Scholarships for Children of IMB Missionaries


Criswell College announces full-tuition scholarships for children of IMB missionaries

Dallas, Texas, May 18, 2011 –

At the May 20th International Meeting Board meeting in Richmond, VA, Criswell College launched a “Great Commission” initiative that is causing excitement. Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President of Criswell College, announced that the college is making full-tuition scholarships available to the children of career missionaries employed by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.He provided further explanation, “We had been praying about a way that we might thank and encourage those who daily give so much to the Lord and His work. In light of that, we are excited to announce that beginning with the Fall semester of 2011, any children of career missionaries employed by the IMB willreceive a four-year full-tuition scholarship to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at Criswell College. We want to partner with our missionaries by continuing the training they have given their children, providing them with a solid college education that emphasizes Scripture, theology, missions, evangelism, and the Christian worldview.” Dr. Johnson continued, “It is also our hope that we might demonstrate to those belonging to the SBC that we are committed to the Great Commission Resurgence and will do what we can to advance this vision.”

In addition to applying and being accepted to Criswell College, any student who wishes to receive this scholarship must provide the Criswell College business office with a letter signifying their parents’ involvement with the International Mission Board.  They will then have “free reign to benefit from all Criswell College has to offer,” said Joe Thomas, Criswell’s Director of Admissions.

However, Criswell College doesn’t assume that the children of missionaries will be the only ones to benefit from this scholarship; Criswell will benefit as well. Dr. Jim Pritchard, Chairman of both the Boards of Trustees, at Criswell College and the International Mission Board, points this out when he states, “This is such a positive opportunity for everyone involved.  It is positive for our missionaries in that it provides great financial relief in their kids’ education, and it is an education that is of the highest quality available anywhere.  It is positive for Criswell College in that it is a service to our Lord and these MK’s who come to Criswell will enhance and bless the school.  I am excited about this development.”  Dr. Tom Elliff, President of the International Mission Board, said, “I am grateful that Criswell College is providing full-tuition scholarships for children of missionaries. It is always such an encouragement when one of our excellent Baptist institutions affirms their love and support for missions in this manner. Thank God for this decision. . .”

Criswell College, an accredited Christian college and graduate school in Dallas, Texas, is currently celebrating its fortieth anniversary. The leadership of the school is excited as they look forward to the next forty years, continuing to follow Dr. W. A. Criswell’s vision: training men and women to make an impact on their world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. More information can be found at

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