NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – A United Methodist chaplain and his wife have donated $100,000 to the Special Seminary Scholarship Fund to help those seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Office of Loans and Scholarships, Board of Higher Education and Ministry, will administer the fund. Income from the donation will generate two additional $2,000 scholarships each year.

“I was able to graduate from seminary with no debt because of scholarships, and my wife and I wanted to help others do that,” he said. They asked that the donation remain anonymous.

The Special Seminary Scholarship Fund, created in 2006 with a $2.25 million transfer from earnings on investments of loan funds, is used for seminary students 30 and under who are planning to be ordained as clergy in The United Methodist Church. An additional $1 million was added to the fund in 2007 from earnings on investments, bringing the balance to $3.25 million. Between 65 and 70 scholarships of $2,000 are awarded each year from the fund.