2016 Regent College/CCSC Scholarship Project

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Regent College (RC) of Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) co-sponsored a program in the summer of 2016, which provided scholarship money to potential Regent Summer School students to supply two weeks’ full audit tuition, a food stipend and lodging at Regent’s famous Summer School. The recipients attended two one-week classes each, the most popular of which were Steve Garber’s “Vocation as Common Grace for the Common Good” and George Marsden’s “The Renaissance of the Evangelical Mind”.  With the Consortium’s Executive Director, Drew Trotter, they also explored the theology of vocation in two evaluation discussion meetings per week, revolving around John Stackhouse’s book, Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology. For fun, the group attended a Bard on the Beach presentation of The Merry Wives of Windsor, hiked in Laurel Canyon, and had a number of private meals with professors like Ralph Wood and George Marsden.

At the end of their time, the scholarship students wrote essays evaluating the program, and they were 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.”

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 week 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 2016’s lecturers were Ralph Wood, George Marsden, Malcolm Guite, Steve Garber, Susan Phillips, Minho Song, Richard Mouw, Philip Ryken, 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. In the summer of 2016 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.

Even the serendipitous was amazing about this first Scholarship project of what we hope will be many more. Click here to see a video of a surprise kayaking event, shot by Drew Trotter  while on the group’s hike in Laurel Canyon.

If you are interested in applying for this year’s project, click here for information about the policies and regulations associated with the scholarship: Scholarship Description.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, click the following link: Application. If you have any questions, please contact the Regent College/Consortium of Christian Study Centers Scholarship Project Registrar by email at [email protected] or by phone at 434.296.3333.

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