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Garrett-Evangelical Announces Commitment to New $500 Tuition Grant

EVANSTON, Ill., March 6, 2009 -- In response to the nation's unprecedented financial difficulties, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is offering a one-time $500 tuition grant for all returning and new full-time students enrolling in the 2009-2010 academic year. The seminary will also maintain the current levels of overall scholarship support.

President Philip A. Amerson announced these financial commitments to students in a letter distributed today to the seminary community.

"Even in the face of significant reductions from our endowment income support, we affirm that our top priority for the future is maintaining support for our students," he wrote.

He also announced in the letter that Seabury-Western Theological Seminary has accepted Garrett-Evangelical's offer to purchase Seabury's library holdings of approximately 100,000 volumes. The acquisition preserves the United Library as one of the nation's top theological collections.

Amerson said Garrett-Evangelical will proceed with initiatives outlined in the strategic plan despite a projected loss of more than $1 million in endowment income by the fall of 2010, requiring reductions in the operating budget.

"We will need to delay some plans and reduce the size of programs and staff," he wrote. "Still, while we may move more slowly, we will move ahead on matters outlined in the strategic plan."

Those goals include:

  • Increasing the number of highly regarded spiritual leaders to serve the church and world
  • Providing exceptional teaching and academic research
  • Creating hospitable teaching/learning environment
  • Better communicating the reach and richness of the seminary

Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology of The United Methodist Church founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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