The Sam and Geneva Prestidge Endowment Fund was established by the Singing Men of Texas to honor Sam and Geneva Prestidge for the influence they both have had on church music within the Baptist denomination and the state of Texas.
Sam Prestidge served Texas Baptists as State Music Director from 1960-1994. He established the Singing Men of Texas in 1975 with six satellite groups, the Texas Baptist All-State Choir, All-State Band and All-State Strings. He established the Texas MusiConference in 1980 that averaged over 1,000 music leaders in attendance annually.
Geneva served as organist at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas for 30 years, and served as Handbell Director and Children’s Choir Coordinator. Geneva passed away in December of 2013.
Sam graduated from Baylor University and Geneva graduated from Hardin-Simmons University, both Texas Baptists institutions.
This fund is to be used to give financial assistance to a student preparing for full-time music and worship ministry at a Baptist university.
The scholarship will be presented annually in the amount of $1,000 to a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) who is preparing for full-time ministry in church music and worship. This scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books and fees. The applicant must be currently enrolled or will be enrolled in the next academic year at a Baptist university. First consideration will be given to applicants who will be attending a Texas Baptist University.
A recipient can receive the award more than once but must apply every year.
Applicants must be a member of a Texas Baptists Church. To determine if your church is a Texas Baptists cooperating church, check texasbaptists.org/churches.
The deadline for applications this year will be January 15, 2021.
Applications will be reviewed by a Scholarship Review Committee made up of 3 members of the Singing Men of Texas. This Review Committee is to be selected by the Music & Worship Council of the Great Commission Team to serve a term of three years.
The applications sent to the Music & Worship Office will be immediately sent electronically to the Scholarship Review Committee. This Scholarship Review Committee will submit their recommendation for the recipient to the Music and Worship Department for the awarding of the scholarship. The recipient should be notified this year by March 15, 2021 by a member of the Scholarship Review Committee.
The scholarship will be disbursed directly to the school’s financial aid office in August.
The Fund will be administered through the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation and the Baptist Foundation of Texas.