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New Servant Leader Scholarship

Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy is excited to offer a $13,000 annually renewable Servant Leader Scholarship to qualifying incoming students who are interested in the department’s Theology and Public Leadership degree. This award is made possible by multiple privately endowed scholarships given over the years from our loyal donors. 

Students who are selected for the Servant Leader Scholarship will receive up to $13,000* each year up to four years as long as they remain in good standing within the degree program.

Recipients will be incoming students who have been accepted into Augsburg, plan to major in Theology and Public Leadership, demonstrate a proven track record of leadership, exhibit Christian faith, and can articulate a call to ministry leadership within or alongside the church.

In order to apply for the scholarship, all applicants must be admitted to the University and submit all scholarship application materials by March 25, 2022.  All applicants will be interviewed in April and final notice of selection will be issued by April 25, 2022.

If you have already applied and been accepted to Augsburg University, then you will find this scholarship information in your student portal. Follow this link to the scholarship information in your portal. If you have not already applied and been accepted to Augsburg University, then that is your first step. Apply for admissions here.

Once all application materials have been received you will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute Zoom interview with members of the selection committee. 

Application materials and all questions can be directed to Dr. Jeremy Myers at

*Maximum Augsburg Aid Policy: The combination of any Augsburg gift aid, along with a student’s federal and state grants, cannot exceed the cost of Augsburg University tuition and direct fees.

Introducing Adrienne

Adrienne Kuchler Eldridge '02Adrienne joined the CCV staff in Fall 2019 as the Theology and Public Leadership Program Associate. She wears three very important hats at Augsburg: coordinating the TPL undergraduate degree, directing the summer Augsburg Youth Theology Institute, and managing the Public Church Scholars pathway degree.

The Public Church Scholars five year degree pathway allows students who are called to public church ministry an opportunity to complete a BA in Theology and Public Leadership and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) in five years. In this program students will take a deep dive into theological education, leadership formation, engage in what is means to live and work in community through experiential learning, and prepare to be public leaders in the church. This ministry leadership pathway has been generously funded by the Kern Foundation.

Adrienne has served in many ministry and youth leadership capacities since graduating from Augsburg in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Ministry and a minor in Sociology. Before coming to this position, she served as youth ministry program staff for an urban ministry collaborative in St. Paul, booking agent for a local hip hop artist, assistant camp director for an island camp and retreat center, and served two local charter high schools in administrative leadership and advising capacities primarily supporting students in college and career exploration. In December 2018, she received her MA in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in ethics and leadership from St. Catherine University. In Fall 2019, she also began the exciting journey of teaching undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota in the Leadership Minor program.

Adrienne’s call has always been tied to connecting people and strengthening relationships. As a leader for young people, her work focuses on listening, guiding, and supporting youth in discerning their purpose during transition times in their lives. She has worked with high school students in developing leadership skills, searching for college and career options that fit their purpose, and making connections for putting their purpose into action. She is excited to join CCV and work with undergraduate students as they discern their call to ministry, by growing and developing as strong leaders for the future of the church in our communities.

When she isn’t working, Adrienne loves walking or hiking in parks and woods around the Twin Cities with her family and energetic dog Calvin. Her husband is a middle school music teacher and her kiddo is thoughtful and creative and always has his nose in a book. As a family they enjoy camping, following the latest Star Wars or Avengers stories and media, and making and sharing homemade meals.