2017 CCSC Scholarship Project – July 2-15


The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) is proud to sponsor a program, held at Regent College (RC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, which provides scholarship money to potential Regent Summer School students to supply two weeks’ full audit tuition (one “one audit” course per week), a food stipend and lodging at Regent’s famous Summer School. The recipients also participate in two discussion meetings per week on the subject of vocation with the Consortium’s Executive Director, Drew Trotter, and take part in a number of other group opportunities, such as a Bard on the Beach presentation of a Shakespearean play, hikes in the spectacular forests surrounding Vancouver, and a number of private meals with Regent professors and Summer School visiting professors like Steve Garber, Rikk Watts, and George Marsden. At the end of their time, the scholarship students write essays evaluating the program.

Past essays are uniformly positive in their praise of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For instance Lize Bickley, a graduate student at Yale University, wrote: “I could not have asked for a better preparatory experience before starting graduate studies at Yale this fall. After working full-time for the past two years, summer school helped me acclimate again to the rhythms of being a student and reminded me of what it feels like to learn and analyze in ways guided by faith, humility, and love of others. I am so grateful.”

David Katibah, an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina summarized his time this way: “This program is exceptional not only because of the world-class teaching of Regent College, but also because of the intimate relationships formed between the program participants. As a whole, the Regent College/CSCC Summer Program gave me a vision for how to live my life with purpose and intentionality.”

Andrew Lynn, a Ph.D. student on the verge of writing his dissertation, who has experience of a number of Christian communities, had this to say: “It was amazing to be able to hear insights and share thoughts with so many scholars over the two weeks. I also found the more systematic discussions of theology in our smaller course a good “home base” for many of the theological discussions happening throughout the week. Finally, I found the experience sensitizing to thinking about vocation and higher learning and the ‘life of the mind.’ Regent represents some of the best efforts of serious faith scholarship and because of that opened my mind to the world of not only top scholars but theologically hungry, deeply thoughtful lay people…. The weeks at Regent immersed me in a population that was hungry for more than small talk.”

RC-CCSC Students2016-minThe Scholarship Project has many advantages for the student, Study Center staff member, or other qualified applicant. First, Regent College’s Summer School offerings have always provided the best of both American, British and Continental evangelical scholarship in the persons of the teachers they bring in from every part of the globe. Among last year’s lecturers were Rikk Watts, George Marsden, Soong-Chan Rah, Steve Garber, James Houston, Daniel Treier, Chad Wriglesworth, Susan Phillips, Tremper Longman, and the list goes on and on. Secondly, the recipient is exposed to people who come from all over the world to take Regent’s courses. Last summer six continents were represented among Regent’s students. In an environment not only of classes, but also of open lectures, panel discussions, film showings, and artistic performances, Regent provides an environment of learning that never ceases to be stimulating.

The Project’s specific added opportunities contribute an invigorating environment to discuss with other recipients, the ED of the CCSC, and with selected Regent professors the subjects they are studying and how one integrates those with their courses of study and/or vocational life goals. Meals at fine restaurants and walks in lush canyons together, as well as discussions of vocation, decision making, art and culture and a plethora of other topics offer times of learning and reflection that can be life changing.

You may even encounter a surprise kayaking event or two… Click here to see a video shot by Drew Trotter on the 2016 group’s hike in Laurel Canyon.

For a complete description of the program, including information about the policies and regulations associated with the scholarship, click on the following link: Scholarship Description.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, click the following link: Application. If you have any questions, please contact the CCSC Scholarship Project Registrar by email at [email protected] or by phone at 434.296.3333.