College Partner: Friends University

Most universities have a similar mission—to graduate students with elite academic achievement, top test scores, and improved social standing. This mission among most schools is typical; it’s good too. Many people who attend most universities achieve great things. Some even change the world. But something seems to be missing in this mission.

What about the spirit? How do universities care for the spirit? How do they provide the tools to stretch and grow the very core of who we are? Well, most people don’t place the need for students’ spiritual growth on the shoulders of the university itself. At Friends, however, we reject this notion. Here, we see the image of God in everyone, and we take that responsibility head-on. To care for the spirit is our number one priority. And while we have graduate students with excellent academic achievement and social skills to match, it’s impossible to ignore the importance of a healthy, nurtured spirit.

Our Campus pastors, along with the campus ministries team lead multiple programs that tend to the spirit. From a weekly chapel with student-led worship to yearly mission trips, or even an on-campus student ministries lounge (with coffee), there is no shortage of student resources to grow the spirit. Not to mention our campus Christian Formation and Ministry degree. What more perfect way is there to grow in the spirit than to study it as a major? Friends takes this seriously.

Again, most people don’t require universities to take specific steps to care for the soul of each human. Universities leave spiritual growth to the individual, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a university that stepped in to help. But Friends University holds itself to a higher standard—a standard not set by people, but by God. And that’s what makes the difference.

Friends University, a Christian university of Quaker heritage in Wichita, Kansas is offering first-time freshmen and transfer students a $2,500 scholarship for Summit Ministries alumni.

This scholarship is renewable for up to four years, as long as the student remains in good standing at Friends University. Students must apply and be accepted, and then show proof of participation in a Summit Ministries Conference. For visit days and events, check out our website.