Private Foundation Scholarship Questions


For students enrolling in college, financial aid can come in three forms: Federal, Institutional, and Private (or third-party). For those seeking aid options in addition to federal and institutional awards, researching private scholarships may prove highly rewarding and beneficial.

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Providing a safe environment for MK’s as they transition into college and American culture


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Choosing a college is a big deal no matter what your background happens to be.

Certain aspects of missionary life in particular can make that process even more complicated and intimidating.  Missionary kids (MK’s) and third-culture kids (TCK’s) face unique challenges when it comes time to make college decisions.

  • Moving far (1000’s of miles) from family and friends
  • Long-distance planning and wondering if you really, actually understand what is expected (“lost in translation” is a real hazard)
  • Trying to anticipate transportation needs (no car, no US license, and quite possibly no local connections)
  • Looking the part (looking like typical American kids) but being completely different
  • Stepping out by faith while still making wise financial decisions (typically, MK’s cannot legally hold a job in a foreign country and might not even have access to a US bank account)
  • Learning a new culture (culture shock) while attempting to handle all of the above

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Spring Break… what to do?

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Spring Break.

These two words mean something different to everyone: road trips, beach days, sleeping in, camping, hiking, or maybe for you it means working extra hours to get ahead.

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Sadly, in general, the term “spring break” tends to hold a negative connotation.  Party-crazy crowds and all that entails seems to take center stage both as a societal norm and even in the news and social media!

However, as a Christian college student, standards of ethical and moral behavior should naturally dictate that the activities of choice during spring break (any break, actually) stand out from the mainstream “spring break beach bash” mentality.  Biblical truth and the responsibility to “shine as lights in the world” should be ever-present in our minds — even on vacation!

Does this mean you must spend the week in prayer and fasting and abstain from any type of fun?  No.  But it does mean that your identity as a Christ-follower must be your point of reference and what determines your decision to engage in any given activity.

So… what are your plans this spring break?  Will you skip town for the week?  Or are you staying local due to your work schedule or other factors?  Leaving town is always nice, but if you’re sticking around, there are quite a few fun experiences to be had right here in Jacksonville and surrounding areas.  Here is a round up of some of our favorites:




For the History Buff:


However you choose to spend spring break, remember that you are called to be salt and light to a world who needs Christ! 




10 Ways TBC Maintains a Safe Campus

img_912228129Safety is always important – no matter what you do or where you go.

Here at Trinity Baptist College we not only understand that, but we make it a priority to make our campus a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for students. We go the extra mile to make this campus a place where students can focus on their studies and their personal growth and not be hampered by safety concerns.

So what does that look like?  What measures does TBC employ to keep the campus a comfortable, friendly environment that still keeps a watchful eye?

  • 24-hour in-house security which includes over 150 surveillance cameras; TBC’s Director of Security is a reservist in the sheriff’s department.
  • 24-hour JSO (Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office) stop station on campus – this means there is a high and nearly constant police officer presence on campus
  • Regularly scheduled safety inspections of buildings and codes
  • Annual reporting in conjunction with the JSO*
  • Internal processes set up for efficient communication of alerts and drills
  • Implementation of restricted ID key-card access to academic buildings and dormitories
  • Intercom and video-call systems installed at key entry points to academic buildings
  • Strict campus-wide policy of no drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco
  • Enforcement of our Standard of Conduct as outlined in our Student Success Guide
  • Multiple buildings on campus double as actual shelters (they are built like tanks and are a safe place to camp out in bad weather)
  • RA’s are CPR certified and receive ongoing training on dealing with mediation, confrontation, and crisis situations. This includes (but is not limited to) Clery Act/CSA** training and emergency response training.

In addition to actual processes, training, and physical methods of maintaining the security of our campus, our student body, faculty, staff, and administration increase our campus safety themselves simply by their influence in everyday campus life.

  • Student Leaders receive ongoing personal leadership training. This builds a network of spiritually-minded individuals who look out for the well-being of their fellow classmates.
  • Our 12:1 student/faculty ratio promotes a family atmosphere. This allows for individual mentorship to happen naturally.
  • Our close-knit student body means students know each other and any unusual or suspicious behavior is easily spotted.
  • Weekly chapels where the entire student body gathers together emphasize spiritual growth and maturity – this alone encourages a high moral standard.

We are thankful to have a team of faculty and staff who care about the physical and spiritual well-being of our students.  This level of concern makes an undeniable impact on the overall environment of our campus.


*TBC completes and submits an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report to the Department of Education as mandated by the Clery Act.  The reporting is done in conjunction with the JSO.  To view the most recent copy of the safety report, click here.

**Campus Security Authority

6 ways to help your brain this winter break


Winter break is upon us!  You are probably holding your breath for that glorious moment when you turn in our last exam!  Finally, you can sleep in without missing your first class or paying for it in a low grade!

First up on your to-do list: catch up on sleep and binge-watch your favorite TV shows.

Sounds like the PERFECT winter break routine.

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You don’t know what you don’t know (Or: Why taking “that class” is a good idea)

56206868_9ea35e3694_zIt seems inevitable.  At some point in your college career you will find yourself taking a course that seems disconnected to your major.  You may begin to question the decision-makers who determined that this should be a required course in your program of study.  When mid-terms roll around, your patience can start to wear thin. Continue reading

Decoding Financial Aid


As you begin the process of applying to college, you will notice that college and university financial offices tend to have a vocabulary all their own.  Don’t panic!  It is completely normal and to be expected, so don’t be intimidated and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for clarification if at any point you feel confused. 

Acronyms in particular tend to be intimidating.  Seeing a string of capital letters popping out at you from the page can make you wonder if you’re actually reading English!  Don’t let it shake you!  Very often, once you know what words the letters represent, the meaning becomes clear without any further explanation.  Think of them as the text abbreviations of the financial aid world.  Most young people recognize acronyms like LOL, TBT, TBH, etc., because these are used often in everyday messaging.  If you take the time to familiarize yourself with a few basic financial acronyms, the mystery of it all will disappear and you’ll feel much more confident when it comes time to discuss your options with your school’s financial advisor.

Three very common acronyms that are used when discussing the financial side of college life are FAFSA, COA, and EFC.  You may have already come across these since they are frequently mentioned during the admission process.


FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid

This is a form that enables you to determine how much financial aid you can receive from the federal government*.  The form can be completed entirely online from the comfort of your own home by visiting or you can check out their app: myStudentAid. You will need to have some documents handy in order to complete this form – go ahead and view the list here so you know what to expect.

(By the way, any NEW student at TBC who completes and submits their FAFSA by November 1, 2018 is eligible for a $500 scholarship!  If this applies to you – don’t miss out!)


COA = Cost of Attendance

Your cost of attendance includes direct education expenses (tuition, fees, etc.) at your college of choice plus estimates for indirect expenses associated with your college education.  Financial aid offices develop COAs by student classification: campus resident students, commuter students, etc.  All students in a certain classification will have the same COA.

Typically, your COA will include:

  • Tuition
  • Miscellaneous fees (registration fee, graduation fee, etc.)
  • Meal plans/food
  • Housing costs
  • Textbooks
  • School supplies (computer, printer, materials for projects, etc)
  • Transportation


EFC = Expected Family Contribution

The EFC is a measure of how much the student and his or her family can be expected to contribute toward the student’s COA for a given academic year. Each school’s financial aid office uses your EFC to determine how much financial aid you would receive if you were to attend their school.  Your Federal Student Aid eligibility should be the same at all schools.

If you would like to dig a little deeper into how your EFC is calculated, you can learn more here:

We hope this helps as you move forward in your college search and application adventure.  We wish you all the best!  Please do not hesitate to contact us at Trinity Baptist College if you have any questions we can help answer.  You can email us at or call us at 904-596-2451.


*and under which category your eligibility falls: need-based or non-need-based.

What does a budget do? {Or: How to eat churros instead of gas money.}


Budgeting.  What emotion do you associate with that word?  Boredom?  Fear?  Stress?

It should make you feel secure.  In control.  Confident, even.

There is a misconception floating around that budgets are restrictive.  That they zap all the joy out of life and limit your dreams.  That they make you give up your churro addiction. Continue reading