Thank you for your interest in our Scholarships. Our Scholarship Committee met in late June of 2022 and awarded funds for the 2022-2023 academic year to qualified applicants. You are invited to review the scholarships we offer in the menu below should you be interested in applying next year. Watch this page for more details on the application deadline, which will likely be late spring of 2023, for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Church Office at 770-227-5517.


The Scholarship Committee

First Baptist Church of Griffin


Blanche Tyus Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was created by Morgan Frank Smith in memory of his wife, Blanche. Preference is given to students attending Truett McConnell, Brewton Parker, and Shorter University, but awards are not restricted only students attending these schools. There are no stipulations on field of study.

Jones Seminary Scholarship Fund

Established by Sara Cheatham in memory of her father, “Parson” Jones, this scholarship was intended for individuals pursuing a degree in an area of the ministry or other Christian education approved by the Board of Deacons.

Wynne Patterson Scholarship

Mrs. Nell Wynne created this scholarship in the name of her granddaughter, Wynne Patterson. Recipients must attend a Baptist college or university. Recipients must attend a Baptist college or university. The applicant must be a member of First Baptist Church of Griffin.

Joiner-Bates Scholarship

This scholarship is the result of combining the Joiner Scholarship and The Dena Bates Scholarship. Sara Joiner established the Joiner Scholarship in memory of her husband, W.L. Joiner, to fund religious education. The Dena Bates Scholarship was created in memory of Dena Bates, and was intended for recipients’ educations in such service-oriented vocations as counseling, medicine, ministry, or similar fields. Upon combining these scholarships, the Joiner family agreed to broaden its terms to match the Bates Scholarship.

Otis D. Blake Jr. Memorial Scholarship

The Blake Scholarship is established in memory of Otis D. Blake, Jr., by his wife, Nancy B. Blake, and their family. The purpose of this scholarship is only to meet the need of a deserving student or students who would find it difficult to earn an undergraduate degree without financial assistance. This scholarship from his family honors Mr. Blake’s desire for deserving individuals to at least have an opportunity to use their gifts to the fullest extent by acquiring an education which he believed would strengthen family, church, community, and nation. The applicant must be a high school senior or a current college student with exceptional scholastic ability and ambition, must be seeking enrollment as a full-time college student, must provide evidence of financial need, must be a member of First Baptist Church of Griffin or closely related to FBC for at least one year, and may be the child of a minister or currently-employed staff member at FBC. The applicant may be awarded in successive years if a need continues to exist.