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A newly launched initiative to spark Mennonite service and simultaneously support Mennonite higher education has just reported a successful first year.
The Scholarship for Anabaptist Servants is for alumni of one-year Mennonite service programs who begin studies at Anabaptist Mennonite undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs. The scholarship, a one-time $2,000 grant available to all eligible participants, was issued to seven service alumni who are now studying at Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Goshen (Indiana) College and Hesston (Kansas) College.
The grant funds are usually matched by the Mennonite college or university. This year, the schools issued $11,250 worth of matching aid to complement the $14,000 awarded by the fund. The fund aims to reinforce the connection between Anabaptist service and Anabaptist education in order to strengthen the church and is administered by the Mennonite Education Association. The scholarship is currently available to alumni of Mennonite Mission Network service programs.
In its second year, the scholarship will continue to offer single year $2,000 scholarships for Mennonite schools, and will also offer expanded and renewable grants for seminary participants. Recognizing the invaluable role of church service programs in nurturing Mennonite pastors, mission workers and church leaders, the scholarship seeks to broaden the availability of seminary for service alumni. Further donors are sought in hopes that the scholarship will be able to provide larger grants in the future and serve alumni of more programs.
Questions and potential applications may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Students during Hesston (Kansas) College’s opening week activities. Photo by Larry Bartel.
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