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Herbert Crowder Memorial Scholarship

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College of Ministry


Must be a junior or senior, demonstrate financial need, maintain a GPA of at least 2.8, and meet all student life requirements set forth by Northwest University demonstrating upstanding citizenship with an apparent and visible desire to serve full time pastoral ministry upon graduation.


This scholarship honors the life and ministry of Herbert W. Crowder, former pastor, business manager and development director of Northwest University, and to perpetuate his ministry and spirit of generosity by providing scholarships for young people who are preparing for full-time ministry.

Herb Crowder was 83 years old when he died of pneumonia. He played a key role in the negotiations and fundraising for the current location of Northwest’s campus, and the planning and developing of it. He was an untiring fundraiser, and his “miracle stories” of God’s provision of funds in the “nick of time” will long be remembered by those who have known him.

Rev. Crowder conducted estate planning seminars that benefited many ministers and churches throughout the Northwest Region. He laid the foundation for the endowment that presently undergirds the University operation. His faith and persistent hard work has greatly impacted future generations at Northwest University.

Crowder Hall, a residence hall constructed in 1981, was named after Herb Crowder by the University’s Board of Directors, and Herb received the Didaskolos Award, one of the Alumni Association’s highest honors.

Herb Crowder will be remembered for many different things by different people. To some he was a beloved pastor, and to others an organizer serving the University’s Lay Council as executive secretary, arranging fishing and hunting expeditions for University personnel and friends, facilitating banquets and meetings and so on. To some he was a “marriage broker”, and he delighted in telling of couples he had introduced. He was a participant in his community, who served on the city’s planning commission and was president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a soloist, whose rich baritone blessed many churches and radio audiences. He was a family man who loved his wife, his daughter, and his grandchildren. He was a fun-loving friend with a zest for life.

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