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NGU to Offer MLK50 Memphis Scholarship

Racial unity is a Gospel issue and all the more urgent 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.

The 50th anniversary of King’s tragic death marks an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. It creates the occasion to reflect on where Christians have been and look ahead to where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension.

At “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” a recent Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the Gospel Coalition (TGC) special event held April 3-4 in Memphis, TN, the organizations announced a partnership with Christian colleges and seminaries to form a scholarship initiative to invest in the educational future of minority students.

“We believe there are multiple reasons for Christian colleges and seminaries to participate in this program and we are grateful to these schools who have so generously joined this effort,” said Brent Leatherwood, ERLC director of strategic partnerships. “The city of Memphis was the scene of a brutal murder of the leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, even to this day, shockwaves from that terrible moment still reverberate in the community. But pastors, church leaders, and local activists are resolved to make racial unity a reality. This initiative reflects that good work being done and offers a way to come alongside and support it.”

The Dream Forward Scholarship Initiative creates new pathways to a quality higher education through an array of full and partial tuition scholarships at participating Christian colleges and universities around the country reserved exclusively for minority students in Memphis.

The goal of this Initiative is to equip these students to return to their home community to strengthen it in some way, for example, by returning to the Mid-South to make a difference for a local church, ministry, or non-profit.

“Thanks be to God for more than $1.5 million dollars given by Christian colleges and universities for the MLK50 Dream Forward Scholarship initiative. God might be raising up the next Martin Luther King Jr. or Billy Graham right here in Memphis to be trained at one of these schools,” said Russell Moore, president, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “I am encouraged to see these schools come together to help invest in students in the Memphis area.”

North Greenville University is one of nineteen colleges to offer this scholarship. NGU has named its scholarship the MLK50 Memphis Scholarship. It will cover room and board for a student’s time at the school. It will be available beginning Fall 2018.

“North Greenville is proud to offer this opportunity for a student from the Memphis area to earn their four-year degree with us,” said Vice President for Student Life and Christian Worldview Dr. Tony Beam.  “The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of change through peaceful engagement.  We honor his legacy by helping to equip the next generation to become transformational leaders who will help lead our society to better race relations.”

For more information contact Dr. Tony Beam, tony.beam@ngu.edu, or 864.977.2009.

                

 

       

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