Studium Excitare Scholarship Founded

A note posted by Ben Foxen

As our readers know quite well, the purpose of this journal is to arouse zeal for studying the German and Latin writings of our Lutheran forebears. In a new effort to encourage the study and translation of these important writings, the founders of the journal have awarded the first of what is hoped to be many scholarships to a student at Martin Luther College.

The scholarship came about for a number of reasons. First of all, the founders recognize that the cost of attending MLC is not easily absorbed by the students who attend there. Many of them graduate with a sizeable debt. Anything that can be done to reduce this burden on the future pastors and teachers of our synod is worthwhile.

It is hoped that the scholarship will further the purpose of the journal by motivating some to translate who would not have otherwise done so. No doubt some of them will be surprised to find they enjoy the work of translating to such an extent that they will want to continue translating throughout their lives. The founders pray that the scholarship would help to produce many life-long translators.

Finally, the founders recognize that the Lord has blessed them tremendously in many ways, not least of which was the gracious sacrifice of himself to remove the burden of the world's sin. In response to this and his other blessings, the founders have provided this scholarship as just one small show of thanks for his grace and mercy.

The first scholarship, in the amount of $500, was awarded on May 26, 2009 to MLC student Ben Reichel for his translation of a sermon for Ascension Sunday by Adolf Hoenecke, which will appear in the next issue of the journal. Ben will be a senior at MLC for the 09-10 school year. His translation was chosen from a pool of four submitted translations by a group of faculty advisors for the journal. The founders of the journal outlined some general conditions for the scholarship to guide these advisors as they made their decision. These conditions included:

  • The student must be enrolled in a Latin or German theological course at MLC.
  • A student who has received other scholarships from the school is not made ineligible for this scholarship.
  • The student who best translates a work into English from the original, maintaining a good balance between readable English and the literal meaning and style of the author, should be chosen as the winner.
  • A student who has previously won the scholarship is not made ineligible to receive the scholarship again.

It is the hope and prayer of the founders that this scholarship will continue to be awarded on a yearly basis, and that the amount of the scholarship could eventually be increased to further defray the costs of an education at MLC. They also recognize that they may not be the only ones interested in encouraging this work of translating among our future pastors and teachers. If any of you, our readers, would have an interest in contributing to the scholarship fund, please contact Benjamin Foxen, one of our founders, via the site contact form. We praise God for the service he has enabled us to perform, and for any assistance he moves others to provide!