By: Institute of Lutheran Theology – Updated: 5 days ago

Posted Mar 10, 2021

BROOKINGS – The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT), located in Brookings, has received a $1,550,000 endowment gift to establish the Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is dedicated to addressing the growing need for Lutheran pastors in North America.

The Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established through a bequest from the estate of Knud Grosen of Great Falls, Montana. 

“Knud and his wife Kathrine were long-time friends of ILT,” said Dennis Bielfeldt, president of ILT. “In 2006 when the WordAlone Convention approved starting ILT, Knud Grosen caught me at the door after my convention speech and handed me a check for $1,000 to ‘get it started.’” 

Knud and Kathrine Grosen were members of Christ Lutheran Church in Big Sandy, Montana, for more than 30 years and later at Our Savior’s and Faith Lutheran churches in Great Falls, Montana. The Grosens were concerned for the church that would be inherited by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were especially troubled by the dramatic decline in available pastors to lead that church into the future.

“This gift in honor of Kathrine of $1,550,000 makes scholarships immediately available to Master of Divinity students,” Bielfeldt said. 

The Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund provides academically qualified Master of Divinity students renewable scholarships after completing one-third of their Master of Divinity program. 

“We thank Knud and his family for their generosity and their foresight in insuring that well-educated, faithful Lutheran pastors will fill pulpits in North America in the 21st century and beyond,” Bielfeldt said.

Founded in 2008, ILT is a global leader in online Christian education, delivering programming that emulates the residential classroom experience. The fully accredited college, seminary and graduate school is dedicated to preserve, promote and propagate the classical Christian tradition.

Courtesy of The Brookings Register

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