Religious Education

In secular usage, religious education is the teaching of a particular religion (although in the United Kingdom the term religious instruction would refer to the teaching of a particular religion, with religious education referring to teaching about religions in general) and its varied aspects: its beliefs, doctrines, rituals, customs, rites, and personal roles. In Western and secular culture, religious education implies a type of education which is largely separate from academia, and which (generally) regards religious belief as a fundamental tenet and operating modality, as well as a prerequisite for attendance.

The secular concept is substantially different from societies that adhere to religious law, wherein "religious education" connotes the dominant academic study, and in typically religious terms, teaches doctrines which define social customs as "laws" and the violations thereof as "crimes", or else misdemeanors requiring punitive correction.

The free choice of religious education by parents according to their conviction is protected by Convention against Discrimination in Education.

Religious education is controversial worldwide. Some countries, such as the United States, do not publicly fund religious education nor make it part of compulsory schooling. In other contexts, such as the United Kingdom, an 'open' religious education has emerged from Christian confessionalism that it is intended to promote religious literacy without imparting a particular religious perspective. This kind of religious education has drawn criticism because, it is argued, there is no neutral perspective from which to study religions and any kind of compulsory schooling is likely to impact on the formation of a student's religious identity

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Scholarships for Religious Education Majors

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Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program

Golden Apple Foundation

Up to $23,000 April 01, 2024 See Details
 

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program

Golden Apple Foundation

award

Up to $23,000

deadline

April 01, 2024
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McAllaster Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

McAllaster Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

award

$20,500

deadline

Varies
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Christ College Scholarship

Concordia University, Irvine

$5,000 Varies See Details
 

Christ College Scholarship

Concordia University, Irvine

award

$5,000

deadline

Varies
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Edgar G. Garvin Scholarship

Greater Wayne County Foundation, Inc.

$5,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Edgar G. Garvin Scholarship

Greater Wayne County Foundation, Inc.

award

$5,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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James L. Pogue Scholarship

Union College, Nebraska

Up to $4,600 Varies See Details
 

James L. Pogue Scholarship

Union College, Nebraska

award

Up to $4,600

deadline

Varies
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United Methodist Clergy & Dependent Award - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

Up to $4,000 Varies See Details
 

United Methodist Clergy & Dependent Award - Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University

award

Up to $4,000

deadline

Varies
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Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

National Education Association

$3,500 April 15, 2024 See Details
 

Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

National Education Association

award

$3,500

deadline

April 15, 2024
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Ministerial Scholarship - Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University

Up to $3,000 Varies See Details
 

Ministerial Scholarship - Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University

award

Up to $3,000

deadline

Varies
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Hazel Gates Woodruff Memorial Pi Beta Phi Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

$3,000 March 15, 2024 See Details
 

Hazel Gates Woodruff Memorial Pi Beta Phi Scholarship

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Arts and Sciences

award

$3,000

deadline

March 15, 2024
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Preministerial Scholars Program Scholarship - Samford University

Samford University

$3,000 December 01, 2024 See Details
 

Preministerial Scholars Program Scholarship - Samford University

Samford University

award

$3,000

deadline

December 01, 2024
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