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Evangel University Creates New Scholarship Opportunity for African American Students

Evangel University now offers a new full-tuition scholarship for African American students.

Beginning this fall, Evangel University will offer the Bob and Marilyn Harrison Emerging Leaders Scholarship to help ensure educational access and success for African American students. Funded by generous donors, the new endowed scholarship will provide full tuition for one student.

“I am so pleased that Evangel University is launching the Bob and Marilyn Harrison Emerging Leaders Scholarship for a deserving African American undergraduate student and with the enthusiastic support of the Harrison family,” said Evangel President Carol A. Taylor.

“Bob and Marilyn Harrison provide an inspirational and aspirational model of perseverance, forgiveness, extraordinary global ministry impact, and racial reconciliation for today’s aspiring young African American leaders. I was delighted that our Board of Trustees joined me in endorsing the scholarship and providing the initial funding to build this endowed scholarship fund.”


The scholarship is named after Bob Harrison, a pioneering African American minister and his wife, who spent their ministry in the Assemblies of God. It offers a full-tuition award in combination with other federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships and will be awarded to an African American student intending to pursue an undergraduate degree at the university.

“I commend Evangel University for this inclusive, sacrificial, and progressive step towards educational access and equity for a deserving African American student,” said Bishop Walter Harvey, president of the Assemblies of God National Black Fellowship. “This scholarship will perpetually help launch the next generation of world changers.”

Every year, Evangel University awards over $19 million in a variety of endowed and other scholarships, and over $900,000 in scholarships and institutional aid specifically to African American students.

“The Bob and Marilyn Harrison Emerging Leaders Scholarship is the ongoing legacy of a couple who touched lives for Christ all over the world,” said Dr. Samuel Huddleston, assistant superintendent of the Northern California-Nevada district of the Assemblies of God. “The recipient of this scholarship must be committed to furthering Bob and Marilyn’s heart for all people. I pray that the recipient of this scholarship will live and lead up to the standards the Harrisons left for us to follow.”

More information is available on the school's website. The deadline to apply for this scholarship for consideration for the fall 2020 semester is July 31, 2020. The deadline to apply for consideration for the fall 2021 semester is March 1, 2021.

PHOTO: Bob Harrison (left) with Evangelist Billy Graham.