Each year students are selected by the faculty in the Arts & Sciences and the Bible & Ministry
divisions to represent those who have given to this fund. Students are rewarded with a perpetual
plaque and a medallion that they wear at graduation as an Endowed Scholar.
To underwrite the Endowed Scholar Program, a gift of $20,000 is required. This amount can be
increased yearly upon the request of the donor. The Endowed Scholar Award is granted for one
year for every $2,000 contributed.
Names of those currently underwriting the Endowed Scholar Award program are:
- Albertson Endowment
- David and Ruth Smitherman Endowment
- Eva Ellis Endowment
- Faye Wheeler Endowment
- Fred and Esther Johnson Endowment
- Merle Roe Endowment
- Robert Storms Endowment
- Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting Endowment
- Stan and Tracy Stark Endowment
- Zimmerman Endowment
To find out more about the Endowed Scholar Award, please contact Mark Miller by phone
(620.862.5252) or email.
The Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting Endowment
Lucy Anderson Endowment
endowment in her honor. Lucy is the daughter of the first college president, Scott T. Clark, and a twin sister to the highly acclaimed Roy Clark. She served on the faculty of Malone College with her husband, during which time they traveled to South America and set up The Friends Mission work there under the sponsorship of Eastern Region Yearly Meeting. During their years at Malone, she and Alvin took a sabbatical leave, during which they taught at Friends Bible College.
David & Ruth Smitherman
Benjamin & Anna Albertson
The Fred & Esther Johnson Endowment
attended seminary so Fred could earn his ministry credentials. Following that, Fred pastored several Free Methodist churches. In 1966, Stanley Brown, FBC president, employed Fred as a Bible teacher at the college. Fred continued teaching until his retirement from Barclay College in 1992. The recipient of this scholarship should be a child of a pastor, one-parent family, missionary family, or a church vocation-missionary. They must also maintain a B average, sophomore or above full-time, friendly, dependable, and trustworthy.
Faye Wheeler Ministerial Memorial Scholarship
is required and financial need is a requirement. The recipient must exhibit a Christian attitude and example. Faye Wheeler was a Friends’ minister and pastored Friends Churches in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Stan & Tracey Endowment
Merle & Ruth Roe Endowment
Major: Bible Theology
Hometown: Rock Springs, WY
Home Church: Rock Springs Christian Church
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Pratt, KS
Home Church: Reach Church
Emma has been named the 2022-2023 Zimmerman Endowed Scholar. She first learned about Barclay College from Marcus Collick and Makayla McCarty who have attended Barclay in the past. Emma’s experience at Barclay College has been great with a warm homelike campus and community that is inviting. Her walk with God has matured, especially in being better disciplined. She loves the classroom settings that allow room for discussion. Emma and her husband are involved with Motion Student Ministries in their home church which fulfills her Christian Service requirements. While Emma is a married student who doesn’t live on campus, she applauds the full tuition scholarship plan as it communicates an investment from others in the student’s future and helps students steward the gifts God has given them. Emma’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 8: 14-17 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Vocational plans include continuing in her role as Worship Leader at Reach Church and getting credentialed within the AGK Network.
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Home Church: First Friends
Isaac was named the Fred & Esther Johnson Endowed Scholar for 2022-2023. Isaac’s father attended Barclay College as did several members from his home church so he grew up knowing about the college. His experience here has led to making lifelong friends and has loved his work with CD & Marty Fitch. The small classes have been exactly what he needed to be successful in his academic endeavors. Serving as an RA during his sophomore year helped Isaac learn how to connect with all kinds of different people. It has also taught him the importance of role models in students’ lives. Extracurricular activities included lots of disc golf, playing on the soccer team, all the intramural sports and Neil Unruh’s welding class. Off campus activities included working for different community members on their farms or wherever he was needed. Christian Service hours included working with Youth Core in Greensburg and volunteering to help various community members move furniture and do other household chores. The Full-Tuition Scholarship was a big deal to Isaac. He will be able to graduate from Barclay without any debt because of what he has been able to save from his various jobs. As a future teacher he knows his salary will be limited so no college debt is a huge blessing. Isaac’s favorite Bible verse is: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Isaac sees a bright future ahead with options to teach elementary or middle school or any profession where a college degree is required. His first choice is to teach PE, and with the shortage of educators he sees himself as highly marketable.
Major: Intercultural Ministry
Hometown: Dharwad, India
Home Church: Evangelical Friends Church India
Melissa has been named the 2022-2023 Dave & Ruth Smitherman Endowed Scholar. Melissa first learned about Barclay from David Williams who is a very good friend of her parents. She went online and read about the college she was so amazed; after prayerful consideration she felt like God was leading her here. Melissa’s experience at Barclay College has been wonderful and become a second home and family to her. Faculty and students have stood by her highs and lows. The family environment was different than any other college she had attended. The accessibility and friendliness of faculty constantly amazed her. Barclay college is all about building relationships with everyone and treating everyone as family. Her relationship with Christ has grown deeper and closer as a result of the close knit community of believers. Melissa was a RA of the girl’s dorms and it was fun getting a chance to know the girls on her hallway and having her door open for them and making sure that everyone was doing well. She also helped in the play as usher. Christian Service hours included working for the elderly home in Haviland and going there and cleaning, decorating and spending time with the elderly; it was a blessing. She also painted the park for the kids and helped paint the fence for a family. As a missionary kid the full tuition scholarship meant a lot to her. Knowing the expense involved in studying abroad and realizing God had a plan for her the wonderful people that donated to her education is greatly appreciated. Melissa’s favorite Bible verse is I Thessalonians 5: 16-18: which says: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Melissa plans to pursue her Master’s degree but she is also seeking the Lord for the direction in her life. Praying that He will open up the doors for her life. She knows that whatever she does she wants to bring glory and honor to God’s name and she will be used for God’s glory.
Major: Biblical Theology
Hometown: Hastings, MI
Home Church: Haviland Friends
Margaret (Maggie) was named the 2022-2023 Faye Wheeler Endowed Scholar. Maggie first heard about Barclay College at a Bible translation event with Dan Kramer and Lori Jenkins in Detroit, Michigan. Barclay has become home to her and it did not take long for her to find great friends and get plugged into an amazing community of believers who are really going after God. She has been inspired and challenged by the people around her, and that means the world to her. Extracurricular activities have included singing and dancing in All Together Now, playing Susan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and helping with costumes for Cinderella. Christian Service hours have included volunteering at FaithWeavers K-2 group every week and volunteering with the Institute for Biblical Translation to create an open-source Children’s Bible. The full-tuition scholarship meant that she was able to afford a Bachelor’s Degree. Maggie went to a community college after graduating high school for her Associate’s degree for the very reason that a Bachelor’s degree was impossible without crushing debt. The Lord called her out of the workforce and back to school, and the full-tuition scholarship was part of God’s promise to provide for her. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:13: You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Future plans are focused on ministry, especially with children and families. Additional thoughts include church administration, working with orphans, furthering education, and teaching others.
Major: Pastoral Ministry and Business Administration
Hometown: Bronson, KS
Home Church: Hope Chapel
William was named the Robert Storms Endowed Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year. Will first learned about Barclay College from Dale Johnson and his family when they learned that he was looking at Bible colleges and encouraged him to come to Haviland. Will’s first semester at Barclay was right after the Covid summer, so it was a struggle in the beginning to find friends and do things. After that rough start he made some good friendships that he still has today. His own maturing and that of his friends resulted in deep discussions revolving around theological matters instead of whatever from the past. When Will arrived at Barclay he had only been a Christian for a couple of years, so now he has a much better understanding of Christianity and other religions. Barclay has been a good place to explore the hard questions about the faith and come to a deeper understanding of how it developed into what it is today. Extracurricular activities and Christian Service hours have included working backstage for the plays, working with the Bible Translation Institute making a simplified Children’s Bible that will be used as the base translation for use overseas. Will has served as the contact at Barclay for the editing process and maintaining the biblical accuracy of the Children’s Bible. The full tuition Scholarship was a big determiner in coming to Barclay. After two years of college at K-State, he had a couple of loans and coming to Barclay was the cheapest he had ever paid, making a college education more affordable. Will’s favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:2: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Future plans could include working with the Bible Institute, but that requires raising support and be a missionary of sorts. He also has the option of going back to the family farm. Finding a ministry to join for a time and do part-time ministry while he works a secular job is another possibility.
Year in school: 1988-1992, 2003-2004, 2018-2019, 2020-2023
Major: Christian Ministry Leadership
Hometown: Penrose, CO
Home Church: Beaver Park Friends Church
Ruthanna has been named the 2022-2023 Anderson Endowed Scholar. She first learned about Barclay College in 1988, when it was known as Friends Bible College, from a friend who attended FBC and her youth pastor who encouraged her to apply. Her experience at FBC/Barclay College helped her grow spiritually, academically, and socially. Though she was a quiet presence, faculty, staff, professors, as well as fellow students accepted her, encouraged her, and challenged her. There was so much love and compassion here, it felt like extended family. Extracurricular activities include playing the piano and singing in the Worship Team at Beaver Park Friends Church. Christian Service hours involved singing in Choir and Ensembles. Ruthanna also helped a family in the community learn some basic Sign Language skills. Additionally, she helped a man in the community who had gotten in an accident and needed help with his small motor skills. She also participated in the Haviland Friends Church Orchestra, the Christmas Pageant and the Joseph Technicolor Dreamcoat musical. Ruthanna’s favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Future plans include continuing to serve as Worship Leader in her home church. Outside of this, she is open to whatever the Lord leads her to do vocationally, to help wherever He plants her to work in His harvest field.
Major: Pastoral Ministry
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Home Church: Haviland Friends
Clayton was named the 2022-2023 Merle Roe Endowed Scholar. He first learned about Barclay College through his dad who attended a semester in Haviland and through friends from Great Bend. Clayton had good experiences at Barclay College and faced highs and lows, as is life, but God has been the same during any good or bad moment. Extracurricular activities and Christian service hours have included operating the spotlight in four theater productions, playing soccer for three seasons, running lights for chapel and serving on the chapel planning team. The full tuition scholarship has helped Clayton continue attending Barclay longer than he could have otherwise. Since his parents are missionaries to Mexico City they could not help him financially as other families might have done. Clayton’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:16-17: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that however believes may have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Psalms 40 is also a favorite passage. Future plans include interning at a church while working a secular job and praying about the possibility of attending a school of ministry.
Major: Psychology Online
Hometown: Shiloh, North Carolina
Home Church: Bridge Church NC
Maria has been named the Albertson Endowed Scholar for 2022-2023. She learned about Barclay by doing her own research on the best on-line Christian colleges with a strong psychology program. Maria’s experience as an online student includes working at her pace yet still feeling challenged. She thoroughly enjoys learning how to study the Scriptures and growing in God’s Word. The mixing of courses between her psychology major and theology is enjoyable. Extracurricular activities including painting on canvas as well as restoring and refurbishing old furniture, giving it new life. Christian Service hours are spent caring for her grandchildren so her son and daughter-in-law, who are first responders, can serve their community with peace of mind. Maria’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 5: 7-8: For one will scarcely die for a righteous person though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die; but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Future plans are focused on ministering to the psychological and emotional needs of her community.
Hometown: Denver, CO
Home Church: Restoration Covenant Church
Mandy has been named the Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting Endowed Scholar for 2022-2023. Mandy learned about Barclay through the church she grew up in, Denver Friends Church. She first attended Barclay in the Spring of 2008 and soon met her future husband, Trent, and they got married in the summer of 2009. After they had their first son in 2010 Mandy did not resume classes. The 12-year hiatus from school to raise her three beautiful kids came with zero regrets. Now that all of her children are in full-time school, she is finishing her undergrad degree online so that she can go on to get her Masters in counseling. Extra-curricular activities include studying nutrition and exercise physiology and frequently setting fitness goals for herself. Christian Service hours include working with an under-served high-school in their area through a sports camp as well as with various needs that arise within that community. Mandy’s favorite Bible Verse is Philippians 4:13; I can do all things through Christ who strengths me. Her Master’s in Counseling will be used in conjunction with her pastoral roles at their church.
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Cuauhtemoc, Mexico / Ulysses, Kansas
Home Church: Mary Queen of Peace
Aaron has been named the Stan & Tracey Endowed Scholar for 2022-2023. He learned about Barclay from alum, Adrian Maloney. His experience at Barclay College has been great and everybody is extremely nice and loving. All of his classes and professors have been great in my helping him achieve his academic goals. On top of that, he has been able to gain guidance in strengthening his relationship with Christ. Barclay does not look like much from the outside, but it is truly a diamond in the rough. Aaron’s extracurricular activity is through his involvement in is the Men’s Basketball Team. Christian service hours have included helping Mrs. Ballard with Gymnastic mats, keeping score and books at home athletic games, and helping out with the Barclay drama productions. The full tuition scholarship has meant everything to Aaron. It has given him the platform and opportunity to get his education in hopes of getting his master’s degree! The full tuition scholarship was a blessing in disguise, as he has had the opportunity to meet great people and grow while getting an affordable education. His favorite Bible verse is John 13:7: “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but some day you will” Aaron’s future vocational possibilities vary, with hopes of playing basketball professionally overseas. In the meantime, he plans to start and maintain his own Christian-based clothing brand. After basketball, he would like to get a job while expanding his brand.
Major: Bible Theology
Hometown: Greenleaf, ID
Home Church: Greenleaf Friends
Ariel Coleman was selected as the David and Ruth Smitherman Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Ariel learned about Barclay because many of her family have attended in the past including her parents, Gordon and Melina Coleman. In relationship to the impact Barclay is having on her, Ariel say, “God continues to work through Barclay and every year is drastically different because of the different lessons I’m learning. I love the people around me, I love my classes, and I love feeling like God is guiding me into the person I need to be.” Her extracurricular activities include the Chapel Planning Team, theatre, and in the past, worship teams. She completed her Christian Service hours by volunteering at Youth Core in Greensburg. The Full-Tuition Scholarship has been the only reason she can go to college right now without waiting until later in life when she would be financially able to afford this expense. Ariel’s favorite Bible verses is: 1 Corinthians 4:20 “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” and 1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.” Vocational plans are unknown at this time as Ariel goes where God puts her and does her best to live in the present. Relying on God’s leading, she is trusting Him to reveal His plan for her life.
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Norwich, Kansas
Home Church: Argonia Friends
Hunter Fitch was selected as the Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Hunter grew up hearing about Barclay from his parents and grandparents who attended Barclay. Hunter has met new people from around the country and even the globe and has made some fond and memorable memories and close friends here. He has also really grown in his faith and walk with Christ through the community and classes. Hunter’s involvement with extracurricular activities has centered primarily on soccer and STUGO (student government). Christian Service hours have been spent with Youth Core in Greensburg, and serving as family group leader. The Full-Tuition Scholarship has given Hunter a chance to go to college and afford to go into little to no debt compared to other colleges. It has made the stress about being able to afford college a lot less and allowed him to enjoy hanging out with his friends more. His favorite Bible verse is I Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply; because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Hunter has not made any set plans for the future yet. He knows he wants to go into finance or accounting, but remains open to whatever doors that God opens up for him.
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
Home Church: Hanson Base Chapel
Cassie Frazier was selected as the Fred and Esther Johnson Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Cassie’s father had searched for information about inexpensive Christian colleges and when word came to them about the billboard advertising the full tuition scholarship they looked up the Mission Statement and Statement of Faith and liked everything they read. Cassie appreciates the small class sizes and her professors. Last semester, she went on Choir tour during fall break where they sang at different churches in Kansas, Colorado, and Idaho and did volunteer work. Cassie enjoys living in such a small community, and finds it easy to get to know people. She holds down three different jobs in addition to her studies; she works at the Welcome Center, the Admissions office and substitute teaches to get experience in the classroom before she graduates. Cassie has enjoyed participation in our theatre productions: “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Mary Poppins”, “Newsies”, and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” In shows where she was busy or could not get a speaking part, she made sure to be involved heavily backstage, which she enjoyed immensely. Christian Service hours have included volunteering with an after-school activity in Greensburg, running sound and slides for chapel and even changed a car battery for someone. Recently Cassie has been serving as a Family Group Leader for Chapel on Thursdays. The Full-Tuition Scholarship has meant that Cassie can attend a Christian college without going into debt. Because her parents are missionaries, she is paying for college on her own. Her scholarship means that she will be able to share the love of Christ with children that need to feel God’s love. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6: 19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Cassie says: “God has not informed me yet where I will teach, if it will be internationally or not. I am looking forward to getting into my classroom and meeting new people.”
Major: Sports & Recreation Ministry
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Home Church: Fairview Methodist
Davion Knight was selected as the Robert Storms Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. He discovered Barclay College while on a college tour that traveled from Oklahoma to Kansas to Colorado. Out of all the schools he toured, he decided to come to Barclay. Davion recommends Barclay College and believes others would enjoy the small college experience that allows one to grow and mature physically, mentally and spiritually. Davion kept busy as member of the men’s basketball team, serving as a family group leader and completed his Christian service hours volunteering his time at Haviland Friends Church with Faithweavers on Wednesday evenings. On the basketball court Davion has the reputation of being one of those guys that players love to play with and hate to play against. He brings fun back to the game while also being incredibly good at it. This season he eclipsed 1000 career points, earned 2nd team all-conference, and 3rd team all-region. The full tuition scholarship has blessed Davion with an opportunity to move along with his studies in college without worrying too much about the finances it would take to pay for school. It has really released some weight off of his shoulders. Davion’s favorite Bible verse is: Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” Davion’s hopes to become a coach in baseball or basketball, the two sports he has real a passion for. Ideally, if he could start his coaching career at the middle school level he feels he can have a positive impact on kid’s lives.
Major: Business Administration / Worship Arts
Hometown: Moran, KS
Home Church: Hope Chapel
Elizabeth Johnson was selected as the Zimmerman Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Liz heard about Barclay college through her parents and siblings who all graduated from Barclay. Her main extra-curricular activities have centered around our theatre productions: Mary Poppins, Newsies, and All Together Now. Liz also is part of a band that leads worship in chapel. She keeps busy through choir singing engagements and leading Family Groups. She also has served at the food bank in Greensburg a few times. The Full-Tuition Scholarship has made it possible for her to attend college at a reasonable price. Liz says, “When I was in high school, I had decided that I would not attend college until I had enough money to avoid going into debt. I am almost through my third year at Barclay College, I have not yet had to take out any student loans. I have a high chance of being able to graduate college with a double major without having to go into debt, which is a HUGE blessing in my life. I will be able to start the next part of my journey without having to worry about paying off my debt, meaning that I can more easily be involved in different ministries right out of college.” Liz’s favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Also all of Psalms 91). There are many different vocational possibilities open to her because there are so many fields she could go into with her business administration degree. She hopes to be able to both help lead worship at a church as well as go into some endeavor in the business field. Some fields that interest her are finance, management, or possibly starting her own business in the future.
Major: Biblical Studies
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Home Church: City’s Edge
Grant Banham was selected as the Connor Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Barclay was recommended to him by current student Caleb Donathan and alumnus Bradley Metcalfe. For several years Grant had strongly desired to attend a Bible college and earn a degree, and only recently has his life been blessed with the time and opportunity to pursue one. Grant says: “Barclay has a surprisingly excellent online program that has thoroughly impressed me. The teachers have all been spectacular, providing plenty of feedback and social engagement that makes me feel right at home. So far I have loved the classwork and studies I’ve been a part of, and it has helped me solidify my desire to pursue a master’s program further down the road.” Grant is active in his home church and community as a youth leader who runs multiple bible study and devotional groups as well as works alongside the other leaders in the day-to-day ministry and organization of the church. He also enjoys playing the piano and guitar, or running board game nights for his friends and family. Christian service is dedicated to the ministries that take place at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway, Oregon as camp counselor and Bible teacher. Grant also serves through the NW Yearly Meeting on the Board of Youth and Young Adults. Grant’s favorite Bible verse is: Romans 3:21-25 “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Grant’s role and responsibilities within his home church is constantly growing. Through God’s leading, Grant is experiencing spiritual maturity through Barclay College, equipping him to begin to take on the ministry God has put in front of him.
Hometown: Whitewater, KS
Hannah Wallace was selected as the Albertson Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Hannah learned about Barclay College from a teacher that her mom works with. Barclay has been a game changer for her life, her heart, and spiritual journey. Hannah says. “I was not expecting the sense of family that I’ve received while attending and have gained a whole new family while here! My only regret is that I didn’t know about Barclay sooner in my life.” When not working full-time or managing her studies as an online student, Hannah is usually in her community volunteering. That includes helping repaint a house, moving a person to a new home and helping gather donations for those in need. Additionally, she has helped with donations to the Emergency Children’s Shelter and continues to help advocate for the shelter’s needs. Hannah’s favorite Bible verse is Job 22: 21-22: “Submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.” Barclay has guided her plans to serve the Lord with all that she has. Her degree will allow her to not only aid those seeking psychological help, but also allow her to offer spiritual guidance as well. Hannah says. “My teachers have been shining examples of what it looks like to be amazing spiritual leaders and I can only pray to be half the leaders that they are.”
Major: Psychology/Family Studies
Hometown: Whittier, California
Home Church: Granada Heights Friends
Kathrine Rodriguez was selected as the Scott Clark Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Kathrine first learned about Barclay when her father told her about it after looking for affordable Christian colleges. When God opened the door for her mom to buy a house only a four-minute walk from campus, she knew this was where she was meant to go.
Kathrine describes her experience at Barclay College as amazing. She says, “God has been so evident here. Even through the tough moments, He still sends a reminder that He is there with me.” Being a part of the choir has been a wonderful experience that truly feels like a family to Kathrine. Christian Service hours have been earned primarily by writing thank you notes to donors. Helping out her home church over the summer is another thing she loves doing; and most recently, she has helped with the concession stand during the play.
The Full-Tuition Scholarship has meant so much to her and her family. It is a relief and a blessing to know that there are people who love and believe enough in the students that attend Barclay College to help them out financially.
Kathrine’s favorite Bible verse is Psalms 40:1-2, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock.”
Kathrine plans to earn her master’s in psychology in order to practice clinical psychology. She is especially interested in working with the elderly. Of course, she hopes He leads her wherever He wants her and to whatever God wants her to do.
Major: Pastoral Ministry
Hometown: Maize, Kansas
Home Church: Central Community
Mason Smith has been selected as the Merle Roe Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Mason learned about Barclay College from Dave Robinson who told him to look into it since he was wanting to be a pastor. Mason has had a great experience at Barclay. The wide variety of denominations and beliefs helped him to think about theological ideas from a different perspective. The instruction in the classroom was also good, with a number of the professors who currently or recently pastored churches which provided practical advice for ministry.
Mason dedicated his Christian service hours to volunteering at his home church in the children’s ministry. The Full-Tuition Scholarship meant that he could go to school and reasonably pay for a semester without amassing a large amount of debt. This benefit means that he can more comfortably move into ministry after college.
Mason’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, “We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes one conceited, but love edifies people. If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.”
Mason plans to pursue a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation, then hopefully will get an associate pastor position while he learns more in ministry. His end goal is to be able to teach while also serving as a congregational care pastor.
Hometown: Swayzee, Indiana
Home Church: Back Creek Friends
Sarah Fitch was selected as the Eva Ellis Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Sarah learned about Barclay College through Kaleo Academy during her junior year of high school. When Sarah talks about her experiences at Barclay she says, “Barclay College has changed my life in more ways than I can explain. The professors who invested in me, classes focused on drawing me closer to the Lord, and a community of believers supporting me every step of the way has made me who I am today. I never would have dreamed of my college years being so challenging and beautiful all at the same time. It’s a place I will hold dearly forever.”
She has participated in Student Government and the theatre program as well as serving as student chaplain. Her Christian Service hours were completed through serving as a family group leader and helping out at Haviland Friends youth group for a time. The Full Tuition scholarship gave Sarah the opportunity to continue her education despite financial hardships within her family. In addition, she was able to enjoy years at Barclay and dedicate herself to building relationships and pursuing her education rather than worrying about her finances.
Sarah’s favorite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you; but will rejoice over you with singing.” Sarah, in response to the Lord’s leading, is planning a career in the pastorate.
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Home Church: NewSpring
Savannah Read was selected as the Faye Wheeler Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Savannah learned about Barclay through an acquaintance in high school. She has been stretched both academically and socially and made some of the best friends she has ever had at Barclay. These new relationships are soul-friends who have anchored her in the Lord and love her despite any flaws. God has humbled her through experiences at Barclay by teaching her what it means to trust Him when she cannot see what may come next. Savannah says: “I have learned to rely on God in a new and fresh way. My theology has been challenged and strengthened as I have learned about higher criticism and exegesis. Being equipped for ministry through education in theology has been incredibly meaningful to me as a woman called to serve. I know that I cannot go to any Christian institution and be respected and equipped for ministry as a woman.”
Savannah stays busy with viola lessons, a performance at the Fall Recital and participation in softball intramurals. She loves supporting her friends by ushering at the theater productions and also serves as a family group leader. Christian Service hours have been completed at NewSpring and Vima churches in Wichita working with youth and children. The Full Tuition Scholarship has been an immense blessing, allowing Savannah to get a quality Christian education in theology and Bible for a fraction of the cost. The uniqueness of this scholarship is that the blessing will not end at graduation, but will continue to impact her future as she pursues a vocation in ministry.
Her favorite Bible verse is I Corinthians 13:12. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” Potential vocational possibilities include various pastoral roles, chaplaincy, or non-profit work.
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Kinsley, Kansas
Home Church: United Methodist
Susan Andersen was selected as the Stan Stark Endowed Scholar for 2021-2022. Susan’s sister Megan came to Barclay a year before her, and she recommended the college to her. The Free Tuition Scholarship made Barclay College a better choice than the other options she considered. The community at Barclay gave Susan friends whom she cares deeply about and has connected her with some of the most kind and accepting people she has ever met. It was the teachers and students at Barclay that motivated her to finish her education at Barclay. Certain aspects of her experience at Barclay have made her wiser and more prepared to handle particular situations. Susan did not participate in extracurricular events, but instead chose to devote time to her studies and friends.
Susan spent the bulk of her Christian service hours volunteering at Novanod Treasures in Kinsley, which also allowed her to complete her practicum with the owner of the store. She also worked to clean Lemmons Auditorium after theatre productions in support of her classmates who dedicate so many extracurricular hours. The Full Tuition Scholarship has been a great way to see how others give back to the college community. Susan says, “Many at the college, including myself, chose Barclay College because of the lesser expense for tuition. Donating and giving back to others allows more options for those who want to further their education while also not having the means to do so.”
Susan’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Susan emphasizes that we live our lives in the world, but not of it; this is the path of living a life that is pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. Worship is not confined to the walls of our sanctuaries; our worship of God is in all that we do, and we should live as such. Through integrity, kindness, and respect, Susan believes one can show others what Christ is like and how we are to treat others. While specific next steps are not finalized, Susan knows that if she mirrors Christ, she is on the right path.