Lutheran div students get boost

Staff Writer

An unprecedented number of new Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago master of divinity students received scholarships that will cover their full tuition.

Anna Ernst, Elizabeth Christensen, Toby Chow, Samuel Nelson, Brooke DeJong, Kathryn Jacob, Samantha Pfalzgraf, Levi Powers, Megan Clausen, Megan Casper, Paul Eldred and Matthew Zemanick all received scholarships to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 E. 55th St., this school year.

“LSTC is committed to supporting students as tuition costs and the cost of living rises,” said Jan Boden, Director of Communications and Marketing. “We’ve been committed in past years and this year is the apex; 12 scholarships really reflect that.”

Boden said this is a large number of scholarships for the school, which generally awards between 1-3 full scholarships each school year.

She said the school is working to be more competitive in offering scholarships because prospective students are often “woo’ed away” with scholarships to the University of Chicago, Duke University or Catholic Theological Union.

In the last three years, LSTC has awarded 27 Visionary Leader Scholarships to students in the master of divinity program. This year, seven of the awards are part of the Visionary Leaders Scholarship program that LSTC’s Advancement Office began three years ago. Donors agree to provide full-, half-, or one-quarter-tuition scholarships for a student’s three years of coursework. The other five scholarships awarded this year come from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Fund for Leaders in Mission. Also, this year LSTC was able to increase partial scholarships to make them full-tuition awards.

“We appreciate our incredibly generous donors who are just as committed as we are to helping our students graduate without debt,” said Rachel Brocker, associate director of admissions and financial aid at LSTC.