ODCS Annual Fund
A Christian education is an investment. A quality Christian educational experience unlocks the potential in every child. You, and they, will reap the benefits. For these reasons, we ask for your prayers and financial help.
As you may know, Open Door Christian School strives to keep tuition at a rate families of all income levels can afford. Because of this, we need sources of income other than tuition to improve our school by purchasing additional curriculum and teaching aids; add supplementary programs; update and repair facilities as needed.
We ask you to do so again by including Open Door Christian School in your charitable giving throughout the year. Please make an investment in the future these young students represent.
Misti Ayers Scholarship Fund
History of Misti Ayers Scholarship Fund
Reverend Jimmy McNeil and his wife, Susan, started The Misti Lynn Ayers Scholarship Fund in 1996. The goal of the fund is to provide assistance with monthly tuition for students who would otherwise be unable to attend Open Door Christian School.
Misti Lynn was born in Arlington, Texas on November 2, 1971 and is the daughter of Sid & Vicki Palmour of Graham, TX. Although Misti lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and Germany, she attained her primary education in Graham. Misti was an active member of Oak Street Baptist Church while she lived in Graham. She graduated seventh in her class from Graham High School in 1990 and attended Texas Tech University graduating cum laude with an engineering degree in 1994. Misti was pursuing her Master’s Degree and working for the Motorola Cooperation in Austin when she died in an automobile accident on August 4, 1995. Now she is with God in Heaven.
Misti sought always to live for Christ and whatever she did, she worked at it with all her heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Col. 3:23). Although Misti was only 23 years old when she died, her memory remains alive with this scholarship fund.
Overview of Financial Aid
While the responsibility for financing a child’s Christian education lies solely with the child’s family, we recognize a Christian education is a major investment and one which often stretches a family’s resources. Affording a quality Christian education does take some planning, and most families employ several strategies to keep the costs within reach and finance a child’s education to the extent that it is able. Open Door Christian School (ODCS) offers scholarships for families who are in need of financial assistance.
ODCS rarely gives a full scholarship. Scholarships are granted to families who demonstrate financial need under the guidelines of the school. The Misti Ayers Scholarship Fund is designed to bridge the gap between tuition costs and what a family can reasonably contribute toward their child’s education.
The resources are limited. Application for financial aid will be considered based upon need and on the standards set forth by the School Board. All scholarships will be directly applied to student accounts. No families will receive money in hand for scholarships.
Families receiving financial aid are required to give back to the school by volunteering 10 hours of their time to the school per child. Hours must be completed in preparation for, during, or cleaning up from various fund raisers. If a family does receive a scholarship, they will need to contact the administration to find out how they can volunteer.
If a family does receive financial aid, they are responsible to pay in a timely manner the amount of tuition they are responsible for. Failure to meet this responsibility will result in aid being discontinued. Students who receive aid must remain in good standing academically, behaviorally, and spiritually in order for the aid to continue. Aid is not automatic from year to year and must be applied for each year.
It is our desire to make funds available to as many families as possible. However, funds are limited and awarded on a first-come basis and on the standards set forth by the School Board.
If you have any questions or need assistance concerning the Financial Aid Application, please contact the school office at (940) 549-2339.