John Ward Award

Applications for the scholarship are due by May 15th and letters of recommendation are due by June 6th.


In 2017, in grateful recognition of John Ward’s 30th trip to Appalachia Service Project, Jesse Lee ASP established the John Ward “Love in Action” Award, a $1000 scholarship awarded to a college-bound youth who has demonstrated a commitment to serving others. 

Through his hard work and passionate dedication, John has shown that community service can make a difference. His love and concern has impacted countless lives in our church and town, along with those we serve in Appalachia. This award is intended to be an ongoing testimony to what we have witnessed as his love in action.

What does it take to receive the John Ward Award?

The individual who is awarded this scholarship will possess these qualities:

  • Demonstration of a commitment to serving others.
  • Integrity.
  • Respect for self, family, and others.

Who is eligible?

Applicants for this scholarship will:

  • have successfully completed at least one full trip with Jesse Lee ASP.
  • be a current high school senior who plans to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.

How can I apply?

Applications will be accepted online at and are due by May 15. Applicants must also obtain a letter of recommendation from a Jesse Lee ASP leader. Recommendations should also be submitted online and are due by June 6th.


Apply for the John Ward Award  |  Submit a Recommendation