Hollis Musgrove Scholarship

Scholarship Overview

The Bishop Hollis Musgrove Scholarship objective is to award funds to deserving applicants who desire to further their education. Applicants should have demonstrated outstanding academic and professional abilities. Applicants must be a May 2024 high school graduate.


Scholarship Eligibility

  • Must be an active member of the Mississippi Southern First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ.
  • Applicants must be a May 2024 high school graduate.
  • Must complete and submit a scholarship application along with two (2) type-written letters of recommendation. One letter must be written by the applicant’s pastor; letters from family members will not be accepted.
  • Must provide a Personal Statement.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
  • Official Transcript required.
  • Must provide a letter of acceptance from a college, business, or vocational school.

Scholarship Amount


Quality of Written Personal Statement

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate excellent writing skills and can share clear academic goals.

Please submit at least a 500-word essay detailing why you consider yourself a good candidate for this scholarship.

Scholarship Awarded

The scholarship will be awarded during the Annual MSFEJ Holy Convocation held during the month of July.


Application deadline extended to 5 pm – Sunday, June 30, 2024. Applicants will be notified of the decision.

Bishop Hollis Musgrove


Bishop Musgrove governed his life by the motto “Being geared to the times, but being anchored to the Rock.” His tenure as Bishop was distinguished by his progressive style of leadership, which caused tremendous growth within the Jurisdiction. Under the leadership of Bishop Musgrove, Mississippi Southern First Jurisdiction became an active force in local and state communities. Consequently, several economic and community development programs were established to help serve individuals and families in surrounding neighborhoods. Additional programs were developed, including, but not limited to, student scholarships, college preparation, and professional development training, COGIC Meals on Wheels, single-family homes for the elderly, and medical assistance.

MSFEJ Leadership Accomplishments:

  • 136 functioning churches
  • Over 200 ordained Elders
  • 175 plus licensed Missionaries
  • 36 new edifices of worship were erected from the ground up
  • 30 churches were refurbished
  • Jurisdiction expansion from nine to 14 districts

Bishop Musgrove was actively involved in several community outreach projects and civic organizations throughout Mississippi, including the National Cancer Society, Stewpot Kitchen, Bethlehem Center, Flowers House, Sims House, Ronald McDonald House, and several local long-term nursing facilities. He was President of the Liberal Trinity Development Foundation, Inc., a lifetime member of the Oak Park Alumni Association, a member of the Ministerial Alliance of Jackson, the Board of Directors of Saints Academy in Lexington, and Mississippi Jackson State University Ministerial Group. In his honor, Bishop Musgrove was recognized by the City of Jackson in the renaming of Northside Drive from Watkins Drive to State Street as Bishop Hollis Musgrove Boulevard. He was also designated as Man of the Year and Bishop of the Year by the Church Of God In Christ, and Man of the Year by the City of Jackson, Mississippi.