Vennard Gilmore Scholarship Recipients

2017 Scholarship Recipients

 
Emily Desler
 

“I have a love for children and a passion for teaching and watching elementary children grow and learn. I have been working with young children since I was in junior high and two summers ago I worked at Camp War Eagle as a counselor. I love every opportunity I am given to interact and help them develop. This past summer I taught English to students in Lithuania. It was a life changing experience as a teacher as I learned how to reach students at a variety of ages and levels. After I graduate I plan on pursuing a career as an elementary teacher and I am praying that I will be given opportunities to teach overseas. My past three years in the education department have helped me improve my patience, organization, furthered the love I have for children and strengthen my belief that God has called me to care for and teach his children. I hope to use my degree not only to further student’s minds, but show God’s love to them through my daily actions in the classroom.”

   
Katie Doll
 

"I am pursuing a degree in Educational Ministries with minors in business and intercultural studies. My passion is still missions and reaching people wherever God may call me! I hope to work in the church to help further people's relationships with God along with personally growing closer to him every day!"

   
LaVonne Foix
 

“Through my church, I heard about entire sanctification, and around junior high sought and received that deeper work and consecration. I was also getting the idea that whatever I was going to be when I “grew up” was going to be in ministry, helping people spiritually.  This call to ministry was confirmed in high school, as I prayed about my future and found myself often in a role of spiritual guidance and even leading Bible studies with my peers and seeing some make commitments to Christ.  So I went to Vennard College, and with God’s help, got a degree and a husband.  Over the years of being in ministry, I have discovered my spiritual gifts (including mercy, exhortation, and teaching) and personality strengths more, which, along with some personal experiences, seem to suit me well for pastoral counseling. God has grown in me a heart for those who are broken, hurting and lonely, and a desire to help them find healing and God’s great love and purpose for them.  I tend to find myself in counseling-type situations, and have been told by trusted Christians that this is something I should pray seriously about pursuing.  I believe that getting further training in this area is how God is leading me and would be good stewardship of my gifts, passions, and opportunities.”

 
Kylie Johnson
 

“Currently I am attending Olivet Nazarene University and pursuing my BS in electrical engineering. As a Christian engineer, it is always a challenge to sort out faith versus facts. My ultimate goal though is to glorify God in everything I do, whether it be in playing violin music, studying, working, or running.  Currently, I am training for a 25K race in May. It occurs to me that training for this race can also be a metaphor for my spiritual journey. I must train regularly so that I am in condition to perform, in the same way that spending time studying the Word is something that must be done consistently if our lives are to reflect our beliefs. In the future, I see myself using the gifts God has given me to become an Engineer. After graduating college, I hope to find a personally-fulfilling job in the engineering field that lets me use my new new-found knowledge to help impact the world in a positive way. I pray that God can use me and my gifts to further the kingdom of God. ”







2016 Scholarship Recipients

 
Emily Desler
 

"I have a love for children and a passion for teaching and watching elementary children grow and learn. I have been working with young children since I was in junior high and this past summer I worked at Camp War Eagle as a counselor. I love every opportunity I am given to interact and help them develop. After I graduate I plan on pursuing a career as an elementary teacher and I am praying that I will be given opportunities to teach overseas. My past two years in the education department have helped me improve my patience, organization, furthered the love I have for children and strengthen my belief that God has called me to care for and teach his children."

   
Kylie Johnson
 

"I would like to study chemical engineering or some branch of engineering in college.  I pray God can use me and my talents to affect other lives for the better.  With time and practice, God has given me the talent to play the violin.  I hope my talents can glorify the Lord with each new chapter of my life.  I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me and my future."

 
Aaron Mast
 

"I am currently a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Trine University in Indiana. As a student at a secular college there are many struggles that I have to face every day, but there are also an abundance of opportunities to share the gospel and serve others right here on campus.  I knew for sure that I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. I knew since I was very young that I wanted to one day study that, so I did. I applied to a few colleges, but ultimately chose Trine University. Trine is not affiliated with any churches, and I knew that going in. I was prepared for what I thought college would be like. Before I went off to college, we had been studying in our youth group about how many Christians lose their faith when they go off to college. I knew that I needed to find and plug myself into a group of believers as soon as I got to Trine. Thankfully, I found Christian Campus House (CCH). They are an organization whose vision is to empower students to impact the world for Christ, and they have been doing that for the last thirty years at Trine. I may be leaving here with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but I am also leaving with something far more valuable:  a stronger faith and a desire to serve Christ. Because of that, I would like to keep working with CCH next year and many years after that."






2015 Scholarship Recipients

 
Kaytlyn Hatch
 

I am currently attending Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN to finish my Senior year as a Liberal Studies Major concentrating in Music, Christian Ministry and Art. I work at Summit Church as the Connections Director and love how God has give me opportunities to serve in ministry. As a newly wed, I am blessed by this financial support that makes continuing my education to serve the Lord possible. The alumni of Vennard continue to encourage students who are committed to the work of our God, thank you. 
Blessings, Kaytlyn Hatch

   
Elise Roehl
 

My name is Elise Roehl. I am a proud second generation Vennard Alum. Both my parents, my sister, and my brother-in-law all graduated from Vennard College.  I had the unfortunate honor of being a part of the final graduating class in December of 2008.  After a five year educational hiatus, God led me back in to the world of academia. I now attend University of Northwestern-St Paul working on a Master of Organizational Leadership degree. When I agreed to follow God's leading back to school, I prayed "Okay, God I'm ready to do this and I don't want to take out anymore loans. So, please help me figure out how to pay for this." Through a serious of blessings (some exciting, some unfortunate), God provided most of the money I would need to complete my program without taking out a loan. The amount the Alumni Association granted me for scholarship ended up being the exact amount I needed! Praise God!  i am eternally grateful for my Vennard education and to this board for helping me accept God's challenge.

2016 update -
Elise has earned her Masters in Organization Leadership. Congratulations Elise!
 





2014 Scholarship Recipients

 
Kayte Miller
 
This past year I graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with my Associate's in Music. This fall I am attending Bethel College to finish my Bachelor's degree to become a worship pastor. I would like to thank the Vennard College Alumni Association for your prayers and financial support as I continue in following God's plan in my life.
   
Kirk Bagby
 

I believe that God has called me to be a teacher at a Christian college or seminary. Thus, I am earning my BA in Communications with Christian Education at Kentucky Mountain Bible College to prepare me for seminary.  Once I graduate in May of 2015, I intend to work for KMBC and perhaps earn an MA in Christian Apologetics online from Wesley Biblical Seminary.   I have also considered taking online classes from Asbury Seminary.  Wherever God leads me after graduation, the VCAA Scholarship has greatly helped me complete my education at KMBC.  Thank you very much!

   
Suzannah Zimmer  
I will attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK, where I plan to play on the basketball team and major in Social studies with a Pre-Legal emphasis. My hope is to become a constitutional lawyer, where I can someday defend the rights and privileges of Christians that are increasingly under threat from our government.  
   

David Bagby

 

I praise the Lord for receiving a VCAA scholarship! I appreciate how it will help me in my education at Kentucky Mountain Bible College. I believe that God has called me to preach, and I am majoring in Pastoral Ministries. When I graduate in May 2015, I plan to pursue a masters degree while continuing in ministry. Thank you again, VCAA, for the scholarship! 






2013 Scholarship Recipients

 
David Bagby

"I praise the Lord for receiving a VCAA scholarship! It will greatly help me as I follow God's will at Kentucky Mountain Bible College. I believe that God has called me to preach, and I am majoring in Pastoral Ministries while involved in prison ministry, Pro-life ministry, and local church ministries. Thank you for the scholarship!" 
 
   
Kirk Bagby

"I believe that God has called me to be a teacher at a Christian college or seminary.  Thus, I am earning my BA in Communications with Christian Education at Kentucky Mountain Bible College to prepare me for an MA in seminary.  Afterwards, I wish to teach at KMBC.  Wherever God opens the door for me to teach, the VCAA Scholarship has helped me reach that calling.  Thank you very much!" 
 
   
Kayte Miller

"I am attending Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan this fall. I plan to graduate from SMC with an associate’s in music and then transfer to Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana to graduate with a bachelor’s to obey God’s calling as a Worship Pastor. Thanks to the alumni of Vennard, I am one step closer to that goal."
 





2012 Scholarship Recipients
   
David Bagby

"It is such a blessing to be a recipient of the VCAA scholarship. I am very thankful for how it will help fund my education. I am pursuing God's call into full-time ministry, majoring in Pastoral Ministries at Kentucky Mountain Bible College."
  Bagby
   
Chase Cleveland

"I am very thankful for this award."
Chase will be attending Northwestern College.
  Cleveland





2011 Scholarship Recipients
   
Kendra Alspach

"I'd just like to express my thanks to the alumni of Vennard for this scholarship. It will help out with my educational expenses as I continue to seek God's will for my life." Kendra is attending Emmaus Bible College.
  Alspach
   
Andrew Mast

"It is a privilege to have received the Vennard Gilmore Scholarship. I will be preparing for youth and camping ministries. I'm looking forward to what God will show me in the next few years." Andrew is attending Kentucky Mountain Bible College.
  Mast