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The George Goebel Scholarship Fund

Rev. Dr. George Goebel left an indelible mark on Christ Church Des Plaines during his tenure as pastor from 1919 to 1945. A true scholar, he dedicated his life to serving Christ with unwavering commitment and passion.

Nurtured by an academic environment at Elmhurst College (now University), Dr. Goebel’s intellectual depth enriched not only his own ministry but also the wider denomination through his various contributions.

Upon his well-deserved retirement in 1945, the congregation bestowed upon him Emeritus status in recognition of his exceptional service. Following his passing, the church established the George Goebel Scholarship Fund as a lasting tribute to his legacy of scholarship and dedication.

Who may apply?

This scholarship is open to current, active members* of Christ Church UCC pursuing higher education. While we hold a special place for those pursuing full-time Christian ministry, we believe all Christians can be witnesses for their faith in their chosen fields.

Therefore, applications are welcome from members seeking degrees at any accredited college, seminary, vocational school, or for post-graduate work. There is no restriction on applying beyond your first year of study; however, a new application must be submitted each year.

Ready to apply?

We offer three convenient ways to submit your application for the Scholarship Award:

  1. Online Application (Preferred): This is our quickest and most efficient method. Simply visit to get started.
  2. In-Person: Pick up a paper application form at the Church Office during regular business hours. Once completed, return the form to the Church Office by June 2 or sooner.
  3. Mail: Download a printable application form from our website and mail it to:

Christ Church UCC Attn: Scholarship Committee 1492 Henry Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016

Please note: While we accept mailed applications, online submission is preferred due to faster processing times. We encourage you to choose the method that best suits your needs. Good luck with your application!

*What does it mean to be a “current, participating member”? Regular attendance in church worship service, Christian Education, and known within the Christ Church UCC community at large are required. We also encourage participation in one or more of our many varied committees, activities, or organizations such as Ushers, Mission, Open & Affirming-WISE, Outreach, coffee hour serving, liturgist, live-streaming coordinator, audio technician, building, etc. 

We encourage you to submit your application electronically for faster processing. However, if you prefer a physical copy, you can print the application form by clicking the link below:

Download Scholarship Application