Spirit of a Forester Scholarship Competition

Join us on our home campus Saturday February 17, 2024 for the Spirit of a Forester Scholarship Competition. This invitation-only competition is for students with a 3.7 or higher GPA.

The Spirit of a Forester Scholarship Competition will take place on Saturday morning and will include an interview and extemporaneous essay competition.

Register here for the Spirit of a Forester Scholarship Competition.

Earn Scholarship Competition Bonus Points

Complete one of the activities below to earn bonus points in the competition. Questions? Email admissions@huntington.edu. Please note that you can apply and return to this page to submit your extra credit later. Each extra credit opportunity has an 'submit' page in the dropdown.

Chases Truth

Submit a three-minute sermon on a Scripture verse of your choice. Provide a copy of your sermon or a recording of you preaching, teaching, or speaking at church, youth group, or a similar event. Alternate option: Submit a one-page original piece of published writing on the topic of truth.

Defies Complacency

Submit documentation of your participation in an organization or role as leader of a group, club, conference, or organization. Documentation can be a letter from another organization leader, a photo, a press release, or a certificate.

Remains Curious

Submit verification of an extracurricular course or training you completed or significant content you mastered by providing a copy of the certificate or license (cannot be from a high school course).

Cares Completely

Do some yard work or help with home improvement for someone in your church or neighborhood on behalf of Huntington University. Wear a Huntington University t-shirt (we can send you one) and take photos and/or video, post them to social media, and tag HU. You can also submit screenshots of your posts.

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Embraces Interconnectedness

Plan, participate in, and/or promote a community, missions, or church activity. Submit verification of your connectedness with a letter, certificate, or document demonstrating your planning or promotion.

Has Grit

Complete one of the following challenges and submit proof:

  • Shoot 10 free throws successfully and consecutively
  • Make 10 consecutive soccer goals
  • Run the 100 yard dash in 11 seconds
  • Hit 10 pitched baseballs in a row
  • Make 2 consecutive bowling strikes
  • Swim 10 Olympic laps
  • Participate in a marathon, triathlon, etc.
  • Open challenge — you choose the challenge, and we will choose the threshold
Explores Creativity

Record and submit a music, art, theatre, or dance performance (competition performances are acceptable) or submit a film, digital design, or engineering/architectural design or project. A fashion design, like clothing, hair, or shoes, would work as a submission as well.

Scholarship Opportunities

These scholarships replace the initial merit scholarships.

ScholarshipAmount Awarded
ForesterFull Tuition
Cedar$25,000 per year
Evergreen $22,000 per year
Spruce$19,000 per year
Pine$16,000 per year
Fir$1,000 per year 

What is a Forester?

A Huntington University Forester… 

  • Chases truth. Because all truth is God’s truth, Foresters relentlessly pursue it. They seek to glorify their Creator by caring for every tree, stone, and being in His creation and to be “ministers of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18) who see creation’s redemptive potential. (John 8:32)  
  • Defies complacency. Foresters never stop trying to improve themselves or the world around them. Failures will happen, but Foresters will use mistakes as growth opportunities. (Romans 8:28)  
  • Remains curious. College is a fundamental time in education, but a Forester will seek new opportunities to learn long after graduation. (Proverbs 4: 6-7)  
  • Cares completely. Foresters are dedicated to service, caring for others both willingly and joyfully. They also care about forming relationships within the Forester Nation and nurturing new generations of Foresters. As foresters care for plants in every stage of the life cycle, from seedling to mature tree to acorn, so Foresters get involved in others’ growth through prayer, interpersonal relationships, and giving back to the University. (Romans 12:10)  
  • Embraces interconnectedness. In a forest, tree roots intertwine and make the ground stronger. Foresters realize that any pursuit – art, literature, math, science, history, etc. – is stronger in community. For Foresters, that community is an authentic space where hard conversations are welcome, opinions are respected, and brotherly love is genuine. A Forester seeks experiences across disciplines and with others, and that interconnectedness becomes a Forester’s strength. (John 15:5)
  • Has grit. Like a forester in the wood contending with dirt and branches and leaves, a Forester doesn’t back down from making a difference just because it’s going to get messy. Foresters answer the call to serve. (Isaiah 41:10)  
  • Explores creativity. Foresters push the boundaries of their art. Not every Forester wields a paint brush or camera, but all Foresters seek innovations, new perspectives, and inventive solutions that propel their disciplines forward. (Colossians 3:23-24)