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 The Kern Scholars Program at George Fox University

The College of Christian Studies is pleased to be a recipient of a substantial grant from the Kern Family Foundation in support of our students pursuing degrees in Biblical Studies. With this grant we aim to provide students with mentorship, excellent teaching, scholarship money, and an accelerated path toward a BA from George Fox University and an MA from Portland Seminary (part of GFU) in five years. Normally, students pursuing a BA + MA degree from a Seminary would take six or seven years, or longer, to achieve both degrees. Students in the Kern Scholars Program will finish the BA degree in Biblical Studies in the normal time frame—four years, or possibly three years if they bring in credits—and then receive substantial credit reduction and a very direct path to receive the MA degree from the Seminary in three semesters. The accelerated path toward both degrees alone could save students tens of thousands of dollars, while the scholarship money awarded to all of our Kern Scholars comes in addition to whatever other scholarship money or financial aid a student receives.  

Students considering careers in Christian ministry, teaching, and service to the Church would be ideal candidates to belong to the growing group of Kern Scholars at GFU. The scholarship support frees our students during summers to take on internships and serve in youth ministries, and the mentorship provided by our faculty ensures that our students feel supported at every level—spiritually, academically, and personally. 

For more information on the College of Christian Studies and the Biblical Studies degree, see the CCS homepage here; for information on our faculty, see the list of professors here; and for more on Portland Seminary and the MA degree, see here

We are currently accepting students into the Kern Scholars program! Students who wish to apply should contact the program director and Chair of the College of Christian Studies, Dr. Brian Doak ( for more details and an application form.