Kenton Van Pelt Scholarship

Kenton Van Pelt loved engaging with people.

He was always ready with a warm welcome and a sincere greeting. He inspired others with his energy, his enthusiasm, his determination, and his genuine heart for service. Kenton was a loyal friend, a creative performer, and a passionate advocate for justice. He was moved and motivated by the devastation and loss as well as by the beauty and joy he observed while serving in Haiti.

This $750 Kenton Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship, given in Kenton’s memory, is awarded to students who desire to pursue and extend, Kenton’s people-oriented vision of hope and transformation. The award is intended to help defray the cost of mission and service opportunities. The ideal candidate will be an energetic person with a demonstrated commitment to service and a desire to deepen their faith in God.

Application process

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Upload/attach a rationale for the mission and service opportunity (e.g. explain the goals of the trip, describe the social/economic context, identify the people/populations affected and how this service opportunity will benefit the local community, discuss the candidate’s personal suitability and passion for the mission).  The presentation may be in any format (essay, video, report, etc), but it must be in a digital format. If your presentation is not originally in digital format, please photograph/video the presentation for uploading. To attach files, please click here. Please write “Kenton Van Pelt Bursary” in the subject line.
  3. Upload/attach at least one strong and thoughtful personal recommendation from a teacher, pastor, youth elder, or adult mentor. Please direct your files to japers@hdch.org. Please write “Kenton Van Pelt Bursary” in the subject line.

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at Hamilton District Christian High
  • Be committed to a short-term mission opportunity
  • Present a rationale for the mission and service opportunity
    • explain the goals of the trip
    • describe the social/economic context
    • identify the people/populations affected
    • how this service opportunity will benefit the local community
    • discuss the candidate’s personal suitability and passion for the mission
  • The presentation may be in any format (essay, video, report, etc)
  • Provide at least one strong and thoughtful personal recommendation from a teacher, pastor, youth elder, or adult mentor.

Selection:

  • Applicants should submit their application presentation (including personal reference) to the principal by December 23, 2017.  All applicants will receive a letter of acknowledgment upon receipt of the presentation.
  • The foundation, in consultation with school administration and the Van Pelt family, will select candidates from the application pool.
  • The $750 award will be applied toward the cost of participation in a short-term mission.
  • Successful candidates should be prepared to give a short report or presentation upon their return.