Passport, Inc. Announces Scholarship for Passport Summer Staffers

Passport awards nine students the Chester Phelps Passport Seminary Scholarship for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Passport, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are awarding a record number of scholarships in our second year of offering The Chester Phelps Passport Seminary Scholarship. All nine recipients have served on PASSPORT Summer Staff and are pursuing careers in ministry through seminary training.

Passport has awarded a total of $9,000 to be shared between each of the following Passport Summer Staffers: Beth (Rooney) Bailey, Milligan Burroughs, Jonathan Chacko, Laure FitzSimons, Jonathan Hall, Luke Perrin, Meg Rooney, Mackenzie Smith, and Paxton Vaughn.

The Chester Phelps Passport Seminary Scholarship is made possible by a partnership with River Road Church, Baptist through annual budgeted funds, as well as a growing list of donors. As this scholarship became reality, Passport requested to name the scholarship in honor of Rev. Chester Phelps, a career minister at River Road who brought many groups to Passport over the last thirty years. Chester began his time at River Road in 1984 as the Minister to Preschoolers, Children, and Youth. He retired in 2004 as the Minister of Youth, though he returned twice to interim ministry positions in 2012-13, and 2016-17. He received a BA degree from Carson Newman College, and graduate degrees from Kent State University and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. 

With the high cost of seminary, Passport and River Road share the goal of wanting students who are called to ministry to be able to pursue their theological education without undue financial burden. 

The main requirement for recipients is to successfully complete a summer ministering on staff at PASSPORT Camps. 

“We are so proud of these students, and will be praying for them in their seminary journey. We look forward to seeing where God leads them in the days ahead. We are so grateful to River Road Church for helping make this scholarship program possible.” – Rev. David Burroughs, president of Passport, Inc.

Passport is a national non-profit student ministry providing creative summer camp experiences for youth and children, focusing on mission action and education. 

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