By Amanda Wells
Timaru accountant Allan Hubbard, and his wife Jean, are funding significant scholarships for Presbyterian ministry students.
The McMillan Hubbard Charitable Trust will provide $100,000 a year to support students at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.
Principal the Right Rev Dr Graham Redding says the money will be used to provide financial support for foundation students, who are students completing their theological studies prior to entering the ministry internship programme. At the moment, foundation students receive no support from the Church.
Some of the money will also be used to provide financial assistance to parishes hosting interns.
Allan and Jean say the scholarships are a worthwhile cause to support. They will be known as the Carrick Crombie Scholarships, after two of their close friends, both of whom were Presbyterian and, like Allan, were associated with Knox Church and the Knox Scout Group in Dunedin.
Allan says the scholarships commemorate lifelong friend Les Carrick, who was an elder at Knox and involved in the Boy Scout movement, and Ray Crombie, who was Allan’s old Scout master.
Graham says the dollar amount allocated each year to individual students and parishes will depend on a variety of factors, including the number of theology students and interns in the system, and the circumstances pertaining to each individual situation. For example, a full-time theology student will receive a higher level of support than a part-time student.
The ongoing donations are “a significant boost for the work of the Knox Centre,” Graham says.
“We are most grateful to the Hubbards for their generous support. I hope other people will be encouraged by their example to contribute to the formation and development of our Church’s future ministers and leaders.”
The first scholarships will be awarded in 2009, and are in addition to the grant assistance already provided by the Presbyterian Savings and Development Society.
At GA08, Graham announced new music scholarships at the Centre that have been funded by trusts and benefactors. There will be six scholarships each year for young musicians, made up of a $500 cash award plus a two-day, expenses-paid workshop at the Knox Centre with input from Presbyterian musicians Malcolm Gordon and Darryl Tempero.
There will also be $2000 each year available for musical projects, such as financing a demo or a tour. The final aspect of the music funding is a song-writing contest with a prize of $500 and constructive feedback given on every entry.