Senior Xen Riggs from Beaverton, Mich. was the first recipient of the Rev. Billie Roy and Pearl Toon Smith Endowed Christian Education Scholarship Award Fund. The $5,400 scholarship was presented to Riggs outside of the Religious Studies Department on Wednesday, March 5.
The Pearl Toon Smith Endowed Memorial Christian Education Lecture Series was funded by Rev. Billie Roy Smith in memory of Pearl who passed away in January, 1995 after 54 years of marriage. Between 1997 and 2007 ten lectureships were conducted.
In March, 2007, the Smith family decided to convert the endowment to a scholarship fund to annually recognize an outstanding senior in Christian Education. A plaque honoring Billie Roy and Pearl Toon Smith was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Dr. Alan Overstreet, who presented the award to Riggs, said, "The lectureship has always supported academic education and the practical life of church. Through this gift, we expect the people who receive it to go on to serve in a manner that is academically reputable and beneficial to the church." [photo: Dr. Alan Overstreet, Christie Smith Stephens, Rev. Billy Roy Smith, Xen Riggs, Dr. James Edwards].
—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.