Making a Difference for Lincoln Leaders
Contributing to LCU’s scholarship endowment is a direct way to help aspiring Lincoln Leaders afford the edifying educational experience they desire.
There are two great ways to support LCU students through tuition scholarships. The table below is a summary of both options. Click HERE for more details.
|Endowed Scholarships||Annual Scholarships|
|Funding||In full (or at least the first $25,000) at establishment, or with a minimum gift amount of $5,000. Scholarship endowments are to be fully funded within five years. Additional contributions can be made at any time.||The first $1,000 is to be funded at establishment, with any further funding made per terms of the individual scholarship fund contract and/or any additional contributions can be made at any time.|
|Minimum Annual Award to Student(s)||$1,000||$1,000|
|Award Process||Awards will not be allocated in amounts that draw the account below the fully funded amount.||Awards will be disbursed for the upcoming semester/at the discretion of LCU immediately upon establishment.|
|At the date of scholarship establishment, donors may stipulate preferences and conditions for the allocation of funds to students from the annual scholarship, but LCU encourages donors to allow the widest berth possible so that LCU can make decisions on a rolling basis that most benefit the students and the University.|
|Once established and funded, endowed scholarship funds and annual scholarship funds can be added to through contributions in the following ways:
• One-time or annual gifts that are designated to the specific scholarship fund
|To establish a new endowed scholarship or annual scholarship fund, contact the LCU Advancement and Alumni office at 217-732-3168, or email the Advancement Office|
Or, Help Grow an Existing Scholarship Endowment Fund
LCU has dozens of established scholarship endowments, many of them created and named in honor of impactful Kingdom workers who got their start or made their careers at LCU. Anyone is free to contribute to an existing fund, and doing so is a wonderful way to grow these accounts that support LCU students. Click HERE to see the full list of endowed scholarship funds.
LCU also has several endowment funds established for operational rather than scholarship purposes. Donors may wish to support existing funds, or establish their own in their name or in the name of a loved one. Non-scholarship endowments may be created to provide financial support for, among other things:
- Facilities: A building may be named through an endowment and the proceeds used to maintain the facility.
- Faculty chairs: Any existing department chair may have a name attached to it. The endowment goes to pay part or all of the salary of the professor who holds the chair.
- Academic conferences and special programs: Lectureships, seminars, visiting scholars and more may be funded through an endowment.
Contact the Advancement and Alumni Office for more information.
Read About a Few of Our Established Endowed Scholarships
Dr. Dale and Dr. Janet Chitwood
Ross and Ruth Sickmiller Memorial Scholarship
Outstanding Faculty Research Award
Outstanding Journal Article Award Fund
“The two most important components of LCU are her students and the professors who mentor them. We are pleased to honor Janet’s parents with a scholarship for future teachers because Janet was both an elementary teacher and a professor of teacher education. And it is a pleasure to support outstanding publication awards for LCU professors in appreciation for their dedication to scholarship.”
Ruth and George McCarty
Harold H. and Lois A. Huck Scholarship
“Some of my father’s last words were, ‘How can they hear without a preacher and how can they preach unless they are sent?’ My mother and father loved ministers and their families and showered them with gifts and encouragement. We want to keep sending and encouraging preachers for years to come with this scholarship in their names.”
Harold H. and Lois A. Huck Scholarship
“Our father was a Sunday school teacher and youth sponsor all our growing-up years. He also served as elder for 50 years at First Christian Church in Wood River. When he retired from his teaching and administrator position, he worked with the Gideons until his death. My mother worked along with him in the church and Gideons. She served as the nursery teacher for 25 years. The scholarship is set up to honor their service to the Lord and His church. My two sisters and I all graduated from Lincoln Christian University, and we would like to help others who want to preach the word be able to get the knowledge and training they need to continue the spreading of God’s Word to our world.”
Jeff and Sharon Kennedy
Dr. Robert Lowery Scholarship
“Bob Lowery was my teacher, mentor, and friend. He also ministered to my congregations in Bone Gap and Assumption, Illinois, where I pastored for 24 years. He was loved by the people in both congregations. My wife and I could not think of anything more fitting than to establish an endowment scholarship that would honor his name for future Seminary students.”
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd A. Kline, Jr.
Mark and Sarah Wright Scholarship
“For several years I have honored my senior ministers by establishing an endowed scholarship in their names at their alma mater. This year I was able to do so for Mark Wright, our senior minister for the last 22 years at the Hazel Dell Christian Church in Carmel, Indiana. Mark is a 1983 alumnus of Lincoln Christian University. I can’t think of a better way to honor him than by providing financial assistance in perpetuity to train the next generation of leaders.”
“My late husband was a strong believer in the importance of education, and my parents financially supported Lincoln Christian. Following their deaths, I wanted to find a way to honor my family and their love of LCU and to help share the message of Jesus Christ. Establishing the scholarship is one way to accomplish both of those things.”
Gerald Williams and Paul Williams
Williams Brothers Military Assistance Scholarship
The Williams brothers want to honor their father. Paul writes, “Our father had a heart for the preaching ministry for all of his 89 years. He proved that God is faithful and will supply. Now it’s time to pay it forward. Let’s help the next generation of preachers-in-training.”