by Scottie Lloyd
May 25, 2016
The first ELCA Fund for Leaders Federal Chaplaincy scholarships are awarded to Army 2LT Ashley E. Allinger enrolled at Luther Seminary and to Army 2LT. Nicholas D. Schmidlin enrolled at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago for the 2016-2017 academic year. Ashley receives a $2500 award and Nicholas receives $1500.
Their stories differ, but their godly goals of loving and serving others ring the same. Hear the start of Ashley Allinger’s path to serving God and country.
“On my Confirmation day, right before going up to share my faith statement, a friend pressed an old military coin into my hand and told me I could keep it. I held it tightly in my fist as I spoke to the congregation using the cool metal as a way to stave off public speaking anxiety. Inscribed were the words, ‘”in need of assistance, seek the Lutheran Chaplain.” My verse was Psalm 27:1. “‘The Lord is my light and salvation, whom should I fear?” l didn’t know it then, but that coin and that verse, would begin my research and decision to join the military and to become a Chaplain….” (See Scholarship Fund Tab for more)
2LT and seminarian Nicholas Schmidlin’s story begins with service. “I first felt my calling to an active participation in God’s mission my first semester of college. I earned a scholarship to attend Xavier University as a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet. I joined the Army because I wanted to help people in the noblest way I could and I believed the Army would afford me the opportunity. When I decided I wanted to become a Chaplain I called home to see what my parents would think if I was to become a Chaplain. My parents were extremely happy for me and it made me truly feel like becoming a Chaplain is why God put me on this Earth. From that time on knowing that I had my family’s support I have been working toward a minor in theology from Xavier University and trying to learn what it means to become a steward of God….” (See the Scholarship Tab for more)
The ELCA Support to Federal Chaplaincy congratulates our first two awardees and thanks all who have contributed to the Federal Chaplaincy Scholarship Endowment to make this happen. Currently, we have over $75,000 in the fund. We need to raise at least $60,000 a year to meet our goal of $350,000 in five years. We are behind for the second year that ends July 2016. All contributions are appreciated. The interest off of the principle (donations) is what keeps this scholarship going for decades to come. See the Scholarship Tab above in the masthead for how to contribute.