The Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society

Application for Scholarship Assistance and

Application for the Ernest H. Hatch and Charles F. Putnam Named Scholarship

To The Applicant

 

 

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Read Covenant of Agreement and sign.
  3. Return form to school official to complete and sign.
  4. If you are attending a New England Graduate School you must interview with the Executive Director of the Charitable Society.
  5. Application deadline is July 31; Interviews are scheduled in August
  6. Grants are awarded once a year

 

Grant Criteria

 

  1. Be in a program which is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
  2. Be a matriculated student.
  3. Be serving at least 19 hours a week in a recognized ministry in Massachusetts.
  4. Have a recognized ABC/USA ordination.
  5. Have standing in the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts.
  6. Also, if you are completing a Master of Divinity degree and meet the above criteria you are eligible to apply for a grant.

Ernest H. Hatch and Charles F. Putnam Scholarship Criteria

 

  1. Meet the above grant criteria.
  2. Write a one-page essay on how you think your studies will enhance your particular ministry as well as your ministry the wider family of believers. The essay must be submitted at the time of your interview.

 Return all application materials to the Executive Director. For further information, contact

 

The Rev. Rebecca Tornblom

57 Walnut Street

Holden, MA

beckytornblom@msn.com          Tel. 508=829-2788             Fax 774-345-4148 

Website: www.massbaptistcharitable.org 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Director.

 

 

History of the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society

 

            The Society has been aiding spouses and children of deceased American Baptist clergy since 1794 when the Warren Association voted to receive an annual collection for such purposes. The Society incorporated in 1821 when a Mrs. Sparhawk bequeathed $1,000 for this compassionate ministry.

 

            Monthly grants are provided to spouses of deceased American Baptist clergy who have served in Massachusetts and who currently have assets below $100,000 (not including home and car) and annual incomes below $32,000.

 

            Due to the faithfulness of individuals and congregations and the excellent stewarding of Society monies by the Investment Committee, in 1991 the Society’s ministry expanded to include emergency grants to Baptist clergy for personal and/or family needs. The Society often works in collaboration with the Conference of Baptist Ministers and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) in meeting such needs.

 

            Beginning in 1996, the Society initiated assistance to ordained American Baptist clergy for repayment of

educational loans taken in preparation for ordained ministry. The Charitable Society aids with education loan repayment grants in order to support TABCOM ordained clergy who are serving in recognized ministry in Massachusetts to diminish indebtedness accumulated while achieving the Bachelor and Master of Divinity degrees.

 

            In 2000, the Charitable Society began granting scholarship aid to Massachusetts American Baptist clergy in the process of receiving a post-Master of Divinity degree. These scholarships are solely for tuition and book expenses. Those enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry, Ph.D., Th.D., or S.T.M. degree program that is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools are eligible for these scholarships. In addition to these general scholarships, there are two special named scholarships, described below, for which one may also apply.

 

                                                                                                                       

Ernest H. Hatch and Charles F. Putnam Scholarships

 

Mr. Ernest H. Hatch faithfully and competently served the Charitable Society as Treasurer and as a member of the Investment Committee for 17 years prior to his death in February 1999. Mr. Charles Putnam served as a wise steward of the Society’s

investment portfolio for many years prior to his retirement in 1999. These scholarships,

in the amount of $2,000 each, are in honor of their ministry to the Charitable Society as

well as the wider body of believers.

 

Return all application materials to the Executive Director. For further information, you may contact:

 

The Rev. Rebecca Tornblom

57 Walnut Street

Holden, MA

beckytornblom@msn.com          Tel. 508-829-2788             Fax 774-345-4148 

Website: www.massbaptistcharitable.org 

 

Application for the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society-Confidential

 

Name: _______________________________________________ SSN: ____________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________

City: ___________________________________________ State: _________ Zip:____________________

Telephone: (h) ___________________ (o) ______________________ (c) __________________________

E-mail: ________________________________________________________ Fax: ___________________

Marital Status: _____________________ Number of Dependents, if applicable: ______________________

 

Name and Address of Recognized Ministry: ___________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Are you full-time or part-time: __________________________ 19+ hours per week? Y ___ N ___

 

Name of Educational Institution: ____________________________________________________________

Degree Program: ___________________ Credits this semester: _______________ Total to Date: _________

Number of Credits Remaining: ______________________  Expected Date of Graduation: ______________

 

Date Received Master of Divinity: ___________________ Seminary: _______________________________

Date of Ordination: ________________________________ Recognized by TABCOM? Y___ N___

Do You Have Standing With TABCOM: Y___ N ____

 

Educational Expenses

 

Tuition: $_________________________ Books: $___________________

 

Total Semester Tuition and Book Expenses: $______________________________

 

Total Year: $ ________________________

 

Income Related to Educational Expenses

 

Self: $_______________________________________ Family: $ ____________________________________

Grants/Scholarships/Loans (Please List): $ ______________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

Total Educational Income: $__________________________________________________________________

Educational Expenses Minus Educational Income: $_______________________________________________

 

Return all application materials to the Executive Director. For further information, you may contact:

 

The Rev. Rebecca Tornblom

57 Walnut Street

Holden, MA

beckytornblom@msn.com          Tel. 508-829-2788             Fax 774-345-4148 

Website: www.massbaptistcharitable.org 

 

COVENANT OF AGREEMENT

 

I hereby certify to the Board of the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society that I have made a correct answer to each inquiry of this application, have conformed to the criteria as set forth by the Society, and that it continues to be my unwavering purpose to devote my life to the work of the gospel ministry through the American Baptist Churches USA, and that I need and hereby solicit aid from the Charitable Society.  

I give permission for the Financial Aid Officer of my educational institution to release information about me to the official representatives of the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society.

  

__________________________________________________     ____________________________________

Signature                                                                                              Date

 

 

I hereby certify that this student is a matriculated student at this institution.

 

__________________________________________________     _____________________________________

(Graduate School Official)                                                                    Date                                                                            

  

Return all application materials to the Executive Director. For further information, you may contact:

The Rev. Rebecca Tornblom

57 Walnut Street

Holden, MA

beckytornblom@msn.com          Tel. 508-829-2788             Fax 774-345-4148 

Website: www.massbaptistcharitable.org 

 Updated on April 2, 2015