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CIU Establishes

Charleston A.M.E


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

the scholarship.

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 or



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

the caller.

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.”

Esther Mallard

Fun at the McQuilkin

Event: “The McQuilkin



CIU Today

Winter 2016