BGC Scholarship

BGC Scholarship History and Mission

The Billy Graham Center Scholarship Program (BGCSP) began in 1975, upon receiving generous endowments from stewards who were committed to missions and evangelism.

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The vision from the beginning of the program was to equip key leaders for significant ministry opportunities in order to strengthen the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide. Originally, awards were only available for international leaders, but with the passage of time, the scholarships offered now include those for North American missionaries on furlough, those for individuals preparing for missionary careers outside of North America, those for urban missionaries, and most recently those reserved for Wheaton College graduates who are beginning their missionary careers outside North America.

Since its establishment, the Scholarship Program has been an important aspect of the Billy Graham Center. Over 880 international, furloughing missionary, pre-field missionary candidates and urban ministry students have received advanced degree training from Wheaton College Graduate School, with more than 250 of these recipients being international Christian leaders. For the majority, the dream of an advanced degree leading to a more effective ministry would not have been possible without this financial assistance.

The vision from the beginning of the program was to equip key leaders for significant ministry opportunities in order to strengthen the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide. Originally, awards were only available for international leaders, but with the passage of time, the scholarships offered now include those for North American missionaries on furlough, those for individuals preparing for missionary careers outside of North America, those for urban missionaries, and most recently those reserved for Wheaton College graduates who are beginning their missionary careers outside North America.

Since its establishment, the Scholarship Program has been an important aspect of the Billy Graham Center. Over 880 international, furloughing missionary, pre-field missionary candidates and urban ministry students have received advanced degree training from Wheaton College Graduate School, with more than 250 of these recipients being international Christian leaders. For the majority, the dream of an advanced degree leading to a more effective ministry would not have been possible without this financial assistance.