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$250,000 Scholarship to Support Louisville Seminary's MAMFT Program

Oct 26, 2016

Fully-endowed scholarship is latest among many to benefit Covenant Tuition Plan

The Betty Kilgore Gibbs Scholarship for Marriage and Family Therapy is the latest fully-endowed, full-tuition scholarship to be offered at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The $250,000 scholarship funding was received by Louisville Seminary on October 4, 2016, and will support students in the seminary’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program.

Betty Gibbs is the founder of the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The center is a faith-based nonprofit counseling center whose staff of counselors and therapists have both theological and counseling training. Gibbs’ husband, George, serves as chair of the center’s board of directors.

“Betty Kilgore Gibbs has long been committed to providing high-quality pastoral counseling in the Louisville community through the Kilgore Center,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “With this generous gift, she makes it possible for generations of therapists to receive the finest education and training possible to serve in our community and beyond.”

The Gibbs scholarship was received as part of Louisville Seminary’s Covenant for the Future capital campaign, the cornerstone of which provides 100 percent tuition assistance for all master’s-level students. In addition to the Gibbs scholarship, three other fully-endowed tuition scholarships were received during seminary’s capital campaign. They are the Ross C. Royce Endowed Scholarship, the Nancy S. and James Britt Davis Scholarship, and the Joan M. and William F. Edmonds Scholarship. The Rev. Arnold O. Schaap Presidential Scholarship was also established during the Covenant campaign. Louisville Seminary presidential scholarships cover tuition as well as fees, books and living expenses.

Many other contributions were made to the general scholarship fund, which made the Covenant for the Future tuition scholarship program possible. Students who do not receive a scholarship are eligible to receive a Covenant Tuition Grant, which covers the cost of tuition for the duration of the student’s time at Louisville Seminary. In an ongoing effort to relieve the burden of tuition debt as well as housing, the seminary has recently initiated several additional scholarship drives, which are currently open to be funded.

Louisville Seminary kicked off its Covenant for the Future capital campaign in 2011. In addition to endowing the tuition assistance program, goals of this plan include institutionalization of the seminary’s Doors to Dialogue (D2D) and Black Church Studies (BCS) programs, improvements to its information technology infrastructure, new student housing, and scholarship opportunities that include housing.

“We promised to liberate our students from tuition debt so they can go wherever God calls them,” said Jinkins. “Our graduates - the church’s newest ministers, counselors and chaplains - carry the hope for the future of our church and society. Our robust scholarship program helps us fulfill that promise.”

For more information about Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s scholarship opportunities, see www.lpts.edu/scholarships. Those who are interested in funding one of the newly initiated scholarship drives, can call Louisville Seminary’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (502) 992-9353 or email Sally Pendleton at spendleton@lpts.edu.
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