The Foundation for College Christian Leaders, formerly known as The Eckmann Foundation, was formed in 1988 as a California non-profit corporation. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist Christian individuals with identified leadership history, high academic achievement and financial need with academic, vocational, and ministry training to further the kingdom of Jesus Christ. The following are the minimum guidelines that must be met before a candidate will be considered for scholarship:
  1. Christian testimony, and verifiable Christian leadership.
  2. Entering undergraduate studies, or currently attempting to attain a degree. (Occasionally we assist graduate level students who meet all other criteria).
  3. 3.0 G.P.A. or better.
  4. Financial need. Combined income of parents and student is below $75,000. Foundation students' natural and step parent's incomes are included in that income ceiling.
  5. Primary residence or attending college must be in California, Oregon, or Washington.
(Please note, Guideline #5 is due in part to a decline in our investment portfolio and also a desire on the part of the Board to interview applicants and to have more personal contact with recipients.)

Please see the Application and printed instructions for complete guidelines


Application process includes copies of all tax returns for the past two years from parents, step-parents and student. Awards are made in July of each year for the school year starting the next Fall. Applications are revised annually and are available in March. Kindly do not inquire or request an application before February 1st. A deadline, usually mid-to-late May, applies and is clearly specified on the application. If you believe you meet the above qualifications, you may request an application by e-mail or by regular mail. Kindly enclose a self- addressed, stamped return envelope.