As Candler School of Theology salutes its centennial class of 2015 and moves forward into a new century, student scholarships remain a top priority. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 83 percent of all students and 93 percent of MDiv students received a scholarship from Candler. Your ongoing generosity enables us to offer scholarships to an ever growing number of students who will shape the future of Candler, the church, and the world. Thank you!

Strengthening International Ties

Donors Dr. Haesuk Lee and Bishop Youngkag Kwon. <br/>Credit: Lisa Stone.International students from 13 countries currently make up 8 percent of Candler’s enrollment, and more than three-quarters of these students are from South Korea. This fall, Candler received two gifts that will establish the first scholarship endowments created specifically for South Korean students at the school. The Bishop Youngkag Kwon Scholarship and the Dr. Haesuk Lee Scholarship will be awarded beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

The gifts recognize abiding personal relationships between the benefactors and two key figures at Candler. The gift given by Bishop Kwon, father of Candler Alumni Board member Guhyun Kwon 06T, honors the family’s relationship with Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Karen Scheib, who has served as faculty advisor to Emory’s Korean Graduate Student Association for 15 years. The gift given by Dr. Lee 89T is in honor of the late Fred Craddock, Bandy Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, in thanksgiving for Craddock’s legacy of teaching homiletics at Candler.

As the first awards designated for South Korean students, the Kwon and Lee scholarships symbolize both Candler’s role in preparing leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world and its commitment to international engagement. Candler is honored to receive these gifts as a sign of the deep and enduring bonds of friendship.

Encouraging Community Ministry

Since the school’s founding, community engagement and social transformation have been woven into Candler’s culture and pedagogical commitments. Now these values have inspired the creation of a new scholarship, made possible by a $75,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

Beginning in fall 2015, the Carpenter Scholarship for Community Engagement will be awarded to five incoming MDiv students who have received another Candler scholarship, demonstrate academic excellence, and possess a well-articulated commitment to community engagement and social transformation. Recipients will receive $5,000 annually for the duration of the three-year MDiv program, as well as priority in selecting their Contextual Education sites.

The Carpenter Scholarships affirm Candler’s commitment to support individuals who have the passion and courage to pursue Christian ministry in community contexts, and to equip them to make a real difference in the real world.

Fostering Future Leaders 

YTI gives young people permission and space to explore theological <br/>questions. Credit: Cindy Brown 09T.For more than 20 years, Candler’s Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) has offered young people the opportunity to wrestle with deep theological questions in a supportive community of peers, facilitated by Candler students and faculty. To help further this important work, YTI has received a $100,000 grant from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Young Clergy Initiative, a program designed to increase the number of young clergy in the denomination.

The funds will support Candler's YTI Summer Academy, a biennial event that brings 40 high school students from across the nation and world to Emory University’s Atlanta campus for a three-week, intensive study of Christian theology and ministry.

Beth Corrie, director of YTI and associate professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding, says the grant will enable intentional partnerships between YTI and United Methodist congregations. “Our hope is that youth who come to the Summer Academy will be able to explore their sense of call, while also becoming better equipped as leaders in the denomination.” 

Responding to the Call 

Candler is the beneficiary of a generous gift from the Amos family that will create two new endowments to fund student scholarships for years to come. Both honor important figures in the life of Kathelen Van Blarcum Amos 79C, a member of Emory University’s board of trustees. The Kathrin Trammel and Jesse Winford Martin Scholarship is named in honor of her maternal grandparents. The William B. Turner Scholarship honors Amos’s friend, mentor, and former Sunday school teacher Bill Turner, a former Emory trustee who taught high school Sunday school for more than sixty years at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia.

“Quite simply, when I think of my own faith journey, Kathrin Trammel and Jesse Winford Martin, along with William B. Turner, have been the greatest influences on my seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and in modeling a life of surrender, grace, and love,” Amos says.

Dean Jan Love notes that the Martin and Turner scholarships will help make it possible for students to respond to God’s call to Christian ministry. “I am grateful to Kathelen and Dan Amos for investing in Candler’s mission to educate faithful and creative leaders for the church’s ministries throughout the world.” 

Paying it Forward 

On May 11, Candler conferred degrees on 138 new graduates. We celebrate the hard work and faithfulness that went into their years here, as well as the dedication they have already shown to future generations of Candler students. Through the Senior Class Gift campaign, 78 percent of the class of 2015 made a gift to Candler, with 100 percent of the MTS class making a gift for the second year in a row. This is the highest participation rate in recorded history, trumping by two points the record previously held by the class of 2014. The campaign raised just over $9,000, with the majority going to student scholarships via the Theology School Fund for Excellence, the Erskine Smith Moseley Scholarship, and the MTS Scholarships Fund. 

Our newest alumni are already making their mark to ensure that those who will walk Candler’s halls in the years to come continue to have access to excellent faculty, first-rate facilities, profound contextual education, and enriching international engagement. May their support of Candler’s future inspire us all to action as we begin this second century with renewed commitment to the students of tomorrow.