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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)
    Charlotte, NC
    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


Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Community Development minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor


  • Economics 
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor