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The Telios Law Scholarships

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Scholarship Introduction

Telios Law PLLC is pleased to announce the creation of two merit-based scholarship opportunities, one for third-culture missionary kids and one for Colorado residents, for use at a Christian college for up to four years. Please tell your organization’s families about these opportunities!

Five years after the founding of Telios Law in 2012, the Telios Law Scholarships were established to encourage the next generation to live a whole or complete life. The Greek word telios means “complete, perfect, or whole.” We approach legal services by considering how we can bring wholeness, completeness, or maturity to ministries, businesses, and individuals, and that vision translates beyond the practice of law.

Both scholarships draw upon the experiences of Telios Law’s founder and owner, Theresa Sidebotham. Theresa grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia and is a mother to four missionary kids, but also finished raising her sons, attended law school, and founded Telios Law in Colorado. Her personal experience attending a Christian college was formative and inspiring. 

The Telios Law Sojourner Scholarship

The Telios Law Sojourner Scholarship application (available here) is open to any high school student or recent high school graduate who has spent three or more years of his or her life as a third-culture missionary kid and will be enrolled full-time for the 2018-2019 school year as a freshman or sophomore at a college or university that has an emphasis on spiritual formation in the Christian faith. 

A sojourner lives between cultures, and this is often the experience of a third-culture missionary kid. For MKs, a key to transitioning back “home” is figuring out how to flourish in a new culture. Behind this struggle is the desire put into pop culture terms by singer and songwriter Adele, who wrote, “But I want to live / And not just survive.” We all have a longing for what ancient Greek philosophers called eudaimonia, which roughly translates to “happiness, welfare, or human flourishing.” Telios Law believes that we as humans were made to flourish, and we want to contribute to that flourishing, not only through doing our legal work well, but by helping MKs in particular pursue their flourishing as they transition back.

The Telios Law Excelsior Scholarship

The Telios Law Excelsior Scholarship application (available here) is open to any high school student or recent high school graduate who is a Colorado resident and will be enrolled full-time for the 2018-2019 school year as a freshman or sophomore at a college or university that has an emphasis on spiritual formation in the Christian faith.

Excelsior is a Latin word meaning “ever higher.” It evokes the pursuit of excellence (think of the inspiring passages of Philippians 3:1-16 and 4:8) and is particularly fitting given the mountain regions of Colorado. Whether it be climbing a Fourteener, studying a 500-page treatise, writing a novel, creating a work of art, performing at a recital, or leading a team to victory, the desire to climb higher, think deeper, run faster, write better, or improve any other laudable skill is summed up in the phrase “ever higher.” Telios Law believes that this desire to excel can be used as a gift to benefit and love those around us. Telios Law also believes that striving to excel simply and only for one’s own sake is vanity. We seek to excel in the work we do while also encouraging and supporting that attitude in others with the Telios Law Excelsior Scholarship.

 The Application

Only complete applications will be accepted. Those who wish to apply may e-mail their complete application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) or mail it to P.O. Box 3488 Monument, CO 80132. Applications must be sent (electronically or postmarked) prior to midnight according to the applicant’s local time zone on January 15, 2018. 

To ensure that your application is complete, please make sure that you submit the following materials:

a. The completed application form

b. An unofficial academic transcript 

c. An addendum or addenda (optional)

d. An essay not to exceed 1,000 words authored by yourself and not significantly edited by anyone else, responding to the following prompt:

The Greek word telios defines successful results in terms of being complete, whole, or mature. What does this mean to you? How have you demonstrated this in your life? Please draw upon significant life experiences, academic learning, goals, your motivation for achieving those goals, and/or the stories of heroes you admire to answer this question.

Those who are eligible for both scholarships may apply for both but can only be selected for one. Those who choose to apply to both scholarships may submit the same essay for both applications.

Ranking Criteria

Both scholarships are merit-based, and applications will be evaluated based on the whole application. In addition, some preference will be given to applicants affiliated with clients of Telios Law. The scholarship committee reserves the right to determine who best satisfies these criteria. 

Award and Renewal Requirements

Each scholarship will be awarded by Telios Law to one recipient, who will be notified of such in March of 2018. The award will be disbursed for the 2018-2019 school year directly to the school.

The Telios Law Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient maintains eligibility. In order to do so, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at a college or university that has an emphasis on spiritual formation in the Christian faith
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA each semester—exceptions to this requirement will be considered based on the recipient’s school and major but are by no means guaranteed
  • Be a student otherwise in good standing with the attended higher education institution

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