Scholarships for Presbyterians at Protestant University (PUR-formerly PIASS)
About Our Partner
The Protestant churches in Rwanda established the School of Theology in Butare in 1970 as a non-denominational Protestant seminary that would meet the needs of the mainline churches of the country: the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda, the Free Methodist Church of Rwanda, the United Baptist Church of Rwanda, and the Anglican Church of Rwanda. The seminary is now Protestant University (PUR), and its mission is to provide well-trained graduates who are inquisitive, solution-oriented, committed and equipped with intellectual tools that enable them to meet specific needs of societies moving to a global, modern, pluralistic world. Enrollment is over 200 students and includes members of Protestant denominations from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo. Consequently, PUR is of tremendous strategic importance to these three countries where the church is growing by leaps and bounds. Scholarships are needed for Presbyterian students. Nine students are currently supported by U.S. congregations through The Outreach Foundation. Of these nine, four are graduating joining one who graduated last year. We hope to support a minimum of seven Presbyterian students each year.
Agnes Nyriaminani graduated from PIASS (PUR) and is now leading a congregation. Four more are joining her soon to serve as leaders of Presbyterian congregations. Most ministers in Rwanda have been trained at this seminary, including the Anglican bishop of Shyogwe and the Free Methodist bishop of Rwanda. In May 2017, PIASS became the first Protestant University in Rwanda (PUR).
The Outreach Foundation is seeking $2,000 scholarships for a minimum of seven Presbyterian students at the Protestant University of Rwanda.