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Activated Ministries Scholarships

As of June, 2016, 284 scholarships have been awarded to qualifying individuals, for a total of $275,000. Since 2010, Activated Ministries’ In Recognition of Service Scholarships have provided tuition assistance to the children of current and former missionaries. Our goal is to honor those who have served on the mission field, for a minimum of 10 years, by assisting their children in the pursuit of their education. Individual scholarships range from $500 to $1500, averaging $1000.

Applications are received and processed each Spring and Fall. Follow the link for more information about eligibility and how to apply or read the stories of those around the globe who have been awarded an IROS scholarship. If you would like to donate to the IROS Scholarship Program, please click here.

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Scholarship recipients

Scholarship stats

So who received these scholarships and how were they applied? Here is the breakdown by degree type, location and field of study.

Ratio of Males/Females

  • 35% scholarships were awarded to Males
  • 65% scholarships were awarded to Females.

Applicants who received scholarships applied them towards the following degrees:

  • Certificates: 38
  • Associates/Bachelors: 121
  • Masters: 8
  • JD: 1
  • PhD: 2

Applicants/recipients are located in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Cyprus
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Mexico
  • New South Wales
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UAE

Applicants/Recipients have listed the following fields of study as their majors:

Accounting, Applied Counseling, Art, Beauty and Therapy, Biblical Studies, Biology/Pre-med, Boat-Building, Business Coaching, Business/Management/Marketing, Child Development, Chinese and Business, Chinese Language and Culture, Christian Apologetics, Communication Science , Computer Science, Cosmetology, Court Reporting, Criminal Justice, Culinary arts, Dental Assisting, Dentistry, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, Engineering, English/Film Studies, Fashion design, Finance, Floral Design, Foreign language, Gastronomy, German Language, Graphic Design, Health Science, History, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Interior Design, International development, International Relations, International Studies, Interpretation, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law School, Leadership and Management, Liberal Arts, Massage Therapy, Medical Interpreter, Montessori Teaching, Nonprofit Management, Nursing, Pedagogy, Personal Training, Philosophy/Theology, Photography, Physiotherapy, Politics & International Studies, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Russian Language and Culture, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish Language, Teaching ESL

Abitha Orcutt

I wanted to express my gratitude for granting me your IROS scholarship for the year of 2011, as well as for the previous year 2010. This scholarship will help towards my future goals in life and I wanted to write and express my sincere appreciation for giving me the opportunity to further my education. Thank you.  Read more about Abitha Orcutt

Puerto Rico,
University of Phoenix,
Latest Term: 

Sierra Sanchez

I was so excited when I heard that I had won this scholarship. It is such a blessing to receive a gift like this that allows me to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher overseas. There are always extra expenses associated with being an Missionary Kid, such as flying across the world to be with family, and this money will help me continue my college degree and still be able to visit my family. I am excited to be returning for my third year of college, and am highly appreciative of this organization for aiding me in my journey of education. Read more about Sierra Sanchez

Tabor College,
Latest Term: 

Nataliya Govorukha

I would like to thank all those associated with Activated Ministries. This scholarship will allow me to finish my studies in the Kharkov National University - one of the biggest and well known in the Ukraine - and to receive Bachelor degree. Read more about Nataliya Govorukha

Kharkov, Ukraine,
Kharkov National University,
Russian & Literature,
Latest Term: 


When you informed me that I was awarded the Activated Ministries Scholarship for Fall 2018, I
was completely ecstatic! I must have re-read your letter about two or three times just to make
sure it was real. Thank you, thank you, thank you all for making this possible for me! This last
year, I was at a crossroad of whether to continue my education in obtaining a BA in Child
Development or just settle for an AA in this field. I knew that with a BA I could do much, much
Read more about Amaris

San Diego, California ,
Point Loma University,
Child Development ,
Latest Term: 

Maria Faquaharson

Teaching children has always been a great passion of mine. Throughout my 30 years of missionary service, I have always been involved in teaching in some form or another. My children have graduated from high school and my desire now is to teach underprivileged children and young people in third-world countries. My goal specifically is to teach children from primary school until they complete high-school and have a future in their career and academic life. Read more about Maria Faquaharson

Ontario, Canada,
Athabasca University,
Latest Term: