The Zollie L. Smith Jr. scholarship is awarded every year to two children of an active U.S. missionary or chaplain. The 2019-2020 recipients are Caleb Ware and Anna Murray.
Caleb Ware is attending Sam Houston State University as a junior this fall. He is the son of MCPD U.S. missionaries, Tim and Rachel Ware. Currently he is pursuing a degree in general business with a dream of starting his own company one day.
The Lord has called Caleb to be a light in the business world. He knows that combining his love of numbers, logistics, and story-telling with a college education will propel him into what God has planned for his life. Caleb realizes the impact that this scholarship has on his education. “This scholarship allows me to focus on school and it takes away the stress and worry of wondering how to pay for it.”
Anna Murray will be attending the University of Michigan as a freshman in the fall. She is the daughter of Chi Alpha U.S. missionaries, Michael and Nicole Murray. Anna’s brother has a rare digestive disease. Watching him grow up and deal with the challenges he faces every day inspired Anna to pursue cellular and molecular biology. Her desire is to one day be part of the team that discovers how the disease starts and to aid in the research that leads to better treatments.
Prior to serving stateside, Anna’s parents were world missionaries. Anna has seen firsthand how God guides us through decisions and the difficulties we face. Growing up in a missionary home, Anna fully believes that all Christians can honor God in their careers. Whatever God calls her to do, she knows she will be able to serve God and other people.
The Zollie L. Smith Jr. scholarship was created to honor the former executive director of U.S. Missions, Zollie L. Smith Jr. He has a desire to see students pursue the call of God on their lives. This award allows the recipients to follow their calling.
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