Partnership between SBACS and Cedarville University Benefits Students

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Cedarville University and the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) of Windermere, FL have agreed on a partnership that will benefit high school students who seek a Christ-centered university. The announcement was made jointly by Jeremy Ervin, Ph.D., dean of education for Cedarville, and Ed Gamble, executive director of the SBACS. The partnership, which begins today, will be re-evaluated in July 2014.

“The goal of this partnership is to help students who are affiliated with Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools the opportunity to receive a first-rate education at a premier university that is committed to Christ’s teaching,” said Gamble. “We are very pleased to partner with Cedarville for potential undergraduate students and hope to discuss options for graduate-level students in the near future.”

The partnership will provide two full-tuition undergraduate scholarships to SBACS-member high school graduates who enroll as new students for the fall 2014 semester. The scholarships are renewable and may be used for eight semesters of coursework provided the student is enrolled full-time and is in good standing at the University. 

The scholarships will be based on the application, and the academic credentials, an essay, and the personal testimony of the applicant. The essay must address the importance of Christian higher education.

According to the partnership, SBACS will help identify students who are excellent admissions prospects. It will also disseminate information about the agreement through its various marketing channels.

“The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools has done an exceptional job over the years of helping young students excel in their coursework,” said Jeremy Ervin, Ph.D., dean of Cedarville’s School of Education. “As an educational leader, I look forward to teaching students who come to Cedarville as a result of this partnership.”

Cedarville University and SBACS will continue discussions about possible partnerships for graduate school education. The first initiative is likely to be with the University’s Master of Education program.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at