Vennard Gilmore Scholarships

Apply for the Vennard Gilmore Scholarships
  Applications will be accepted January 23 through April 23, 2017.
  Applicant will:
  1. complete the application form
  2. provide a letter of interest addressed to the Vennard College Alumni Association, including personal testimony and future plans
  3. provide a letter of reference from a pastor, high school administrator, teacher or community leader; the letter of reference cannot come from a family member
  4. provide a copy of the letter of acceptance to the college you plan to attend

The scholarship review committee does not know the name of any of the applicants. The award decisions are based solely on the application.

The Vennard College Alumni Association will offer two or more scholarships; the award for each 2017 scholarship will be not less than $1000.00 . Selections for the scholarship awards will be made by June 1, 2017.

Apply Online
For detailed Application Instructions, and links to the online application forms, click HERE
If you have any questions, or are unable to use the online application email us for help at

History of the Vennard Gilmore Scholarships
In 1910, Dr. Iva Durham Vennard founded Chicago Evangelistic Institute (CEI) in Chicago, Illinois, for the purpose of providing "effective training for Christian service." Her stated goals were to send Spirit-filled people into the ministry and to promote Scriptural Holiness.
In 1951, the school moved to University Park, Iowa, where it was renamed Vennard College in 1959. The move to the beautiful, rural setting brought Vennard into a familial relationship with the graduates of the three other Christian colleges which formerly occupied the campus:
Central Holiness University, John Fletcher College, and Kletzing College.

Now, 102 years later, the “spirit” of Christian Education which began with Dr. Vennard continues through the ministry of the Vennard College Alumni Association.
To read more about Vennard College and the associated schools, visit the
Vennard Gilmore Scholarships History page.

Contribute to the Vennard Gilmore Scholarships
As an Alumni Association we believe in the need to train exemplary young people to be the Christian leaders of the future. Our method of offering that training has been altered. But our commitment to education remains steadfast.

Visit the Scholarship Contributions page for details on how you can contribute now to the Scholarship Fund, or plan a long-range donation.

Also on that page we have an audio of clip of President Harris discussion the importance of supporting education.

The 1st Alumni Scholarship - 1943
Below is the original note from Dr. Vennard to the first Alumni Association scholarship recipient.
click on the image to see the enlargement
Thanks so much to Pat Brown for making this available to us.