President Dean Thompson is pleased to announce that Louisville Seminary has received a generous gift in the amount of $300,000 from The Rogers Foundation of Great Falls, Va., to endow a Scholarship for Excellence.
In a letter received today, The Rogers Foundation Board of Directors said, “It is with great pleasure that the Rogers Foundation makes a donation to the Louisville Seminary to establish an open, non-restrictive Promise for Leadership in Ministry Scholarship for Excellence, titled The Rogers Foundation Scholarship for Excellence Endowment Fund. We feel sure that Bill (the late William F. Rogers Jr.) would have been very much in favor of such an endowment fund being established to honor his parents, The Rev. William F. Sr. and Emily Rogers.”
“This gift provides a rocket booster in continuing our strategic vision, which is committed to establishing more Scholarship for Excellence opportunities,” said Thompson.
A Promise for Leadership in Ministry Scholarship recognizes individuals who, by the merit of previous experience and performance in roles of leadership, demonstrate to their respective churches and church leaders strong promise for leadership in ministry. This is a significant component that distinguishes Louisville Seminary’s Scholarship for Excellence Program among other seminary scholarship programs.
“Where the church sees gifts and skills for ministry, Louisville Seminary is graced to partner in a unique way in providing a means for nurturing such promise,” Thompson added.
Earlier this past fall, the Board of Directors of The Rogers Foundation made the decision to liquidate the foundation’s assets following the death of Ethel Rogers, the wife of William F. Rogers Jr. The foundation, which in the past has supported educational endeavors, invited previously supported institutions to submit proposals that would honor the life and legacy of the Foundation and the Rogers family.
“By making a generous gift to Louisville Seminary, the Rogers Foundation is giving new life to the Rogers legacy in the form of a scholarship endowment and future pastoral leaders —pastors, chaplains, pastoral counselors, teachers, denominational and agency leaders—for an ever-changing, diverse world.
“As the Rogers Foundation Fund grows within the wise stewardship and management of our endowment, we look forward to the day when we can introduce the first Rogers Scholar. For now, the nature of this transformational gift allows us to live into the future in the hope that God is preparing, even now, the individual who is considering God’s call to a lifetime of servant leadership in ministry,” said Thompson.