Southern Evangelical Seminary Offering Needs-Based Scholarships to Students

SES Received Record Dollar Donations in 2020 for ‘Rhoads,’ ‘Norman L. Geisler Memorial,’ ‘Josh McDowell’ and ‘Hugh Ross’ Scholarships

January 19, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— At a time when the future of our nation is unclear, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, isproud to announce that the following needs-based scholarships will be made available to students in 2021: the Rhoads Scholarship, theNorman L. Geisler Memorial Scholarship, theJosh McDowell Scholarship Fundandthe Hugh Ross Scholarship in Scientific Apologetics.

“Over the years, it has become increasingly clear to me that the way we will spell evangelism, discipleship, missions, and Christian education in the 21st century is apologetics,” Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary said. “Among evangelical institutions, SES uniquely infuses classical apologetics and philosophy throughout each of our programs to serve this end. Since its founding in 1992, SES has maintained its dual commitment to evangelism and apologetics. Hundreds of SES graduates are proclaiming and defending the Christian faith from the pulpit, the mission field, on campus, and in the business world. We are grateful to our generous supporters for the opportunity to offer these needs-based scholarships to ensure that more students will have every occasion to excel at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

The Rhoads Scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Ross Rhoads, the co–founder and first president of SES. He was an evangelist, pastor, author, educator, and Christian leader who devoted his life to winning souls for Christ. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to qualified SES students. Ross Rhoads made an immeasurable and lasting impact for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. For years to come, The Rhoads Scholarship will preserve his legacy and help to effectively train others who share his world–sized vision to evangelize the lost and equip the Church.

The Norman L. Geisler Memorial Scholarship is named for SES co-founder and President Emeritus Dr. Norman Geisler in order to help continue Dr. Geisler’s legacy of evangelizing the world and defending the Faith. This fund allows for the possibility of tuition assistance based on the need presented and the discretion of SES.

The Josh McDowell Scholarship Fund is named for Josh McDowell to honor his commitment to the Christian principles and character that have defined his life. SES desires to carry on the legacy of this hero of the Christian faith who has so well personified the apologetics life – commending and defending the truth of Christianity.

The Hugh Ross Scholarship in Scientific Apologetics is named for Dr. Hugh Ross in honor of his commitment to the principles of evangelism and apologetics that have defined his life. Dr. Ross, as an astronomer and pastor, focuses his ministry on harnessing the power of science for evangelism. Founding Reasons To Believe in 1986, Dr. Ross’ desire to communicate that science and faith are, and always will be, allies, not enemies is the basis for RTB’s outreach efforts. He proclaims this message by writing books, recording podcasts, and speaking in many venues. Dr. Ross engages skeptics and equips believers with powerful reasons to believe in the God of the Bible as the Creator and Savior.

Theseneeds-based scholarships are available for degree pursuing students. Scholarship funds are distributed by to qualifying students on the basis of need, ministry, student status, grades, and Christian character. Available funds are distributed near the beginning of each semester.

Submission deadlines for scholarship applications are as follows: Fall Semester – July 1; Spring Semester – December 1; and Summer – April 1. For additional questions contact the Admissions Office at  or (704) 847-5600 x 216.

SES offers the 15-hour Certificate in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE). The PPE can also be used as a concentration within most master’s degrees (excluding M.A.R.).We believe that one must minister to the present generation according to its needs, and to do so with truth and power our students need training in the ethical, political, and economic implications of the unchanging Faith “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This combination of PPE training and classical seminary education can be a potent one in combating the new heresies and false doctrines rooted in a secularist, progressivist worldview.

For more information on SES, visit its website at or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.


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