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MK Scholarships

The application process for the 2019-2020 year is open! It will close on May 1st, 2019.

Any Assemblies of God Missionary Kid having served on the field a minimum of four years is eligible to apply for the various ISMK scholarships. Only one application is necessary. Once applied for, each MK will be considered for every scholarship available through ISMK. The applicant is required to write a paper of no more than five (5) pages on the topic “How growing up as a MK influenced my career choice.” Be sure you read through the application information thoroughly.

Any Assemblies of God Missionary Kid having served on the field a minimum of four years is eligible to apply for the various ISMK scholarships. Only one application is necessary. You may reapply annually with the same or new essay. Once applied for, each MK will be considered for every scholarship available through ISMK. Each MK is eligible to receive a maximum of ONE scholarship from ISMK.

1.Fill out an MK application form, available through ISMK or through the website and send it in. All applications need to be received prior to May 1st.

2.Write an essay of no more than five (5) pages on the topic “How growing up as an MK influenced my career choice” and email it to B. Skipper at

3.The Dean of MK Education will send the essays to the members of the ISMK Advisory Committee. Please do not use your or your family members’ names in your essay as the identities of the MK applicants will be withheld from committee members.

4.The members of the Advisory Committee will receive each of the required essays and will rate the essays with a point system. The points will be from one to twenty. The top essay will receive twenty points. They will only award points to the top twenty essays. The essays receiving the most points will be awarded the scholarships.

5.The members of the advisory committee will send the essay scores back to the Dean of MK Education no later than August 1st.

6.The Dean of MK Education will award the scholarships to the MK(s) with the highest points.

The essays will be graded on specific criteria:

1.Clarity of thought

2.Understanding of how a specific culture or MK Identity influenced a career decision

3.Ability to communicate clearly how the past is affecting their future

4.Clear thesis


You can send any questions regarding the application process to B. Skipper at

The MK Regional Scholarship was created through donations from the Regional Offices. Each Regional Office has a desire to invest in MKs from their region. They have all committed to a $1,000 scholarship to a MK from their region each year. One MK from each region will be awarded a scholarship. The regional scholarship is for MKs whose parents are current Assemblies of God World Missions missionaries in that region. Should no MK apply from that region, the funds will NOT be transferred to a MK from a different region.

The MK General Scholarship was created through donations by churches and individuals. Special thanks to Brother John Bueno and Randy Hurst for their work in making this scholarship available. We are continuing to raise funds for this scholarship.  If you would like to donate contact the ISMK.

The MK Memorial Scholarship is for missionary kids who are studying in the area of public service. This would include military, law enforcement, humanitarian, public service, social work, education, counseling majors, or similar fields of study. Any Assemblies of God Missionary Kid who has lived overseas a minimum of four years may apply for the scholarship. This Scholarship has been made possible through contributions to the JJ Smeya and Phil Billings Memorial fund.

Born at a modest clinic in San Salvador, El Salvador, Justin Jon Smeya, “J.J.”, first visited the U.S.A. at age three, speaking more Spanish than English. His education through seventh grade was in Latin America except for one year in the states while his parents itinerated. J.J. did his eighth-grade studies in Springfield, Missouri at Pleasant View Elementary, while his parents fulfilled a one-year stateside assignment. At that point J.J. had lived more than 11 of his 13 years in El Salvador and Honduras. J.J. worked through rigid academic, athletic and medical testing, and was nominated for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point by U.S. Senator Peter Deutsch. He graduated from the Academy in 1998, with a degree in Systems Engineering and the rank of First Lieutenant. Shortly before his tragic car accident, “El Capitán” had been promoted to the literal rank of Captain by the U.S. Army.

Philip Billings was born in La Paz, Bolivia, on July 28, 1977. He grew up in Bolivia where he joined an older sister, Pam and older brother, Jim Jr. He lived there with his missionary parents, Jim & Thelma Billings until his graduation from high school. He graduated from Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center and then moved to the United States where he attended Bethany College in Santa Cruz, California. In 1998 Philip continued his college education at Palm Beach Atlantic College in Florida and worked at a shelter for runaways and abused children. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he moved to Salem, Oregon, where he worked with troubled and abused adolescents for the Salem Juvenile Detention Hall. In 2001, Philip joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and five months later, graduated from the 208th Police Academy. On April 6, 2003, Deputy Billings was working when he was shot and killed. Phil and JJ were both highly involved in ministry to MKs. They volunteered on MK Task Forces and ministered during the summer MK programs. Their involvement enriched many lives. It is in memory of these two outstanding Missionary Kids that we are able to offer this scholarship and because of them the other scholarships were formed. We are still trying to raise enough money to have this scholarship fully endowed.

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Amount: $1000
Sponsor: Commission Creative

About The Scholarship

The MK Alumni Visual Communications Scholarship is for missionary kids who are studying in the area of visual communications. Qualifying fields of study include:

-Graphic Design

-Digital Media

-Mass Media (Film)

This scholarship is made possible through contributions from Commission Creative a design team for missionaries founded in 2003 by MKs Jason Nill (Costa Rica, Spain, and Ecuador) and Aaron Van Gorp (Belgium). The company provides custom missionary prayer cards and fundraising materials that will impress supporters and fit within their budget.

To Apply:

1.Follow the instructions on submitting an application and essay above.

2.Submit a project that you have worked on that relates to your major or field of study, along with a brief description. A pdf or link to view the work can be submitted to along with your essay.

The Story of Commission Creative

AaronAaron was born and raised in the midwest. He grew up in northwest Indiana for most of his childhood. At the age of 12, his parents became missionaries. In 1994, they moved to Belgium. His dad worked with International Media Ministries and his mom taught at an international Christian school. He attended St. John’s International School in Waterloo, Belgium from 8th grade to 12th grade. Aaron was a 3-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, and baseball. He created the first website for the schools’ Athletics department during his time at St. John’s and also worked on the Yearbook staff. In 1999, Aaron returned to the US to attend Evangel University, in Springfield, Missouri. In 2003 he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and began working at Global University.

At Global University in Springfield, Missouri is where Aaron and Jason joined forces to start a company that would help missionaries raise support and communicate more effectively. In 2003 Missions Linked began and they started designing prayer cards and other materials for missionaries. In 2004, they started Prodigy Pixel, a web and print design studio that servers organizations. Currently, Aaron serves as Managing Director of Commission Creative and Prodigy Pixel.

The MK Alumni SEU Scholarship is made possible through an anonymous donation from two MK alumni graduates of Southeastern University. To be eligible for this scholarship, the MK must be enrolled as a full-time student at SEU for the upcoming school year.  To apply follow the above instructions submitting an application and essay.