The King’s University is excited to introduce the William Joseph Seymour Scholarship. This scholarship exists to carry the legacy of Spirit-empowered diversity in love and to honor and support people of color—especially Black/African American students—through the opportunity of higher education. Named after Rev. William Joseph Seymour, this scholarship celebrates his legacy and influence on our university today.
The Leadership of William Seymour
Rev. William J. Seymour (1870-1922) was born to former slaves in Louisiana. Raised as a Baptist, he eventually became an ordained minister. After hearing the message of the emerging Pentecostal movement in the racially segregated American South, in 1906 Seymour responded to a call to minister in Los Angeles, California. Seymour and a group of believers began meeting in a small house on Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles. There an outpouring of the Spirit began which attracted so many people they had to relocate to what would become the world-famous Azusa Street Mission. This great outpouring was the impetus for what became the global Pentecostal movement. Seymour pastored a congregation where people of different races would worship and pray together, in spite of criticism from both secular and religious sources for the mixing of races under the leadership of an African American pastor and an interracial group of elders.
This movement, catalyzed by the events that took place at the Azusa Street Mission under Seymour’s leadership, would sweep across the world affecting nearly every branch of Christianity and every ethnicity of the human race. Within one hundred years, the movement would claim nearly 600,000,000 adherents. We recognize that The King’s University is an heir of that legacy. Our founder, Pastor Jack Hayford, served for many years as part of the Foursquare Church which traces its lineage to the outpouring in Los Angeles.
There are four scholarships of $2,500 each. Two scholarships for new students (undergraduate or graduate) and two scholarships for returning students (undergraduate or graduate).
- New students: Complete and submit your application to The King’s University and turn in all required documents (e.g. transcripts, test scores, etc.)
- New and returning students: Complete and submit application for the William Joseph Seymour scholarship by the deadline posted on the scholarship website.
- New incoming Freshman or new incoming graduate students: Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above and/or cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Returning students: Applicants must be in good standing with TKU and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.