Endowed Funds & Scholarships

Genevieve M. Gaio Social Justice & Human Rights Scholarship

The Genevieve M. Gaio Social Justice and Human Rights Scholarship was established by Karen Gaio Hansberger in memory of her mother and to reflect her character. Genevieve Gaio was an adventurous soul who loved to travel to exotic places. She was also a generous kind individual who, when she observed need, stepped in to help create realistic and sustainable solutions to problems. Empowerment, human rights and dignity and economic independence were some of her core values. The scholarships are to assist any prospective, current or graduating LSU student whose financial need does not permit participation in international or cross-cultural study and research experiences of a social justice and/or human rights nature as offered by the Stahl Center’s educational tours, student missionary projects and secular or evangelical service internships.


Stahl Scholarship and Research Assistantships Endowment

Ana and Fernando Stahl lived exemplary lives of mission and service to the indigenous people of Peru’s Altiplano. The Stahl Center for World Service of La Sierra University, with matching funds from Dr. Ed Allred, established this fund to encourage students to experience the rewards of serving others in the community and around the world.

Graduate Religion Scholarship

The founders of this scholarship wished to support the School of Religion at La Sierra University and foster an educated pastoral workforce. The founders want to assist graduate students who might not otherwise be able to have a La Sierra University education that will help them more effectively communicate God’s grace and nurture spiritual life and growth in faith in Seventh-day Adventist congregations. 

Edward Heppenstall Scholarship

Born in Rotheram, Yorkshire, England, Edward Heppenstall came to the United States to study. He earned his doctorate of philosophy from the University of Southern California and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Heppenstall came to La Sierra College in 1940 and became a religion professor and chair of the religion department and La Sierra University Church pastor. He also chaired the systematic theology department at the Theological Seminary (now Andrews University), then taught at Loma Linda University until his retirement. His preaching, teaching and writing influence spanned the globe, having taught in colleges and universities on every continent. This endowment has been established to benefit students in the School of Religion at La Sierra University. The Class of 1955 chose to add funds to this scholarship as part of their 50th anniversary gift to the University.

Edward and Mona Ho Scholarship

Edward Ho was born in Canton, China and Mona Chan Ho in Hong Kong. After spending their early days in Hong Kong, they went to Australia, where Edward received his B.S. in Theology and Mona her nursing degree from Avondale College. They later married and traveled to Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he received his Ed.D. in Education Psychology and Counseling. Edward then accepted an invitation to pastor the Loma Linda Seventh-day Adventist Chinese Church, where they serve with distinction today. The young adults of their Church have established this endowed scholarship to assist students of Asian descent at La Sierra University School of Religion to enter pastoral ministry in Asian communities. 

Helma Christina Magnussen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the matured trust of Verna M. Shryock, to honor the memory of her mother, Helma Christina Magnussen. This fund is intended to provide scholarships to worthy students in the College of Arts and Sciences, particularly those studying to work in the gospel ministry or as Bible workers. 

V. Nørskov Olsen Sholarship

Dr. Olsen was born into a devout Lutheran home in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, he was soon the youngest Seventh-day Adventist minister in Europe. After World War II, Nørskov earned his bachelor of divinity degree from Andrews University where he married Anita Lippi, a pianist at the Chicago Music Conservatory. He later taught at his Danish alma mater and Newbold College; received his Ph.D. from the University of London; and earned a second Ph.D. from the University of Basel in Bern, Switzerland, where he studied with well-known theologians Karl Barth and Oscar Cullman. He taught in Loma Linda University’s religion department, became dean of the college and provost of the La Sierra campus; and in 1974 was elected president of Loma Linda University. Dr. Olsen believed education is more than an end to a vocation. It is the development of purpose while one studies. Funds from this endowment benefit education or religion majors preparing to teach Bible.

Harold Richards, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the members of the La Sierra University Class of 1952 as a tribute to their classmate, Harold M.S. Richards, Jr.  After graduation from Glendale Academy, Harold attended La Sierra College, graduating in 1952 with a degree in theology. He and Mary Margaret Gullet were married a year earlier, at the La Sierra College Church. His classmates remember him as full of life, dedicated to ministry and an active participant in a wide variety of activities, especially music. Through his long and fruitful preaching career, Harold’s greatest thrill was to just be God’s man and preach His Word faithfully. In honor of their friend who empowered people all his life, his classmates’ desire is to empower current students studying in the La Sierra School of Religion.

Royal Sage Memorial Scholarship

Royal Sage always wanted to be an Adventist minister. Born in New York, but reared in Hawaii, he was a member of the first senior class to graduate from La Sierra College in 1945. He married Nancy Reeder on graduation day and soon discovered that in those days there was a rigid path to the pulpit, with the first step being tent-master at evangelistic meetings (on his first job it rained every day for seven weeks). Royal worked in the New Jersey Conference for over nine years, spent two years at the seminary at Andrews University, then taught Greek and Hebrew throughout his remaining career at La Sierra. Because of multiple sclerosis, he eventually taught from a wheelchair until he retired in 1971, when he became bedridden until his death in 1982. Bo Ying Wat, academy friend, wedding groomsman and student newspaper Criterion co-editor, honored Royal by founding this endowed scholarship.  Initial funds donated to establish the Royal Sage Memorial Scholarship were matched by a generous challenge grant from the McKee Foundation.  Income from this endowment provides scholarship assistance to students in the School of Religion and the Royal Sage Writing Award through the English Department.

Elder James White Scholarship for Ministry

Dr. Milo and Patricia Loye have endowed the Elder James White Scholarship for Ministry. This scholarship memorializes the selfless dedication of James White, one of the early leaders and founders of Seventh-day Adventist church. The Loyes felt that more scholarships should be made available for students in the Religion Department. The recipients, either male or female shall have sterling character and be preparing for the gospel ministry. The proceeds of this scholarship shall apply towards tuition expenses.

Women in Ministry Scholarship

This scholarship was established to provide assistance for female students at the undergraduate or graduate level who are in or preparing for Seventhday Adventist ministry.