Live conversations echoed throughout the Salem Convention Center, unhindered smiles dotted the room, and live music filled the space, as for the first time in over two years, Corban University was able to host its annual Scholarship Luncheon in person.

The event, in support of student scholarships through the Corban Fund, was highlighted by Corban’s remarkable students. The luncheon showcased a student panel featuring Obiomachi Abonyi, Jeremy Hale, Christopher Nobles, Hope White, and Asia Jackson as they discussed the impact their time at Corban has had on their character, competence, and desire to make a difference in the world for Christ.

The event raised nearly $90,000 in support of student scholarships through the Corban Fund, helping make the dream of an affordable, biblically-centered education a reality for students who may otherwise be unable to attend. Scholarship Luncheon’s success provided the perfect launching point for Corban’s spring campaign, aiming to narrow the gap of funds needed for student scholarship support.

Statements of the Corban Fund’s impact could be found at every table, whether from alumni or current students. For junior biology major Asia Jackson, Corban helped to bring Christ to the forefront of her present and future. “At Corban, I was able to realize that my worth and identity existed beyond being able to perform well on the soccer field or score a high grade in an exam, but rather in building a more personal and meaningful connection with God and embodying His values in my daily life,” she said.

Currently the fund has raised $464,948 in support with $654,052 remaining for the fiscal year, ending June 30. Corban’s Spring Forward appeal officially launches on March 15, affording donors the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students like Asia Jackson, and in the future of our communities, by helping the University surpass its annual goal for the Corban Fund.

Dedicated Corban donors, Tom and Karen Avinelis, closed the event with support for these students. “We believe that you are going to help change the world for Jesus Christ,” Tom said. “We want to make a difference by coming alongside and supporting the education of young men and women who have a passion for Christ and a heart for being lights in their communities. Every one of us can be a part of that.”

You can make a difference in the lives of Corban students too. Click here for more information about our spring campaign and how your gift can be life-changing for tomorrow’s leaders.