Peters plans to graduate May 2016 from Franklin Academy in Wake Forest and attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL to pursue a degree in teaching English as a second language (TESL). She is the daughter of Chuck and Jennifer Peters, also of Youngsville. Her father serves as a CCA Chaplain Manager over the eastern North Carolina territory.
Upon announcing the recipient of the $2,500 grant, CCA’s CEO, Preston Parrish, shared that Peters is the second person to receive the organization’s “10:27” Scholarship which was established Spring 2015. Liberty University student, Hannah Underhill of Appomatox, VA, was the very first scholarship recipient. Parrish says the 10:27 scholarship “is intended to recognize demonstrated commitment to the Biblical truth of Luke 10:27, as well as to assist our chaplains in providing for the cost of their children’s higher education.”
In Luke 10:27, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
“Eliana’s activities and accomplishments – but most important, her commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ – particularly distinguished her for this award. We are delighted to be able to have a part in furthering her education and aspirations.”
Parrish explained that recipients are chosen by a committee, based on their Christian testimony, academic achievement, church and community involvement, extracurricular activities, vocational plans, personal references and an essay.
In her essay, Peters said, “I hope to serve Christ on the mission field through teaching English as a second language (TESL). I also dream of founding an organization that meets the basic needs of people in poverty stricken communities overseas…along with fighting for justice on their behalf. ”
The “10:27” Scholarship is open for applications by dependent children of full-time CCA chaplain managers and chaplains. Students must be US residents and citizens in their final year of high school or actively enrolled on a full-time basis and in good standing in an accredited community college or 4-year institution. Scholarships are one-time awards.