Scholarship Funds


All applications and required supporting documents are due by April 1, 2021.



Undergraduate Students Apply HERE

Graduate Students Apply HERE

Financial Aid Applicants ALSO Complete a Financial Declaration HERE



Frances McEwen Hunter Scholarship Application (pdf)

Elizabeth Caldwell Junker Scholarship Application (pdf)

James Lee Miller, Jr. Undergraduate Scholarship Application (pdf)

 Anne Tweed and Baxter Bigham Scholarship Application (pdf) 





The Elizabeth Caldwell Junker Scholarship was established in 1986 by Harrell Junker, Carolyn Irvin, Becky Griffin, George Junker, and Norman Junker in memory of their mother, Elizabeth. It has now been in existence for 35 years and has awarded more than 30 scholarships. Candidates are evaluated on their scholastic achievement, community service, and strength and determination of character. The scholarship is an annual award of $4,000.00 which is renewable annually for up to four years. The total value of the scholarship this year is $16,000.00. The recipient must maintain the criteria for the scholarship. The Junker Scholarship was the first endowment established at PPC. We currently have 3 active Junker scholars. Angela Martin who is a recent graduate of UNCC, Carly Szymanski who is a rising Senior at Appalachian State, Noah Santiago who is a rising Junior at UNC Chapel Hill, and Asha Mullis who is a rising Sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. 


The Anne Tweed and Baxter Bigham Scholarship was created in 2018 in memory of Anne and Baxter Bigham who were leaders in this church and the Mint Hill community. A kind, humble and perfect gentleman, Baxter Bigham was Elder Emeritus, teacher of the Harkey Bible Class for 34 years, member of the VFW Post 4059 and preached a few sermons. Shortly after his death in 1981, the Fellowship Hall was renamed the James Baxter Bigham Hall. A kind, sweet and energetic lady, Anne Tweed moved to Mint Hill from Madison County, NC and taught the fifth grade at Bain Elementary School for 34 years. Her positive influence on her many students is still remembered today. The purpose of this scholarship is to grant annually an undergraduate scholarship to a deserving member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church and/or a resident living within the legal corporate town limits of Mint Hill for study as a full-time student at an accredited college or university. The award is based upon scholarship, community involvement and strength and determination. We currently have two Bigham Scholars; Avery West who is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kaitlyn Szymanski who is attending Appalachian State University. 

 Christopher Andrews

We are thrilled to announce the recipient of both the Junker and Bigham Scholarships this year is Christopher Andrews. Chris is the son of David Andrews and Monique Wilke and the grandson of Susan and Dan Andrews. Christopher is an exceptional student with an eagerness and passion for learning far beyond his years. His academic coursework has been challenging all four years of high school, yet he has risen to the challenge of each class, never making below an A. He is mathematically minded and has been a peer tutor for his classmates. Chris talks about complicated math so casually and cool! This year, he completed a Covid-19 statistical study, watching trends develop in real time using a mathematical model he developed himself. He will continue the study of Statistics at the University of Chapel Hill in the Fall. In his essay, Chris wrote “I hope to become a modern-day explorer (using statistical data) and make discoveries that can solve problems and benefit society.” As impressive as Christopher is as a student, he is equally, if not more impressive as a person. Chris has been involved with the PPC Youth Group and PPC Basketball for many years. After falling out of touch with the church, he attended a pickup basketball game one evening on a whim. From then on, so many pieces of his life and faith have come through the relationships he has formed with leaders and peers. He is a natural born leader and has a heart for community betterment and deep relationships. Chris is an accomplished athlete, a creative problem solver, a passionate volunteer, a faithful leader, and an all-around exceptional person. He is a world changer, and we are so thrilled to watch him make a difference!