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Activated Ministries Scholarships

Spring 2020 was our 10-year anniversary of the Activated Ministries’ In Recognition of Service Scholarship program, providing tuition assistance to the children of current and former missionaries.  We have given 410 scholarships for a total of $397,000.  Scholarships have gone to students in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Italy, UK, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Uganda, South Africa.

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

Miles Ostander

I'd like to thank Activates Ministries for their generous scholarship, which will greatly help my family and I return to the mission field debt free! Upon completing school, we plan to return to the D.R. Congo to volunteer full-time with a remote Christian University working in community development.  

May God bless all those who contributed to this scholarship for their generosity and encouragement. 

- Miles 
Stanwood, Washington,
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: 


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 ,
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Micah Burnham

I am currently studying to be admitted to medical school to become a doctor. Throughout my time in school, I have done my best to work hard to pay for school, while also trying to be a light by serving in the surrounding community. Mission work can happen wherever you are, and I am involved in many different ministries serving the poor and needy n my city. This scholarship will allow me to devote more time to serving others and trying to reach my neighbors in the city of Lynchburg with the Gospel while also attending school. Read more about Micah Burnham

Lynchburg, Virginia,
Liberty University,
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Vera Didenko

I am the first Ukrainian student in my university to receive a scholarship from an international organization. It was quite a complicated process to work out all the paperwork correctly, since my university never did this before, and I want to thank the Activated Ministries for all the extra work they had to do to process the paperwork. Now that it is done, though, it created a precedent for other students, and possibly will encourage some of them to not give up and look for ways to pay for their education in spite of the war and poverty in this country. Read more about Vera Didenko

Kvyiv, Ukraine,
The National University of Kyiv,
Computer Science,
Latest Term: