E.M. Franklin Scholarship

In December 1993, St. James Baptist Church established a scholarship program in honor and memory of the late Rev. E. M. Franklin. The E. M. Franklin Scholarship Program was developed and perfected by the late Sister Delores Thomas, who ensured that each senior had an opportunity to excel academically. The vision of this dedicated worker stills lives on. She passed away in 2009.

This program awards scholarships to qualifying high school students who are members of St. James Baptist Church.


These scholarships awarded are for encouraging students at St. James to further their education. A maximum of seven (7) scholarships will be awarded each year.


An application package is complete and eligible for consideration only when the following items are received by the deadline:

  1. Application completion
  2. Be an active member of St. James Baptist Church
  3. Have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA at the time of submission
  4. Be accepted to an accredited college, university or technical school
  5. Submit a certified high school transcript including the most recently concluded semester/trimester
  6. Provide 3 letters of recommendation: a.) one, from a Member of St. James, which reflects your church involvement b.) one, from a representative from your school (Principal, Teacher, Counselor, etc.), which reflects your academic achievements/potential c.) one that is a personal reference
  7. Be a full time student (part time is acceptable with proof of employment) and provide proof of admission and enrollment in order to receive payment
  8. A personal statement, in an essay format, indicating your response to the following question: In what ways do you plan to engage in Christian commitment, academic excellence, and leadership/service as you complete your academic endeavors?
    Note: Essays are limited to 500 words; must be typed, double-spaced; at least 12pt Font Size; and in Arial or Times New Roman Font
  9. Student photo (digital)

The awarding of any scholarships of St. James is contingent upon the student fulfilling all of the above requirements in addition to completing the Distribution Agreement Form prior to the award disbursement.

The 2018 Application is NOW AVAILABLE:

  • Online Application here
  • Download Hardcopy here
  • Pick up from The Church Office

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2018

Submit completed application:

  • Online: Using the Online Application, with all required supporting documents attached
  • Hardcopy:  Turn into the Church Office, with all supporting documents included


For questions, contact the St. James Scholarship Committee at scholarships@stjamescmbc.org