D&E Establishes Presbyterian Scholars Program

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

ELKINS - Students who are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) now have an additional incentive to attend Davis & Elkins College. The recently established Presbyterian Scholars Program offers an annual $5,000 award beginning in the 2015 fall semester to new students enrolling at the College.

The program highlights D&E’s relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing support to Presbyterian students looking for a college experience that honors their faith tradition.

“Supporting Presbyterian students through the new Presbyterian Scholars Program is a tangible expression of D&E’s commitment to celebrating – and carrying forward – our Presbyterian heritage. At D&E, students are inspired to create authentic, deeper meaning and connection between their spiritual and vocational lives,” says D&E Assistant Director of Development Support and Coordinator of Church Relations Tina Vial.

To qualify for the award, new students need only to submit a letter from their pastor confirming active membership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Davis & Elkins students have access to a wide variety of opportunities for prayer, worship, service, humanitarian aid and discussion about topics relevant in today’s world. Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Kevin Starcher and the campus Spiritual Life Team provide support to students in their personal and spiritual growth through weekly chapel services, weekly campus Bible study/Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and discussion groups such as Crossroads Conversation and Taboo Club. The College enjoys a significant relationship with neighboring Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, where students can attend weekly worship and Bible study, get connected to opportunities to serve the local community and experience a community of faith through traditions similar to their own.

Academically, students may elect to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy or religious education.

Davis & Elkins has a long history of faithful partnership with Presbyterians. Those ties date back to the College’s founding by Presbyterians U.S. Sens. Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins in 1904. Today, the College is related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by close relationships with the Synod of the Trinity and the Presbytery of West Virginia. The affiliation provides opportunities for scholarships and travel, and ongoing partnership efforts in a variety of settings.

Another Presbyterian-based scholarship opportunity is the Covenant Scholarship. Equal to one-half of tuition costs, the Covenant Scholarship is open to children of ordained PC(USA) clergy.

Individuals or churches wishing to contribute to the Presbyterian Scholars Program may contact Vial at 304-637-1354 or viala@dewv.edu.

Potential students who would like additional information about either scholarship may contact Director of Financial Planning Matt Summers at 304-637-1990 or summersm@dewv.edu.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.