On May 30, 2014, Mark’s life was captured by God when he was shot and killed coming home from Norfolk Christian’s graduation. Mark was a beloved son and brother, grandson, loyal friend, and all around good guy. But Mark was more than “good.” What made him special was he was very aware he was imperfect, and fully surrendered his life to the God who loved him anyway. As one of our volunteers at the SonRise Music Festival 2014, Mark went above and beyond the call of duty on many many levels the whole weekend. He displayed a strong Christian character to everyone he served and volunteered with.
Type or legibly print, in blue or black ink, all requested information.

  • Complete the form entirely; if a question is not applicable to you,indicate so by answering “N/A”
  • Attach your official high school transcripts to your application. Applicant is required to have a minimum 2.5 or higher GPA in order to qualify to receive the scholarship.
    • You may submit up to two letters of recommendation with your entry.
  • Entries must describe the applicant’s personal testimony of faith, community involvement, and volunteerism, focusing on the impact, length of service and ability to meet community needs, as well as answering the question, “Why Do You Listen To Christian Music?”.
  • Submit your typed essay on letter sized [8.5″ x 11″] paper or email.
  • Entries should be in a 12 point, legible font, double-spaced, and not to exceed 2 pages.
Failure to comply with the aforementioned criteria will result in automatic disqualification. Judging will be based on the student’s impact, the community needs that have been met, and the difference made by their actions. Student’s character should reflect the values of Christ in serving/volunteering. All work must be the original work of the student. The judging panel will be comprised of SonRise Ministries Board Members and Pastor & Mrs. Carlos Rodriguez.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23a. Along with conducting ourselves, as an organization, in a manner consistent with these attributes, we commit adding to integrity, responsibility, respect and honesty.
Deadline is April 7th and winner will be notified by April 17th.
SonRise Ministries
PO BOX 8061
Va Beach VA 23450
Submit word or PDF entries via email to info@sonrisemin.org.
One winner will be awarded a $1,​5​00.00 scholarship to be used for continuing education. Upon graduation and receipt of final high school transcripts and a letter of acceptance to a two or four year institution or a vocational/trade school, a check will be issued to the institution of higher learning in the amount of $1,​500.00​
Scholarship will be awarded by the Sonrise Ministries Board Members and Pastor & Mrs. Carlos Rodriguez. Winner will be expected to be present to receive scholarship from the main stage Saturday April 29th, 2017. Publicity photos will be taken. Applications will become the property of SonRise Ministries, Inc. and may be used for publicity purposes. Sonrise Ministries reserves the right to not award a scholarship if no eligible entry is received.
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