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Christian Service

Christian Service Organization scholarships are awarded to those students preparing for full-time Christian vocational service. Scholarship Award amounts vary up to 30% of tuition depending upon the student’s demonstrated financial need.

The Need

The challenge for funding theological education for ministry excellence is great. Students and their families face economic pressures that require an ever-strengthening commitment for the Christian community to provide the resources to undergird the preparation for ministry in service to the Kingdom of God. With your help, the Christian Service Organization has provided a foundation of support for those preparing for ministry for over two generations.

CSO provides scholarship assistance to students preparing for fulltime Christian vocational ministry. It began in 1971 when two members of the Gardner-Webb family, Dr. J. Thurman Lewis and the Reverend Charles W. “Buddy” Freeman captured a vision to provide financial assistance for students preparing for ministry. That dream gave birth to an organization of individuals, businesses, and churches who shared their passion for assisting students in preparing for ministry.

Today scholarship assistance is provided for undergraduate students preparing for ministry and students in the School of Divinity. Recipients must be students preparing for fulltime Christian service who exhibit exemplary moral character.

How it Works

Contributions are placed in the Christian Service Organization endowment. Interest earned from this endowment provides scholarship assistance to students. Gifts to the CSO are diverse. They have been cash, stocks, real estate, or other appreciated assets. Estate gifts and/or gifts of trusts provide opportunities for CSO members to be stewards of their resources beyond their lifetimes for the training of ministers for the future.

Your Involvement

Through your support and membership, CSO is continuing to grow and prosper and has become the single largest scholarship endowment at Gardner-Webb University. For over 45 years, together we have supported, nurtured, and equipped students to fulfill their callings into fulltime Christian ministries.

We encourage you to consider helping these future ministers. CSO Membership is open to individuals, churches, and businesses sharing the vision of the CSO. The annual membership cost is $100. You may also join CSO through a planned gift such as an Annuity, Charitable Trust, Estate Plan, or memorial gift.

If you are already involved, we encourage you to bring new members to CSO. One easy way to do that is through inviting a guest to upcoming CSO events and letting them see for themselves how CSO continues to bless the lives of so many students.

For further information about the Christian Service Organization, contact Aaron Hinton by phone at 704-406-4101  opens in a new windowor by email.