Second presbyterian church 


The Inspiration
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 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.

A love of and appreciation for excellent music is in the DNA of Second Pres. And 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.

This is a new adventure we’re exploring, sensing maybe this is a new mission God is calling us to. So for now, we’re calling this a “pilot program,” as we test the waters of support from the congregation.

If our first year is successful and as students begin to graduate and spots open up, an application process will be developed to select new recipients for scholarship program in the 2017-2018 academic year. 

A personal note…

I’ve been thinking for a long time about how God has blessed me with many good things, especially through the gift of music: I have attended church my entire life and have always been involved in church music. 

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.

It is my hope that through this scholarship program, many other students will be blessed and nurtured in the same way I was.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I appreciate your support of this program. -

John Huston,

Scholarship Program Creator & Administrator 

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

We LOVE our Shawnee State University students! 

Program Purpose
The purpose of the Second Presbyterian Church Choral Scholarship 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
Four $400 scholarships will be awarded at the end of each semester so long as students meet the requirements of the scholarship.

The church needs to collect $1600 per semester ($3200 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. 

Second Presbyterian Church

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