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Home Mission Foundation Awards 2017 Scholarship Recipients

John Fisher, President, of the Home Mission Foundation announced the awarding of the Mary Ona Wolf and Home Mission Foundation Seminarian Scholarships for 2017. Checks totaling $76,000 were mailed to the recipients on December 6th. The scholarships provide funding for the training and education of new pastors for the church.

Phil Bostian, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, describes the program, “The Scholarship Fund receives large amounts annually with individual amounts being distributed to many seminarians each year. Scholarships are supported by two Home Mission Foundation Funds; the Mary Ona Wolf Scholarship Fund and the Home Mission Fund.

“The Mary Ona Wolf Scholarship Fund was created by Ms. Mary Ona Wolf for the education and training of pastors for the NC and SC Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her estate provided over a half million dollars to form the corpus of the fund whose income provides support to seminarians from North and South Carolina seeking a Master of Divinity degree.

“The Fund provides financial support for each North and South Carolina Seminary Student and also recognizes achievement and merit through a First Year Merit Award, an Internship Award and an Award for all Newly-Ordained Pastors in the Synod.

The Home Mission Fund of the Home Mission Foundation provides additional support to seminarians from the North Carolina Synod seeking a Master of Divinity Degree. The Fund provides an equal amount to each of these students. The cost of an ELCA Seminary Education continues to rise each year. Men and women who receive the Call to Ministry should not be discouraged by the necessary cost of such education to achieve the goal that God has set before them. Seminarians are very thankful for this support which is expressed in the many thank-you notes received each year. The Home Mission Foundation remains firmly committed to Scholarship as one of its major programs.”