Graceland University and Community of Christ Spec

We love SPEC!

For decades, Graceland University has welcomed the Community of Christ Spectacular (SPEC) youth gathering to its Lamoni campus. SPEC gives high school students a taste of the Graceland experience and encourages the building of community, one of the university's key values.

What is SPEC?

The mission of SPECTACULAR is to create a safe, Christ-centered community that encourages young women and men to discover God, their inherent worth, and cultivate and express their giftedness. During SPECTACULAR, over 1,000 campers and their leaders gather at Graceland University for the largest annual gathering of youth in Community of Christ.

All campers have opportunities to participate in leadership and discipleship development, diverse worship, and expression of arts, music and sports.

During the week, campers share in all avenues of the SPEC experience: service projects, communication workshops, basketball, musical instruction, table tennis, stage production, worship, delegation devotions, volleyball, tie-dying, cotton candy, discussions about dating and relationships, learning more about our Creator, soccer and much, much more.

SPECTACULAR is sponsored by Community of Christ and is hosted at Graceland University.

SPEC Scholarships

Graceland will still offer scholarship opportunities to those who would have attended SPEC. To find out more click on the links below, or call your admissions counselor.

Wallace B. Smith was president of Graceland University’s sponsoring church, Community of Christ, from 1978 to 1996. The scholarships named in his honor go to young men and women who show the promise to make a significant contribution to the Graceland campus by modeling the university’s three core values: learning, wholeness, and community.

In addition to one $3000 scholarship, Graceland will give additional scholarships ranging from $1000 - $2500, renewable for up to four years, to those who have distinguished themselves within any of the university’s three core values. 

Winners will be announced the first week in August.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  1. Complete the application below and include a picture of yourself.
  2. Submit your Graceland University Application for Admission.
  3. Have your high school send your sixth semester transcript (high school transcript request form).
  4. Submit all materials by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.
  5. Attend the zoom reception on Monday, July 27 between 4-6 p.m. where applicants can meet their potential Graceland classmates and the selection committee.
  6. Interview in small groups with the selection committee via zoom on Wednesday, July 29.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT REQUIREMENTS

To provide increased opportunities for students to create and expand their community, service, and leadership on campus; scholarship recipients will be required to enroll and successfully complete RELG 1700/3700 Missional Ministry and Leadership Practicum each semester. The practicum is pass/fail and is available for either 0 or 1 credit each semester. For more information about the practicum, please contact Mike Hoffman, Campus Minister, at mhoffman@graceland.edu or 641.784.5466.

Upload, mail, email or fax all application materials to:

Admissions Office, Graceland University, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140, admissions@graceland.edu, 641.784.5480
Questions? Please contact the Admissions Office at: 866.472.2352 (866.GRACELAND) or 641.784.5196.
REMINDER: All materials must be in by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21

Wallace B. Smith Leadership, Arts and Sports Grant APPLICATION

The Spectacular “InSpire” Scholarship is intended for students who are passionate about the mission of Community of Christ and are committed to continuing that interest while pursuing their education at Graceland University. The Graceland community provides many opportunities to promote the important work of the church’s Mission Initiatives. The InSpire Scholarship is offered in order to encourage Community of Christ students to attend Graceland and pursue those opportunities. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, renewable for 4 years, are awarded on a competitive basis each year at Spectacular.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Students must be entering their senior year of high school.
  • Students must be a potential Spectacular participant.
  • Students must meet Graceland’s admission requirements.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All application materials must be received by Graceland’s Admissions Office no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.  Application materials may be uploaded, mailed, faxed to 641.784.5480,  or sent via email to admissions@graceland.edu.

Required Materials

Essay Review

A panel of judges will read the essays and select applicants to participate in an interview process. The essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Level of prior activities related to the Mission Initiatives
  • Depth of responses related to the Doctrine and Covenants 163:4C
  • Completeness of responses
  • The extent to which the essay is clear and well-focused
  • Demonstration of creativity

Applicant Interviews

Interviews via Zoom will be Thursday, July 30. Students will be selected by the judges for interviews. These interviews will be an opportunity for applicants to further discuss and explain their essays at a more personal level.

Selection of Scholarship Recipients.

The judges will select the scholarship recipients and they will be announced the first week of August.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT REQUIREMENTS

To provide increased opportunities for students to create and expand their community, service, and leadership on campus; scholarship recipients will be required to enroll and successfully complete RELG 1700/3700 Missional Ministry and Leadership Practicum each semester. The practicum is pass/fail and is available for either 0 or 1 credit each semester. For more information about the practicum, please contact Mike Hoffman, Campus Minister, at mhoffman@graceland.edu or 641.784.5466.

spectacular "Inspire" scholarship APPLICATION

For volleyball players entering their senior year. Video auditions accepted through Saturday, July 25 - contact Coach McDole (women) at mcdole@graceland.edu or Coach McKim (men) at cmckim1@graceland.edu for more information.

APPLY TODAY - You need to submit an application to Graceland to be eligible for all of these scholarships!