CIU has established a scholarship in
honor of “The Charleston Nine,” the
parishioners of Emanuel A.M.E. Church
in Charleston, South Carolina who died
in a shooting at their church last June.
A.M.E. church members who enroll for
graduate studies at CIU are eligible for
CIU President Dr. Bill Jones says the CIU
family “desires that this small effort honor
the victims of this incident and reflect our
heartfelt sympathy for the families of the
A $20,000 endowment has been
established to create the permanent
$1,000 annual scholarship.
For more information on the scholarship,
contact the CIU Admissions Office at
(803) 807-5024 email@example.com.
McQuilkin Scholarship Winner: “The theology is
so solid at CIU.”
Esther Mallard was in the local
Barnes & Noble in her town of
Greensboro, North Carolina doing
homework when her cell phone
showed an incoming call from
the 803 area code that includes
Columbia, South Carolina. She
figured she better take the call.
“Are you serious?” she shouted to
Columbia International University
President Dr. Bill Jones was on the phone to let Esther know she was the winner
of the annual R.C. McQuilkin full-tuition scholarship.
“I said it relatively loud, especially for Barnes & Noble,” Esther recounted. “I
had some people turning around and laughing because I was real loud.”
Esther was one of 65 high school seniors who competed in the McQuilkin Event
Nov. 12-14. They were judged as they took part in intense interview sessions, fun
group activities and social scenarios with the full-tuition scholarship and two $2,500
scholarships on the line.
Esther first learned of CIU through her youth pastor, John Freeman, a 2001 graduate
of CIU. But she has gotten even more familiar with the school through her brother,
Daniel, a CIU senior and soccer player who, in 2012, was the first athlete to sign a
letter of intent to play in CIU’s new intercollegiate athletics program.
(See page 22.)
She has not decided on what her major will be at CIU, but says she is “just really
looking forward to being taught, especially about the Bible.”
“The theology is so solid at CIU,” Esther said. “I want to be involved in ministry. CIU
would give me some amazing tools to have in my toolbox for ministry both now and
after college. I just can’t wait. I think it is going to be so awesome.”
Fun at the McQuilkin
Event: “The McQuilkin