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Jan. 26, 2007
For Immediate Release

CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP EXPANSION FOR MINORITY STUDENTS

By Linda Waggener, assistant director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “There's nothing like knowing you’re right where God wants you to be,” said Campbellsville University alumna ministry student Vanessa Cross Sadler of Nashville, Tenn.

 “Guiding young men and women like Vanessa to success is among the biggest challenges facing today’s Christian leader,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of the university. “Campbellsville University offers help.”

Toward her mission to make Christian higher education affordable for all, Campbellsville University is announcing an expanded scholarship program for students coming from the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, according to John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president.

“This outreach by CU reflects its strong commitment to student diversity and to the growing partnership with churches of the General Association,” he said.

Students who win this award will be selected on Christian commitment, demonstrated leadership ability and/or involvement in the student’s home church.

These scholarships, available to freshmen and transfer students on the main campus, include: the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky Award, the Minority Teacher Education Scholarship, the Minority Christian Ministry Scholarship and the President’s Minority Leadership Award.

Each scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years. Students qualifying for any of the minority programs will also be given consideration for other scholarships based on factors such as financial need, academics, athletics and other performance areas.

The General Association of Baptists in Kentucky Award is based on Christian commitment, demonstrated leadership ability and/or involvement in the student’s home church.  Recipients are to come from churches affiliated with the General Association of Baptists in Kentucky. The amount of the award is $2,000 per academic year.  This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years with a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average. 

The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship will be awarded to students of minority descent pursuing admission to the teacher education program.  The scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 per academic year.  First and second year recipients must maintain a 2.8 grade point average.  Third year recipients must be accepted into the teacher education program to continue to receive the scholarship.  Fourth year recipients must maintain enrollment in the teacher education program and satisfy all requirements to remain in good standing with the program.

The Minority Christian Ministry Scholarship will be awarded to students of minority descent pursuing a career in Christian ministry.  The scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 per academic year.  Each applicant must submit a statement of faith, as well as a letter from the student’s pastor, stating that he or she has committed to vocational ministry.  Preference is given to students pursuing a Christian Studies major, but is not exclusive to those tracks.  The scholarship is renewable up to three times, for a total of four years.  The recipient must maintain a 2.0 grade point average to be eligible to renew the scholarship.

The President’s Minority Leadership Award will be given to members of a minority group who personally display outstanding leadership potential.  Factors such as academic accomplishment and church involvement are used to gauge a student’s leadership potential.  All recipients must be awarded as incoming freshmen.  The amount of the scholarship and the number of scholarships awarded varies each academic year. This scholarship is renewable provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress each year.

“We invite students from General Association churches, and from the minority community at large, to visit Campbellsville University and become acquainted with the exciting programs, activities and spirit of the campus,” said Chowning. “It's’ a great place, as we say, to ‘find your calling.’”

For more information about the scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid at Campbellsville University at 800-264-6014 or (270) 789-5013 or cytolson@campbellsville.edu.

Campbellsville University, now celebrating her Centennial year, is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his eighth year as president.