Cobber Grads Receive Scholarship From ELCA

Front: Sara Funkhouser '18, Laura Anderson '12, Jeanette Perrault '13 Back: Tyler Egge '18, Andrea Bonneville '17, Matthew Engum '18

Six Concordia graduates have received the Fund for Leaders Scholarship from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to students attending ELCA seminaries with the intent of becoming ministers and serving the church. This year, 50 ministry candidates were selected from ELCA seminaries across the United States.

Sara Funkhouser ’18, Laura Anderson ’12, Matthew Engum ’18 and Jeanette Perrault ’13 are attending Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Tyler Egge ’18 and Andrea Bonneville ’17 are students at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

“Receiving this scholarship is a significant honor and privilege for all of us who received it,” Perrault said. “To know we will have zero debt from our tuition is a huge relief and helps us pursue our call of public ministry a little more deeply and with a little less worry.”

Recipients of the scholarships will spend the next four years deciding where they are called to serve, both within the church and around the world. Some may choose to lead parish or campus ministry, as others may choose to serve global or outdoor ministry. However, it is certain that each of the recipients’ experience will be a transformational one.

“We all have different passions and spaces we feel called to lead,” Perrault said, “but that could and will most definitely change as we have classes and conversations that will help shape us and lead us to where God is calling us to be.”