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.

Guidelines: The following are the items we consider when evaluating Applications:
  1. Christian testimony – the board is interested in hearing about your faith journey and how God is actively teaching and guiding you;
  2. Verifiable leadership activity including but not limited to: academic clubs and programs, athletic leadership, worship teams, church leadership positions, campus leadership positions, and mentor relationships;
  3. G.P.A. (recent, as well as cumulative);
  4. Financial need, expressed through FAFSA and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If you are unable to provide FAFSA documentation, please provide your parents’ tax returns (last two years).
Please, undergraduate students of regionally accredited colleges and universities only. We do not have capacity to consider graduate school applications.

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.