Ascending Lights Leadership Network
Application Instructions


Contact Info:

Communication is fundamental to every aspect of the Ascending Lights program.  Please include as much current contact information as possible.

Question 1

Ascending Lights’ website at includes valuable background information about the program and requirements.  A short video gives a good overview of who we are and what we do.

Questions 2 & 3

These answers help us to decide on the best questions to ask when interviewing the applicant and parents.

Question 4

Ascending Lights seeks candidates who are serving as Christian leaders in their churches, and who have the potential to become more effective leaders in the future. Candidates need to have served in their churches for a minimum of one year.  Their service activity must be in addition to their time attending regular Sunday worship.

Question 5: 

Successful candidates have at least 1-year of leadership in Christian service in their churches.  Please include any additional information which would be helpful to our understanding your candidate’s application.

Question 6: 

Ascending Lights has developed goals for participants in the areas of academics, spirituality, life skills, and leadership.  Please comment on your candidate’s potential strengths and weaknesses in each of these four areas and include any information which would be helpful to our understanding of your candidate’s current situation.  (You may need to have a conversation with the candidate in order to complete the four areas of this question)

Question 7: 

Participants in Ascending Lights often face non-academic challenges to completing community college and our program.  These challenges often come from family, social, medical or their work situations.

Question 8: 

Please give us your overall assessment of your candidate’s motivation and the likelihood they will complete community college and our program.

Question 9: 

Ascending Lights seeks candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card).  Please attach a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, or passport, or Green Card.  At this time, we are unable to accept any DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) candidates.

Question 10:

Ascending Lights awards scholarship to candidates who have graduated from high school.  When considering a candidate, it is helpful to know as much as we can about their historical academic performance.  Proof of graduation is required in order to begin receiving benefits.

Question 11: 

Financial need is established by comparing the total of parent(s) and candidates incomes with the qualifying criteria:

  • Living independently and receiving TANF, SSI, or General Relief; or 
  • Living with parents receiving TANF, SSI, or General Relief; or 
  • Having total household annual income in following ranges:
    • Single person living independently $26,730
    • 2 Person family $36,045
    • 3 Person family $45,360
    • 4 Person family $54,675                                                                                        
      (Add $9,360 for each additional family member)

      Exceptions to these criteria are possible on a case-by-case basis.

Question 12:

In order for a candidate to be considered for a scholarship with Ascending Lights, all students (including seniors in high school) must complete a FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Candidates are required to submit to us a copy of the FAFSA Confirmation page in order to begin receiving scholarship benefits.

Question 13:

The Ascending Lights leadership development program requires a minimum of two years to complete.   Our funding sources expect that our students will be with us long enough to successfully complete our curriculum.

Question 14:

Ascending Lights is not able to accept full-time church employees, or relatives of present or former students, pastors, or of full-time church employees. 


Still have questions?

Contact Executive Director Anne Lobsinger:
323-356-0689 •