Congratulations to Unique Ikechukwu who is the 2016-2017 scholarship recipient. She is a sophomore at Bethel University majoring in psychology. Her ultimate goal is to earn her doctorate and become a clinical or counseling psychologist. Unique is from Nigeria and is a “preacher’s kid.” She has one brother who is also planning to attend Bethel University in 2017. Unique says that she informally goes by Unique Charles, “because Americans can’t pronounce my last name!” She is a member of McKenzie CP Church.
This scholarship was established in 1976 in recognition of the service given by Beverly St. John, as the first director of Cumberland Presbyterian Women. It is awarded annually in the amount of $2,000. If is awarded first to a young woman attending Bethel University who is planning to go into full-time Christian ministry, the field of Christian education, music ministry or other related fields. If there is not an eligible candidate, then it is awarded to a Cumberland Presbyterian woman at the university who is in need of financial assistance.
It is the hope and dream of Women’s Ministry that more dedicated and capable young women will give consideration to a vocation related to the church. This scholarship is designed to encourage young women in their pursuit of ordained ministry as well as other positions in the church. The first scholarship was awarded in 1977 to Mary Lin Hudson, who is Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics at Memphis Theological Seminary. Other recipients are now serving as pastors, counselors, chaplains, and other fields of ministry. If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship endowment, you can do that online or by sending your church payable to Missions Ministry Team to 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38106. Be sure to indicate on your church that it is for the Women’s Ministry/Bethel University Scholarship Endowment.