Like a Mustard Seed

by Kerri Fernsworth '02

"How shall we picture the kingdom of God . . . It is like a mustard seed"
(Mark 4:30-32).

Azusa Pacific hosted A Forum on Minority Student Recruitment and Retention for the nine recipient universities of Mustard Seed Scholarship grants. APU received a 5-year grant of $185,000 from The Mustard Seed Foundation scholarship fund, focused on increasing diversity at Christian colleges. Open forums gave represented universities an opportunity to learn new ideas for increasing diversity on their campuses.

The Mustard Seed Scholarship is one way the university is able to realize the goal of diversity, as part of God's kingdom. "While numbers are important," said Louise Furrow, director of foundation and corporate relations, "even more important is that each individual feels valued, respected, and appreciated."

"My scholarship keeps me at APU and gives me the opportunity to do different things, like the High Sierra Program,"said Black.

The Mustard Seed Scholarship is among several programs for ethnic minorities at APU, making college possible as well as comfortable for all students. Other programs and scholarships for minority recognition include: the Office of Multi-Ethnic Programs (MEP), Multi-Ethnic Students Alliance (M.E.S.A), Black Student Association (BSA), Multi-Ethnic Leadership (M.E.L.) scholarship, Gospel Choir, and the Diversity Committee.