WNAC provides educational scholarships as part of its ongoing mission: helping Free Will Baptist women of all ages discover and utilize God-designed roles for communicating the gospel. The Mary R. Wisehart Scholarship  assists young women studying at Free Will Baptist institutions for higher learning here in the U.S. The Cleo Pursell Foreign Student Scholarship helps international students pursuing Christian education within their own country or region of the world.


Cleo Pursell Foreign Student Scholarships

Pursell scholarships are awarded each July during the annual WNAC Convention. Named in memory of longtime WNAC leader, Cleo Pursell, these provide help for international students preparing for ministry within their own region or country. WNAC bases individual selection on recommendations from Free Will Baptist mission leaders (Home Missions and International Missions). Scholarship amounts vary as funding comes solely from designated gifts received throughout the year.

On the WNAC Calendar, February has long been known as Cleo Pursell Foreign Student Scholarship Month. Several recipients of these scholarships are now Free Will Baptist leaders in their homelands, while others serve Christ throughout the world. In 2013, Myriam Le Louarn of France was the scholarship recipient.

To give to the Cleo Pursell Foreign Student Scholarship program, donate below:


Cleo Pursell Scholarship Recipients

2017 Recipients – Students at Cedars of Lebanon Seminary in Cuba

2016 Recipients – Two Indian pastoral students (names withheld for security reasons)

2015 Recipients – Two Indian pastoral students (names withheld for security reasons)

2014 Recipients – Myriam Le Louarn (France); Nicolas Iriquite (Cote d’Ivoire)

2013 Recipients – Myriam Le Louarn (France)

2012 Recipients – Elisa Niz, Cynthia Urriola, Stephanie Concepción, Báderlin Castañeda, and Liz González (Chamé Institute, Panama)

2011 Recipients – Ester Romero and Gabriella Martinez (Seminary of the Cross, Mexico

Dr. Mary Ruth Wisehart Scholarships

WNAC awarded its first Wisehart Scholarships in early 2012. Named in honor of for WNAC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mary Ruth Wisehart, this $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to  a promising young woman at each of the five Free Will Baptist Colleges in the U.S.

In 2010, WNAC Convention delegates voted to convert the organization’s longstanding loan fund to a scholarship fund. The following guidelines were approved in 2011.

+ Recipient must be a female student enrolled full-time.
+ Recipient must be a member in good standing of a Free Will Baptist church or mission.
+ Recipient must be enrolled in one of the Free Will Baptist colleges:

  • Welch College, Nashville, TN
  • Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, Moore, OK
  • California Christian College, Fresno, CA
  • Southeastern Free Will Baptist College, Wendell, NC

+ Recipient must be a sophomore, junior, or senior.
+ Recipient must maintain a grade point average of a “C” or above.
+ Recipient must exemplify Christian qualities and display continuing spiritual growth.
+ Recipient will be chosen by the scholarship committee of the designated college
+ Recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
+ Recipient may apply annually.

A scholarship committee at each of the five above-named colleges receives applications and selects the school’s recipient. Interested women should talk with the financial advisor at their perspective school.

To give to the Dr. Mary Ruth Wisehart Student Scholarship program, donate below:


Wisehart Scholarship Recipients

2016 – Allison Lewis (Welch); Courtney Anderson (Hillsdale); Tori Jefferis (Southeastern)

2015 – Brianna Hurley (Welch); Rebecca Collier (Southeastern); Blake Braisher (Hillsdale); Angie Fuller (California Christian)

2014 – Abby Greenwood (Welch); Leah Batten (Southeastern); Jerra Henthorn (Hillsdale)

2013 – Bre Rierson Lee (Hillsdale); Jessica Potter (California Christian); Amber Wilson (Gateway); Rebekah Gedeon (Welch)


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