Donations to the Second Presbyterian Church Choral Scholars Program can be made by cash or by check to Second Presbyterian Church with “Choral Scholars Program” written in the memo line.

We were so glad to host (and sing with!) the 2018 Shawnee State University
​Choir & Chorale Spring Concert!

Second presbyterian church 


Contact John Huston ( or the Second Pres office ( for an application for the Choral Scholars Program. 

Second Presbyterian Church

Eighth & Waller Streets Portsmouth, OH 45662     740-353-4159

Download the Second Presbyterian Church Choral Scholars Program brochure for more details. 

Program Purpose
The purpose of the Second Presbyterian Church Choral Scholars Program is to mentor spiritually and to support financially a select group of Shawnee State University Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theater students in order to help spread God’s Word through music and fellowship.

The Details
Five $400 scholarships will be awarded at the end of each semester so long as students meet the requirements of the scholarship. An additional $25 will be added for each year the student continues to participate. 

The church needs to collect approximately $2200 per semester ($4400 per academic year) in order for this program to continue.

Recipients are expected to be active participants in the life of Second Pres, including the chancel choir. 

A Personal Note 

Now in its third year, we have expanded the Choral Scholars Program to five students who are active in the life of the church. (And we are so pleased to see that a couple of students who aren’t scholarship recipients are joining us on Sundays too!) We think this is a sign that God is up to something good here at Second Pres!

We are so grateful for your support of this program. Not only are you providing an important financial benefit to these students, but you also give them invaluable musical experiences beyond the classroom.   

Most importantly, you are helping to keep them close to the church, attending rehearsals and services, and in the fellowship and care of church members.

I deeply appreciate your support of this program. 

John Huston,
​Choral Scholars Program Creator

& Administrator 

The Inspiration
Second Pres member John Huston recalls the importance of the gift of music and how it kept him close to the church in his young adult days:

"As a college student, I was fortunate to find employment as a church musician. These opportunities provided not only a financial benefit but also presented different musical experiences and training for me, extending well beyond what one receives in a classroom. More importantly, these opportunities kept me close to the church, attending rehearsals and services and in the fellowship and care of church members." 

A love of and appreciation for excellent music is in the DNA of Second Pres. We recognize that we already have a proverbial foot in the door at Shawnee through church members who are also faculty members at the university, particularly in the Musical Theater department.

One of the results of our New Beginnings study in 2014 was a desire to find ways to reach out to our Shawnee State University community, particularly students. 

We already benefit from the gifts of current SSU students in our choir. This is our opportunity to offer them spiritual enrichment through fellowship and nurture as a part of our church.