University of Mobile Joins ‘Dream Forward’ Scholarship Initiative for Minority Students

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile is among 20 Christian colleges, universities and seminaries that have raised more than $1.5 million in scholarships for minority students through the “MLK50 Dream Forward Scholarship Initiative” announced April 4.

UM was recognized during the announcement in Memphis, Tennessee, at MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountain, a joint conference by The Gospel Coalition and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Over 3,700 attendees are at the two-day conference, reports Christianity Today.

The program offers full and partial tuition scholarships to minority students in Memphis “who demonstrate a heart for Christ and a potential for academic excellence,” according to Christianity Today. Information about the scholarships is at

The scholarship initiative is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago in Memphis.

“God might be raising up the next Martin Luther King Jr. or Billy Graham right here in Memphis to be trained at one of these schools. I am encouraged to see these schools come together to help invest in students in the Memphis area,” said ​​Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Brent Leatherwood, ERLC director of strategic partnerships, said, “We believe there are multiple reasons for Christian colleges and seminaries to participate in this program and we are grateful to these schools who have so generously joined this effort. The city of Memphis was the scene of a brutal murder of the leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, even to this day, shockwaves from that terrible moment still reverberate in the community. But pastors, church leaders, and local activists are resolved to make racial unity a reality. This initiative reflects that good work being done and offers a way to come alongside and support it.”

As a “Dream Forward” participant, University of Mobile will offer a $20,000 scholarship, says Charity Wittner, vice president for enrollment services.

“We are pleased to be part of this effort to invest in the future of students and equip them to make a difference in their church and community,” Wittner said.

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven.

The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study.

Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

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Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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