The one-year old ELCA Federal Chaplain Endowment is presently at $61,477.74 and scheduled to issue its first scholarship in 2016. Some people have asked why this effort to encourage seminarians for Federal Chaplaincies. The answer is the high cost of seminary education and student debt. An extensive study was completed to discover a best way forward and the results are clear. See the study for yourself (below) and consider a gift today for tomorrow’s ELCA Chaplains support our Federal folks and families.
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Educational debt is a significant issue across the American educational system. Theological students are not exempt from this issue. In fact, the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education stated that every theological school in North America is now affected by educational debt. “Even students in schools that have declined to be a part of the US federal loan program and those in schools that fully fund their students are affected, because many of their students bring significant undergraduate debt with them into seminary” (source: Miller, S.L., Early, K.M. & Ruger, A. (2014). Taming the Tempest: A Team Approach to Reducing and Managing Student Debt. Auburn Studies No. 19.)
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