Agees Aid Christian Studies Students
BC students studying for a career in Christian ministry now have access to more financial aid.
February 8, 2011
Bluefield College alumnus Dan Agee (second from left) and his wife, Carolyn (second from right), create a scholarship to support BC Christian ministry students, while President David Olive (far right) and Associate Vice President for Advancement Annette Tabor look on.
Students at Bluefield College studying for a career in Christian ministry now have access to even more financial aid to help fulfill their calling, thanks to a scholarship established by alumnus Danny Agee and his wife, Carolyn.
A non-traditional student, Agee came to Bluefield College from Roanoke, Virginia, in 1971 after working for Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals. Married with a 15-month-old daughter, Agee's wife gave birth to their second child, a son, during his first year of study at BC.
Having experienced additional challenges, particularly financial, of being a married student with children, Agee decided to give back to his alma mater by creating a scholarship to aid students with financial hardships.
"Bluefield College looked at me like radar looks through the fog to see what the eye cannot see and exercised faith in allowing me to enroll," said Agee. "Carolyn and I want to exercise our faith in others who follow so that they can have the opportunity to fulfill their calling. The cost of following Christ is high enough without the added financial burden of student loans. If this scholarship relieves some of the burden of following Christ in ministry, then Carolyn and I have heard and responded to God's call to help others."
Agee graduated from Bluefield College with an associate's degree in 1973 and went on to Radford University in Virginia and later Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, before beginning a career in Christian ministry.
His ministry has included serving as a houseparent for a Virginia Baptist Children's Home, pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton, West Virginia, and director of evangelism for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. He also served 38 years in the military, where he was a chaplain for 26 years, including active duty stints in Desert Storm, Germany, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Korea.
"Dan has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to Christian service and a dedication to Christian ministry," said BC's Ruth Blankenship, vice president for advancement, "and this scholarship continues to demonstrate his willingness to serve others."
A resident of Callaway, Virginia, Agee is a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, the highest award given to a non-combat soldier, and the Bluefield College Delgado Christian Service Award for outstanding service and Christian character. He also currently serves as president of BC's Alumni Association.
The Danny and Carolyn Agee Annual Scholarship for Education is designed to support students, preferably married students, who without financial assistance might not otherwise be able to attend college. Recipients of the scholarship are to be students who plan to pursue a career in Christian ministry. First preference will be given to a married Christian studies student with children, second to a married student with no children, and third to single students pursuing a Christian vocation. Final consideration will go to any student at Bluefield College.
"I came to Bluefield College with a strong personal belief system, but not a lot to support what I believed," said Agee. "Bluefield College, without apology, taught me in a way that I was able to build a framework around my own belief system. Bluefield, in spite of past struggles, has maintained that same commitment to Christian higher education. Carolyn and I want to say 'thank you' to Bluefield College and provide for the future of a great institution of learning. This scholarship will hopefully provide, in some small way, for the future."
Candidates for the scholarship also must have at least a cumulate "B" grade average in high school courses and/or demonstrate through personal testimony a call to Christian ministry. They must also maintain a cumulate "B" grade average throughout their college courses.
Students interested in applying for the Agee Scholarship should contact the Bluefield College Financial Aid Office at 276-326-4604. Alumni, family and friends who wish to honor the Agees by contributing to the scholarship fund or who may be interested in establishing their own scholarship in honor or in memory of someone should call the BC Advancement Office at 276-326-4209.