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South Central Ohio District Church of The Nazarene creates endowed scholarship at MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — The South Central Ohio Student Endowed Scholarship at Mount Vernon Nazarene University has been established by a $50,000 donation from the South Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene. Undergraduate students from the South Central Ohio District who are enrolled in a traditional academic program will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

“The South Central Ohio District believes in the real value of Christian higher education, both for the individual student and for the church as a whole,” said Rev. Trevor Johnston, district superintendent. “Knowledge, life skills and experience in a Wesleyan-Arminian context are a winning combination for success in life and at the spiritual level of the individual.”

MVNU is allocating grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education as a dollar-for-dollar match for the endowment to bolster the impact of the South Central Ohio District’s generosity. 

“We are being obedient to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:10-20. We are always ‘better together,’ which has been a motto of my leadership here on SCO District,” said Johnston. “As a district pastor, it is my deep belief that I need to model Christian principles and priorities to our congregations across this great district. This endowment, sponsored by the district advisory board, is one concrete example of how a district can come alongside our field university in a way that shows our commitment.”

MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II is grateful for the district’s contribution to academic scholarships and is proud the university can designate other funding to double the endowment.

“The future of the University is linked with the support provided by our region,” said Spaulding. “The South Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene has been a great partner for MVNU. This scholarship will provide support for years to come for deserving students.”

Endowments provide secured funding that are invested to maintain long-term financing for scholarships, programming, equipment, faculty or curriculum improvements.

“Endowed scholarships represent a stable source of funds for students that will last for generations. It is a way for donors to offer reliable support to the University,” Spaulding said. “The generosity of our donors will be increasingly important in an era of government reductions in assistance.”

To learn more about endowment opportunities at MVNU, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.