End-of-Year Giving: Make a Gift to Support GTOE Scholarships


GivingGod calls us to be generous people. Giving is especially on our minds at this time of year. Many worthwhile causes and organizations are vying for precious resources, so deciding where to give our financial support can be challenging.

I hope as you plan your end-of-year, tax-deductible donations that you’ll consider giving to scholarships that benefit adult learners in the Graduate Theological Online Education (GTOE) program at Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries.

So why give to a fund that supports graduate students versus undergraduates?

1: God doesn’t call everybody into ministry at age 16 or 17. God calls people at different times in their lives. While some may have received their call earlier and didn’t answer it until adulthood, many others are surprised by God’s leading later in life.

2: You could see a quicker return on your investment. When you give in support of a graduate student, that person will be out in the world putting this or her degree to work more quickly than an undergraduate, who must first earn their bachelor’s degree before possibly going to seminary and then into ministry.

Or for that matter, you don’t have to choose between giving to NNU’s graduate versus undergraduate scholarships. Why not consider splitting your contribution between the two?

I can tell you personally it’s incredibly gratifying to support the education of an adult learner—and even more when you take the opportunity to correspond with them or even meet them in person to learn about their journey back to the classroom.

The “giver’s high” is very real. It feels good to help people—and to make a difference in a tangible way. By giving to NNU’s GTOE scholarship program, you’ll be helping men and women around the globe whose ministries will be shaped by your generosity.

If you would like to make a contribution to our endowed scholarship fund for online graduate scholarships in the NNU School of Theology & Christian Ministries, contact our University Advancement staff at 208-467-8423 or give online at https://www.nnu.edu/input/alumni/give, then enter “GTOE” in the “Specify” field. You can even talk to them about creating your own endowed scholarship—in your name, or in your ministry’s name, or as a tribute to someone you love. By doing so you’ll join the thousands of alumni and NNU friends who have given more than $20 million toward University endowments to support the Christ-centered education NNU offers to our students, both online and on campus.

On behalf of our students across the globe, thanks in advance for your generosity. What a great opportunity to ring out the old and to kick off the new year in such a generous way!

Jay Akkerman

Jay Akkerman

- Jay Akkerman


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