476 History of Wake Forest College
few years appear in the minutes of April 19. 1877, and are given in
Financially, the applicant must be in actual need of aid. Religiously,
he was required to bring from his church a license to preach. In later
years, beginning with January, 1908, he was required, when possible,
to bring certificate of approval from the executive committee of his
association, since it was felt that in some instances churches were too
hasty in giving licenses. On his arrival the applicant came before the
Board for examination on his religious experience, call to the ministry
and views of Biblical doctrines. For many years the examinations
were before the full Board, but as early as 1882 the part of the
examination on doctrine was referred to a committee and gradually, at
times. the examination on the other points also, and on September 6.
1889, the rule requiring applicants to appear before the whole Board
was discontinued and examinations were made the duty of a
As to the scholastic preparations of those admitted, the Board was
very liberal. Until the close of the century, and in fact, until the
enforcement of the rules on entrance requirements some years later,
many of the applicants for aid were deficient in their preparation.
When it was evident that these would not be able to do the work of
the courses offered in the College, they were advised to attend an
academy to complete their
In November, 1890, the
Board voted to give preference to those applicants for aid who were
prepared for college.
Gradually the Board adopted certain regulations to which they
expected beneficiaries to conform, which after ten years they
applicant for aid is required:
To make to the Board a written statement of his circumstances, showing in
general terms how much property his parents own, how much he has in his own
right, and what he is likely to inherit from other sources.
"2. To present to the Board a license or certificate showing that he is approved by
"3. To relate his Christian experience and to give his reasons for thinking he is
called of God to the work of the ministry.
"4. To give his views of the doctrines of the Bible."
Minutes of the Board, Jan. 25, 1876; September 4, 1901.