Disciples News Service

John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund for Prophetic Living, Teaching and Preaching

 Grogan  Nixon  Shenko  Shue

John McCaw’s life has been devoted to helping students succeed through his work at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. Now his legacy and that of his late wife, Maxine, will reach even further into the future: They have endowed a scholarship to equip future generations of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) preachers to proclaim the prophetic Gospel.

The John and Maxine McCaw Scholarship Fund for Prophetic Living, Teaching and Preaching, held in trust at the Christian Church Foundation, is providing four divinity students with scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. The recipients of this year’s inaugural award are:

  • Annie Grogan, of Kailua, HI, who will attend Brite Divinity School
  • Andrew Shue, of Ayden, NC, who will attend Lexington Theological Seminary
  • James Shenko of Nashville, TN, who will be in the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University
  • Brian Nixon, of Fort Worth, TX, who will attend Brite Divinity School.

The scholars must complete an application process and are selected by representatives of the College of Regional Ministers. Scholarship recipients must pledge to live a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a healthy diet while abstaining from the use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages; be responsible in their personal financial practices; and demonstrate a passion for a prophetic lifestyle ministry that seeks to eliminate evil and enhance goodness in human relations and in international relations.

The Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, regional minister of the Christian Church in West Virginia and a member of the advisory team that selected the students, is encouraged by the quality of the scholarship applicants.

“We are blessed with many bright, young and passionate candidates for ministry,” he said. “Thanks to the McCaw gift, some of these will have less financial worry upon completion of seminary.  This will surely bless the church and the world.”  

Recipients must attend Disciples seminaries or Union Theological Seminary in New York. Scholarships are awarded to men and women, regardless of background, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Regional ministers recommend potential scholarship candidates to the McCaw Scholarship advisory committee of the College Regional Ministers.