Morrison-Novakovic Faith and Public Policy Scholarship

Davis & Elkins College announces a competitive scholarship opportunity for students with a passion for ‘BIG IDEAS.’ The newly created Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy at Davis & Elkins College seeks to foster discussion and engagement concerning the role of faith, public policy, ethics and sustainability in our increasingly interdependent world. The Center will host annual conferences, provide a residential-theme house and offer service to the campus and community through faith-based engagement with the world.

Up to four renewable scholarships worth $40,000 ($10,000-per-year) will be awarded for accepted students who best meet the criteria established for the competition. This new scholarship program is in addition to all other grants and scholarships. Students are free to major in any academic discipline.

The Morrison-Novakovic Faith and Public Policy Scholarship program is open to Christians of all denominations, qualified individuals affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations are particularly encouraged to apply.


Mission Statement

The Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy seeks to promote the common good by empowering students to engage, challenge and enhance structures and conditions which lead to the flourishing of all people.

Through multidisciplinary academic research, engaged teaching, events, publications and other initiatives the Center seeks to:

  • Provide a public forum for engaging issues where faith and public policy intersect.
  • Prepare students to be global citizens in conversation with diverse ethical and faith systems.
  • Generate thoughtful solutions for complex political and social problems - local, national and global.
  • Engage in partnership with local communities through service projects.


Application Requirements

Criteria established for the competition include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Evidence of strong scholarship;
  • Respect and concern for the role and impact of faith traditions on our interdependent world;
  • Evidence of activities focusing on faith, ethics, public policy, sustainability and service; and
  • Evidence of deep interest in life’s ‘big questions,’ including philosophy, comparative religion, justice and environment.

The scholarship application requires that you:

  • Apply to Davis & Elkins College at (no application fee required).
  • Apply for the Morrison-Novakovic Faith and Public Policy Scholarship at, which includes:
    • Submitting a statement addressing specific issues related to the mission of the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy.
    • Providing a statement explaining how you anticipate actively engaging the Center, campus and community.
    • Sending letters of recommendation (two academic and one from clergy).
      • Letters should include specific information related to the criteria listed.
    • Providing other supportive evidence you believe strengthens your application.
    • An interview is required for selected candidates (online or in person).

Expectations for scholarship recipients include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintaining a high level of academic excellence.
  • Active involvement in the Morrison-Novakovic Center programs, including Center service projects.
  • Residence in the Morrison-Novakovic Center theme-house as an upperclass student.


Contact Information

For more information, call Dr. Bryan Wagoner, director of the Morrison-Novakovic Center, at 304-637-1351.