Scholarship aids seminarians


Answering a call to ministry in The United Methodist Church means more than raising one’s hand and saying, “Here am I.” 

For those answering a call to ministry in the local church, it also means choosing a seminary, moving to a new place and finding a way to finance theological education.

Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta hopes to ease the transition for members of the Mississippi Annual Conference interested in ordained ministry. The McDonald Scholarship, established by W. I. and Emma Jean McDonald of Tylertown, provides assistance to full-time United Methodist students from Mississippi who demonstrate promise for ministry, academic ability, and commitment to serving local congregations. These full-tuition awards are renewable upon maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.

The Rev. R. Mark Anderson is an example of how this scholarship has benefited the Mississippi Conference. Now the senior pastor at Oak Grove UMC in Hattiesburg, Anderson said the McDonalds’ generosity “was instrumental for me in opening the doors to my preparation for ministry.” As a young and newly married student, the financial cost of theological education was “a major block,” but the McDonald Scholarship allowed him to make it happen.  “It made a difference to me,” he said, “that’s for sure!”

Those interested in attending Candler School of Theology and applying for the McDonald Scholarship should apply to Candler by Feb. 1, and submit their McDonald Scholarship application by March 1. For information, contact Rev. Shonda Jones, assistant dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322; call 404-727-6326 or e-mail