NEW ORLEANS — When New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College leaders asked alumni and donors for help in creating summer scholarships, the initial response was overwhelming. The generous seminary donors gave more than $300,000 in the first week of the scholarship campaign.
To date, donors have given $311,357 toward “Bridge Campaign” for summer scholarships.
Normally, scholarships are offered at NOBTS/Leavell College only during the spring and fall semesters. Due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, NOBTS/Leavell College President Jamie Dew sought donor help so students could continue their ministry training. The funds generated would be used to provide summer tuition scholarships during this difficult time for students.
“Our donors stepped up in a major way over the past few weeks to provide a significant amount of financial aid for summer classes,” Dew said. “Because of their generosity, students who enroll in our Red Carpet Week workshops in May or our June and July summer classes and apply for financial aid will receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship for each course.”
Those who gave to the Bridge Scholarship Campaign include regular NOBTS donors, alumni, seminary administrators and members of the seminary and Leavell College faculty. Dew added that many of those who gave are pastors and ministers serving in Southern Baptist churches.
“On behalf of NOBTS and Leavell College we would like to express our gratitude at what God has done, and thank the generous donors that have made the Bridge Campaign such a success,” said Mike Wetzel, vice president of institutional advancement at the seminary. “We had a few donors step up to offer $150,000 towards a matching goal of $300,000. We surpassed that goal within the first week of giving.
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Source: Baptist Press