Dr. Hal Warlick Scholars

Dr. Hal Warlick lived his life as an example of servant leadership -- and how one person could truly make a difference in the lives of those around him. He graduated from Furman University in 1964 on a football scholarship, where he began to realize his potential for using his passion to build communities of faith. After graduating from Harvard Divinity School in 1971, Dr. Warlick served communities in South Carolina, Texas, and Massachusetts, until ultimately finding his calling as dean of chapel at High Point University. Proof of Dr. Warlick's passion and love can be found in the 16 religious books he authored, but his more importantly can be seen in the lives of all the students he has helped and encouraged over the years.

After retiring, Dr. Warlick returned to his alma mater to support students who otherwise would not be able to attain higher education. He gathered a group of dedicated North Carolina neighbors in annual fundraising to support gap scholarships for Bridges students who have been accepted to four-year colleges yet have just enough gap in their financial aid to keep a degree out of reach. Each year, this scholarships is awarded to one to two college-bound Bridges students, renewable for up to four years. These students receive about $5,000 a year for their four years of study to help them turn their dreams into reality. This money makes the difference between a student going to college and making their bright future, or a student letting the cost of tuition keep them in the cycle of poverty. 

Warlick Scholars are selected annually by the Bridges Staff and the scholarship committee, based on student need, merit, and commitment. To continue to receive the scholarship, scholars must stay in good academic standing and keep a clean discipline record.

The generosity of Dr. Warlick, his family, and the entire scholarship team has helped many of our students focus on their studies and achieve greatness. 

Meet Some of our Hal Warlick Scholars


Jessica Kuria

Wofford College, Class of 2021

Double major: BA in Spanish and a BS in Biology, Premed

"Finances have always been a sensitive topic within my family and this scholarship helped relieve some stress and problems from myself and my family. I am beyond blessed to have been selected and thankful for everyone who made this scholarship available to students like me."

Read more about Jessica here.


Jaalin Scott

Graduated Randolph Macon, May 2019

Currently a Software Developer at AECOM in Richmond, VA

"Receiving the Warlick Scholarship changed a lot, and has continued to change a lot for me. That was $20k+ in additional student loans I don’t have to pay. That’s money towards a house I’ll be able to use now. Without it I don’t know what I would’ve done."

Read more about Jaalin here.


Khadeja Cohen

Presbyterian College, Class of 2016

Currently working at Prisma

"There were many sleepless nights due to not having enough to pay for tuition. But when I received a message from Bridges about your scholarship I just knew everything was going to be okay. This scholarship was definitely a blessing from God. It was one of the things that provided the support and confidence that I needed in order to graduate."

Read more about Khedaja here. 


Brittany Gilliland

Agnes Scott College, Class of 2018

Currently working at Emory University in Atlanta, GA

“The Hal Warlick scholarship was really the hallmark reason I was able to attend any college in the first place, second only to the support I got from Bridges. They took a chance on me and then supported me even further when I decided to transfer schools two years after I was initially awarded my scholarship. It's honestly one of the biggest blessings I've been given."

Read more about Brittany here.