The Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund (CMSF) was established to provide an opportunity to support students who want to earn degrees related to Christian ministry. Graduates of these programs are prepared to serve as pastors, missionaries, church planters, worship leaders, youth & children ministers, chaplains, counselors, media ministers and more. Today, they’re making a difference worldwide.
Founded in 1997 by 85 charter members, the CMSF endowment was established to provide greater college affordability for students moving towards professional ministry.
How do students benefit from the CMSF?
Every scholarship dollar awarded to students through the CMSF offsets their tuition costs and minimizes student debt accumulation typically accrued over a four (4) year period. While North Greenville University strives to keep education affordable, many students who choose to attend the university have little in the way of family resources. Your gift truly makes a difference.
How much difference can your gift make?
More than you can imagine! Your gift, large or small, is combined with the gifts of others to provide an ever-growing fund that is preserved in the form of an endowment. The endowment then earns interest each year, which is used to fund that year’s scholarships. It’s all possible because your gift is combined with the next gift, plus the next gift, plus the next, which together, increases the number of students we can help prepare for ministry.
Thanks to our dedicated and faithful donors, the CMSF has surpassed $3 million with all proceeds from the fund applied 100% to scholarships. With over 400 ministry students studying at NGU each year, CMSF is blessing and influencing the next generation of ministry leaders.
How does a student apply to receive a scholarship?
CMSF is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of 36 men and women. This Board interviews each student who applies and then awards scholarships on an annual basis. Every applicant is asked to give his or her Christian testimony and discuss their specific call to ministry. Applicants must also be a full time student and maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA.
Ways to Give
You can choose to make a one-time gift to the Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund (CMSF) or become an annual member donating $150 or more per year.
Annual Membership Levels
- Sharing Member: $150.00 - $ 499.00
- Supporting Member: $ 500.00 - $ 999.00
- Sustaining Member: $1,000.00 - or more annually
Cumulative membership Levels include:
- Life Club: $ 5,000.00
- Life Fellowship: $15,000.00
- Life Alliance: $25,000.00
- Life Society: $50,000.00
- Life Endowment: $100,000.00
Contributions can be received by check or online through the secured payment portal.
Your gift today is tax deductible.
For donors wishing to include the CMSF in their legacy planning, please contact Dr. Phil Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 977-7014.
The Patterson Graduate School Scholarship was established by Dr. Tawana Scott in 2008 in memory of her parents, Ray and Doris Patterson. Dr. Scott is a graduate of North Greenville and has a passion for NGU and seeing others continue their education. She is particularly keen to assist those we are being prepared for Kingdom work in all fields of study—equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. She obtained two post graduate degrees after the age of forty and while raising 4 sons. She understands the sacrifices and commitment needed to pursue post graduate studies. Gifts to this scholarship help fund demonstrated financial need as well as emergency situations. In the past ten years this scholarship has helped graduate students from all degree programs at the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School at North Greenville University. Please consider giving today and supporting students with a passion for continued learning and their studies.
Contributions can be received by check or online through the secured payment portal. Your gift today is tax deductible.Charitable contributions made to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific individual is not tax deductible. You can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy and worthy individuals if you don’t indicate that your contribution is for a specific person.
The Bryant and Roseanne Fersner Scholars Program is established in honor of Rev. Bryant Fersner, the long-time pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kershaw, SC, and his beloved wife, Roseanne. The scholarship will support qualified students who plan to pursue full-time study in ministry and provide financial assistance to enhance the ability of students to achieve their academic goals and develop skills needed to serve the body of Christ in every community.
Donors contributing to the scholarship will receive a formal receipt and an acknowledgement note will be mailed to Rev. Bryant and Roseanne Fersner. Please know that Rev. and Mrs. Fersner are honored by your gift as are the deserving students who will receive this scholarship. All contributions will be placed in an endowment with the annual interest being used for the scholarships.
Contributions to The Bryant and Roseanne Fersner Scholars Program can be made via cash, check, credit card, stocks and bonds, pledges, trusts, bequests, or online through the secured payment portal. If paying by check, please make payable to NGU, designate for the Bryant and Roseanne Fresner Scholars Program, and mail to NGU Development Office, PO Box 1892, Tigerville, SC 29688. Your gift today is tax deductible.
For more information about the program or to arrange other giving options, contact Marty O'Gwynn.According to page 6 of IRS publication 526 (2016), charitable contributions made to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific individual is not tax deductible. You can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy and worthy individuals if you don’t indicate that your contribution is for a specific person.