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Rev. James D. Parker Young Leader Scholarship offered for 2018-19

by Hannah Fair, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University is partnering with the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association (FBFA) to provide a three-quarter or potentially full-tuition scholarship for a student from an FBFA church who enrolls at Cedarville.

This Rev. James D. Parker Young Leader Scholarship was established to encourage student leaders from the FBFA and to promote Cedarville University among minority communities.

In 1954, Reverend James D. Parker Sr. was the first black student to apply and enroll at then-Cedarville College. In 2017, Parker’s grandsons, Joe Kornegay and Daniel Brown, enrolled as freshmen at Cedarville.

FBFA churches frequently collaborate with Cedarville University, regularly hosting Cedarville ministry teams.

“We are an institution of higher education, and the learning is enhanced when different groups are brought together for a common purpose,” said Greg Dyson, director of intercultural leadership. “We, as Christians, are called to be known by our love for one another.”

“We believe the Bible. The Bible states that we all came from Adam, that Jesus Christ died on a cross to redeem mankind and that one day every tribe, tongue and nation will serve Jesus together forever in heaven,” said Thomas White, president of Cedarville University. “There is no room in Christianity for racism of any kind. We should love God and one another. For that reason, Cedarville University is honored to commit time and resources into partnerships with faithful groups like the FBFA, which in return will help our campus look more like heaven.”

To apply for the scholarship, visit The scholarship is available to a freshman or transfer student, regardless of major, who enrolls at Cedarville starting fall 2018.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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