One of the most rewarding gift options at Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary is scholarship funds. Investors who donate to our Student Support Fund contribute to education, as well as leadership development. You will be able to follow the progress of recipient students as they learn and grow. It is an unforgettable way of giving and when you hear from students, you’ll be fully persuaded that your gift is a personal victory you share with scholarship recipients.
Our goal is to provide opportunities—within and outside of the classroom setting—that will help make a student’s dreams become realities. Scholarship awards, based on financial need and outstanding academic performance, are an integral part of this goal. Our scholarships are not handouts, but a means of rewarding deserving students who demonstrate strong academic and leadership qualities. Students who qualify, based on need, can become the first generation college graduates in their families. Together these qualifiers build our population of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who have a common goal of a Christian education.
Here are a few of the endowed Scholarships in place to bless students:
Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship
The Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship fund for nursing students has been established by Nyack College/ATS Trustee, Dr. Carolyn Tonge, in memory of her mother, Cassilda Downs. Mrs. Downs passion for the profession came together in a nursing career that lasted for all the working years of her lifetime. She was committed to serving God and serving others.
Paul L. Liljestrand School of Music Scholarship
Dr. Paul Liljestrand’s impact on the School of Music is legendary. During his tenure at Nyack, beyond his role as an educator, he was a mentoring and loving presence for students and faculty alike. A graduate of the Julliard School and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, he was the conductor of the Nyack College Chorale and presented the group to an international audience, which included performances in Ukraine, East Berlin, Poland, France, and Spain. Under his leadership, the Chorale performed at two iconic venues—Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
Dr. John F Taylor Memorial
Dr. John F. Taylor, a Nyack College legend, devoted his life to the service of God and others. His commitment to higher education and the development of emerging leaders marks his legacy. Dr. Taylor received a diploma at Nyack Missionary College in 1943; a B.A. in 1945 from Wheaton College and an M.A. in 1947 from Wheaton Graduate School of Theology. His B.D. was earned at Southern Baptist Seminary and a Ph.D. was completed at New York University in 1966.
Craig Ellison Scholarship
The Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC) began as a concept in 1982 with Dr. Craig Ellison’s vision for a master’s level counseling program that had the ability to train future counselors to address the psychospiritual needs of hurting people in the church, on the mission field, in the city, and in the community. Dr. Ellison was known as a highly gifted, active, and proliﬁc Christian psychologist. In his professional career, Dr. Ellison wore many hats, among them psychology professor, author, clinician, researcher, and radio show host (“Perspectives on Personal Living”).
Students are notified of the different endowed scholarships through an online application that is sent to them at the beginning of the spring semester. Applications must be submitted annually as award amounts vary from year to year. Please see the Office of Student Financial Services for specific deadlines; awards become effective for the following academic year.
If you are interested in learning more about giving to scholarship funds, you may contact our College Relations Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 646.378.6151.