ETBU Announces Two New Endowed Scholarships for Studentsby Mike Midkiff
MARSHALL, Texas (12/07/12)- East Texas Baptist University announces the establishment of the Ross Avenue Baptist Church Endowed Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships. ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dr. Terry Clower, representing the Ross Avenue Baptist Church Foundation, signed the scholarship documents in the Office of the President on November 26, 2012.
The graduate scholarship, which is the first graduate endowed scholarship to be established at ETBU, will benefit students who are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Religion program. Students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year from Dallas County, Texas and who are engaged in a ministry through the ETBU Great Commission Center are eligible for the undergraduate scholarship.
Ross Avenue Baptist Church and the Ross Avenue Baptist Church Foundation established the separate endowments as an expression of their love for the Savior and their desire to support Christian higher education through ETBU. These endowed scholarships are in honor of the faithful members and staff of Ross Avenue Baptist Church.
"These two new scholarships are a tremendous blessing to ETBU,” remarked Dr. Oliver. "We are grateful to be a part of the legacy of Ross Avenue Baptist Church. With these scholarships, the work of the church will continue generation after generation as students continually benefit from these endowments.”
Ross Avenue Baptist Church began on the east side of Dallas as a mission of First Baptist Church of Dallas in 1898, though some histories place the date as early as 1894. On Good Friday 2002, the sanctuary was destroyed by fire. Members of the church continued to meet for a few more years, but eventually the hard decision was reached for the members to disperse to several other area churches.
The members of the church decided to create the Ross Avenue Baptist Church Foundation to see that the remaining assets of the church be distributed in support of the best traditions of Ross Avenue as a center of worship focused on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The members of the church had a long standing tradition of supporting Christian education. The hope is that the scholarships will encourage students at ETBU to study the role of the modern Baptist Church in ministering to the mind, body, and spirit, of its members and community.
ETBU offers a challenging curriculum in more than 40 areas of study. Graduate programs are currently offered in religion, counseling, and education. Beginning in fall 2013, a graduate program in business will be offered.