IROQUOIS COUNTY, Ill. — The Barber Education Trust was established in 1975 in memory of Edwin J. Barber for the purpose of assisting with the cost of tuition and fees for those persons seeking to become full-time workers in Christ’s church, according to information from the trust. There is a minimum grant amount of $500 for each scholarship awarded.

In 46 years, 144 scholarship grants totaling nearly $61,877 have been awarded to those pursuing Christian service through full-time work in the church. Full-time work includes those pursuing ordained ministry, Christian Education, youth ministry or other specialized ministries within the church. This fund is designed to give preference to those persons who are from the Iroquois West School District, or who were raised in the boundaries of the Iroquois River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, of the United Methodist Church. Applicants are not required to be United Methodist, however, some preference will be given to those who are United Methodist.

Applications may be obtained by contacting the Barber Scholarship Committee at the Onarga United Methodist Church by email ( or U.S. mail. Applications are due May 31. Scholarship will be awarded by July 15.

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