Ignite Your Flame Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes students who are developing an awareness of their unique inner "flame:" the talents, interests and gifts they have to offer the world. Applicants are interested in reaching their full potential to serve their school, congregation and wider community.

Recipients of the Leadership Scholarship for New High School Students will receive up to 50 percent off of the regular high school tuition rate.*

Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • High school students who do not attend EMS and will enter grades 9 through 12 in the next school year.
  • Students who have demonstrated strong academic performance. Students who will enter grade 9 will be evaluated based on middle school grades and SOL proficiency; homeschool students will be evaluated based on review of course content and course work/testing. Recipients will be expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their scholarship.
  • Excellent character, strong communication skills, a service orientation, and a desire to participate in an active school community.
  • Demonstrated leadership in student’s current school, congregation, and/or community organization.
  • Current participation in a co-curricular activity such as sports, drama, music, band, etc. Recipients are expected to continue participation in co-curricular activities at EMS. In addition, they must be members of WeServe and Student Ambassadors throughout their scholarship.
  • An appreciation for the interconnectedness of all people, and a desire to make an impact on society.


To apply please:

  1. Complete the online application(Additional documents are also required for admission and include references and school transcripts.)
  2. Submit an essay of no more than 250 words to EMS admissions office (admissions@easternmennonite.org). Choose one of the following prompts:
    • How does a positive attitude play a role in leadership?
    • How does a positive attitude play a role in leadership?
    • Describe a leader you know who has responded to a challenge in a positive way. How has he or she inspired you?
    • Who is a leader you admire? Describe this person and his or her qualities.
    • Are leaders born with leadership qualities or are those skills developed?
    • Describe a global or local issue you feel passionately about, and explain how you could lead others to follow your cause.
  3. Schedule a personal interview with EMS admissions counselor Marsha Thomas by calling 540-236-6021 or mailing  thomasm@easternmennonite.org.
Deadline for applications is March 31. One or more recipients of this scholarship will be chosen. Recipients will be notified starting April 1.

*Tuition rate is calculated based on published tuition rate minus any reductions in tuition. Scholarship discount will be applied after any reductions in tuition are calculated.