November 29, 2022
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A message of gratitude from Saint Paul student Kayla Meredith...
"In 2015, as a 40 something-year-old, I became a local licensed pastor in the Missouri Annual Conference, which was not something I would have ever dreamed I would do in my life. In fact, when I was in my late 20's I went back to graduate school full-time (MAE in Counseling) and switched careers, thinking this would be the "best" time to do that before I get married and have a family, so I did. I incurred debt through that educational experience but was able to pay it off over the next several years. And then 15 plus years later...a call to ministry came to fruition and mostly due to expenses, I started in course of study with the United Methodist Church rather than seminary. After just 3 classes, I realized that Course of Study wasn't for me, and I was yearning to go to seminary and pursue ordination. However, this point in my life, married with 4 kids, I didn't have the margin for paying for seminary, nor did I want to incur a financial debt, when I have 4 kids who will hopefully pursue their own education in a few years. I knew seminary was the right fit for my learning style and I felt called to go through ordination, so I took a leap of faith and enrolled for the Fall of 2018. Three years later, I am still taking courses, part-time, and all credit due to the Missouri Foundation, St. Paul and other amazing organizations that am I able to say that I do not have any student loan debt. This is 100% due to the scholarships I have received over the years. I am eternally grateful for the financial support that I have been blessed to have been given and it is a joy to be able to pursue a MDiv degree and ordination one day! I can say with confidence that I would not be where I am at today without the financial support through scholarships. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of the saints who have left a legacy of love through endowments that continue to support people in their call to ministry today!! The scholarships that I have received have made a huge difference in my life. I can focus on learning and growing in my faith and my call, while not worrying about the burden of a financial strain through the process! Thank you!"
Every Dollar Makes a Difference
Many of us do not think much about our yearly charitable giving until sometime after Thanksgiving. However, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed into law last year, offers incentives to donors to make plans now for their 2021 philanthropic activity. Learn More