COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College has
created a new scholarship to encourage the development of future
Beginning in fall 2013, the Wesley Scholars Church Leaders Program
will award two full scholarships a year to incoming freshmen who
are interested in pursuing a career in church leadership. The
scholarship will cover tuition, room and board.
Named in honor of Methodism's founder, John
Wesley, the purpose of the new scholarship program is to
"attract and educate future leaders of the church," said LWC Dean
of the Chapel Terry Swan.
In less than a decade, LWC's Christian ministries program has grown into
one of the top majors among the more than 100 United
Methodist-related colleges and universities in the United States,
Swan said. LWC was founded in 1903 by the Louisville Conference of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; it is now affiliated with
Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
In addition to a bachelor of arts in Christian ministries, LWC
offers a minor in Christian ministries.
"Our Christian ministries bachelor's program is already a national
model," said Swan, who developed the major.
LWC's Wesley Scholars Program is open to prospective students of
all faiths, Swan said.
"Most teenagers and young adults no longer think
denominationally," he said. "Lindsey Wilson has a history of true
ecumenism and the 'catholic spirit' John Wesley spoke of so
To apply for the scholarship, students must be active members of a
church, have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average
of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and letters of reference.
Students selected for the scholarship may choose any LWC major,
but they must also concurrently either double major or minor in
Christian ministries. Recipients of the scholarship will be
required to be involved in community-service initiatives and work
with the LWC chaplain's office.
"We think this program will be a great way to draw in the next,
exceptional generation of Christian leaders," Swan said.
To Apply ... To apply for the Wesley Scholarship Program, students
should: complete an application to Lindsey Wilson College and the
Wesley Scholars Program; complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid; submit letters of reference from a pastor and teacher;
and attend Wesley Scholars Day on March 23. For more information,
about the Wesley Scholarship, click here.