The Samuel Williams Scholarship for Scholars of Color.
This full-tuition scholarship goes to a student of color who will enroll full time in the in-residence Master of Divinity program. The student must have a commitment to advance justice and reconciliation and be committed to ministry. The scholarship is named after Samuel Williams, one of the first two African-American graduates of WTS (1951) and the recipient of the distinguished alumnus award in 2000. Over a 39 year ministry spanning the Jim Crow South, urban poverty in California, rural Illinois, and the Dutch community of Holland, MI, Sam was a faithful, caring, courageous witness to the power of Christ to transform lives.
The Elsie Wen-Hua Shih Law Award for Excellence in Female Leadership.
This full-tuition scholarship goes to a female student who will enroll full time in the in-residence Master of Divinity program. The student must be dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in all areas of church and mission and be committed to ministry. The scholarship is named after Elsie Wen-Hua Shih Law, the first female student to graduate from Western Theological Seminary (1963). She was a gifted Christian teacher, academic dean, pastor’s spouse, dedicated RN, charge nurse, and the founding Director of Nursing Services for the award-winning Kin On, the nation’s first multilingual Chinese-American nursing home catering to the unique cultural and dietary needs of Asian elders.
The Boerigter Grant covers both tuition and living expenses for one year and is available for an in-residence M.Div. student. The recipient must feel called to be a pastor in the Reformed tradition. A student of color will receive priority. The grant is named after George Boerigter, a 1966 graduate of the seminary who spent several years as a pastor bringing his business savvy to ministry, and then went into business, bringing his ministerial skills to his work in the marketplace, most notably at his company, SoundOff Signal. George and his wife, Sibilla, are committed to the concept of lifelong ministry, whatever context in which they find themselves.
Apply by January 15, 2021 for full scholarship consideration
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