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Louisville Seminary featured in latest issue of InTrust magazine

Jul 20, 2015

The Great Experiment: Louisville Seminary launches tuition-free master's programs

By Jay Blossom and
Holly G. MIller

In 2010, when Michael Jinkins arrived as the new president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the school’s trustees wasted no time in giving him a challenging assignment. At their first meeting after his arrival, the board asked Jinkins to begin drafting a ten-year strategic plan that would be concrete yet visionary, would engage the entire campus, and would have a positive impact on the church at large. They wanted the plan to answer a key question: How can our seminary better serve the church?

In short, it was a tall order.

The document that emerged — called “Covenant for the Future” — was unveiled in 2011, but its centerpiece initiative will unfold this September when all students pursuing master’s degrees at Louisville Seminary, regardless of denominational affiliation, will begin receiving full-tuition scholarships. By 2021, the school plans to cover students’ living expenses as well.

In Trust recently asked Jinkins to explain how the plan took shape, what it will cost to sustain it, and his advice to schools that would like to follow Louisville Seminary’s lead.

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