It’s all about changed lives! Through generous donations, The Idlewild Foundation funds undergraduate scholarships to active, serving Idlewild members who show a financial need and who wish to start or complete their undergraduate college education or attend a vocational or technical school. Since 2012 we have given more than 360 scholarships totaling over $900,000. Scholarship applications for the Fall semester of 2018 are now available and will be due by May 14. Please click here to download an application or you may obtain a copy at a kiosk or the Welcome Desks at Idlewild Baptist Church. The application has a great deal of information about the requirements of this scholarship program. Children of public safety employees or of parents who have served in the armed forces receive special consideration. For our latest on a life impacted by the generosity of God, please watch Chris Evangelista’s story below.
This scholarship program began when a loving couple wanted to donate funds to start education for those who might not otherwise be able to attend college. They made this donation anonymously because they want God to get all of the glory. Since then, additional donations have been made and allow the scholarship program to continue. We want to also let you know that you can make an impact and add to this fund at any time. Your donations are tax deductible! Our scholarship fund is well managed and we are careful to stay within the guidelines and requirements of the law. Our scholarship committee includes three Pastors with knowledge of the applicants and other members of Idlewild who are committed to good stewardship of all donated funds – after all, it is all God’s money.
The Idlewild Foundation remains excited to announce the receipt of a grant for $100,000 from the In God We Trust Foundation to fund scholarships for five members of Idlewild Baptist Church who fit the program requirements. This allows The Idlewild Foundation to further expand its scholarship program to the glory of God. The God We Trust Foundation is behind the In God We Trust specialty license plates issued by the State of Florida and has a mission that compliments that of The Idlewild Foundation. Charitable revenue received through sales of the ‘In God We Trust’ specialty license plate goes to fund education for children of Florida residents in the military community, children of Florida residents in the public safety community, and to provide education in public or private schools regarding the historical significance of religion in American and Florida history.
The In God We Trust Foundation has proven to be a good steward of the money received by it through the State of Florida specialty license plate program. They are independently audited every year, strive to comply with the legal requirements, meeting both the letter and spirit of the law, and are working hard to fulfill its statutory mission and God’s plan. Please consider making that step to donate a small amount more when you renew your license plate and select a plate that says what is on your heart, “In God We Trust.”