citizen of the United States of America
- Be an individual dedicated to seeking an undergraduate or graduate education leading to a bachelors or masters degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion
- Be classified as a college junior or senior or a graduate student by the first semester for which the scholarship would be effective

Additional criteria are listed in the Scholarship Purpose & Criteria Resource document.  In addition, all new student applicants who meet criteria for consideration of a scholarship award are required to interview with the Scholarship Advisory Committee.

2016 - 2017 Bivins Scholars

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation awarded scholarships to nineteen deserving students for the 2016-2017 academic-year. Each of these students is pursuing an academic career which will prepare them to preach the Christian religion. These individuals attend college and universities across the country at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The current Bivins Scholars come from cities and towns across the Panhandle including Amarillo, Canyon, and Borger. We are proud of each of them and the work they do, and we look forward to the contributions they will make in the future. Click here for a listing of the 2016 - 2017 Bivins Scholars

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