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Cade Chapel Nate Ruffin Scholarship Board will award scholarships to all eligible applicants that are selected whose application meet the requirements below and is submitted on or before 11:59pm on April 30, 2023. All required documentation must be included with the application.

Email applications questions to

Cade Chapel-Nate Ruffin 2023 Scholarship Criteria


  1. To be considered for the scholarship, you must be a graduating senior who meet one of the following:

    • You are graduating from Jackson Public Schools, or

    • You are a member at Cade Chapel M.B. Church, or

    • You are a resident of the Virden Addition Community.
      **Applicant must meet only one of the above criteria. **

  2. Submit an application with required documents and attach a recent appropriate photo (no snap shots).

  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

  4. Includes a copy of  high school transcript (including grades from first semester of senior year).
    **Note: If selected as a 2023 recipient, a copy of your final transcript will be required before scholarship funds are disbursed.


  5. Must include two (2) letters of recommendations. One letter MUST be from a high school teacher or Administrator/Principal. The second letter MUST be from a community leader, organization director/leader, or church member, with whom you are well known.

  6. A Narrative including the following headings and describing: (1) Why you should be awarded this scholarship, (2) Your Personal Motivation (What Motivates or drives you to be successful?), and (3) Your Future Ambitions or Plans. Use a separate paragraph for each topic, be specific in your descriptions.

  7. Attach a copy of the applicant’s most recent ACT/SAT and/or GED scores.

  8. Attach College Acceptance Letter from the college or university. Note: A letter of intent, pending completion of required classes, or Financial Aid documentation are not acceptable.

  9. The first half of the scholarship award will be presented to recipients at the Nate Ruffin Scholarship Gala. The second half of the award will be disbursed upon submission of Mid-term enrollment verification dated after November 1, 2023. This documentation should be emailed to The verification form should be submitted by November 30, 2023. The second half of the award will be distributed by December 15, 2023.


Incomplete application or documents received late will note be considered for an award. You may submit any questions regarding the application via email to

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