Tomorrow River Lutheran Parish Scholarships

There are two scholarships available through the Tomorrow River Lutheran Parish. There are different requirements for each. Application forms are available below, from the church office, or in the narthex of each church. The Education committee will review all applications and make their recommendations to the Church Council. Upon action of the Council, the Pastor(s) will notify recipients.


Scholarships available are as follows:

E.L.C.A. Scholarship:

The E.L.C.A. scholarship is available to any student who resides in the Tomorrow River area (does not need to be a member of the Tomorrow River Lutheran Parish) and is for attendance at accredited colleges, universities, and seminaries of the E.L.C.A.  First year students, who have been accepted for enrollment, may make application.  High school grades and ACT or SAT score must be provided.  A short essay on life goals and priorities is also required.

This scholarship can be renewed for multiple years. Upper class students maintaining satisfactory academic standards may apply for renewal scholarships.  Renewal applications must include grades from the previous semester.  Recipients must complete a minimum of 15 credits per semester or quarter and have a 2.0 or better grade point average on the 4 point system. The award is $500 per semester or $1,000 per year and is sent to the student after receipt of grades showing that they have completed the semester with minimum number of credits and G.P.A.

If applications for scholarships should be greater than funds available, applications of members of Peace Lutheran Church will be given priority.  Qualified students may apply annually regardless of the result of prior application.

ELCA Scholarship Application


Gurholt Family Scholarship

The Gurholt Family Scholarship honors the memory of Paul Gurholt, a teacher in the Amherst School system for many years.  The scholarship is for a high school senior from Peace Lutheran Church who plans to attend an accredited college, university or vocational/technical college/school.  The scholarship will be awarded prior to the first semester of study. Funding is for only one year and is intended for first year students only.

Preference will be given to students who plan to prepare for a career in Christian service, the health occupations (nursing, medicine, etc.) or education in the area of life sciences, although all students are eligible and are encouraged to apply.  A minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 on a 4-point scale is required.  Preference will be given to students who have had some work experience and involvement in church and community services.  

Applicants must submit an essay (700 words maximum) on his or her journey of faith.  This essay may focus on one of the following choices:

  • One specific event and how it has shaped your faith journey.
  • How your Christian faith has helped you or caused you to struggle with a decision in your life.
  • How Peace Lutheran Church has helped you prepare for your future plans.
  • Any other way you wish to express your faith journey.

The essay may be published in the church bulletins, newsletters or website.  Care in its composition is expected.

The scholarship award is for $1,000 and will ordinarily be awarded at senior Sunday each spring in anticipation of studies to commence in the fall. If there is more than one applicant, the money may be divided among eligible applicants.

Gurholt Family Scholarship Application