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 Mission of PUR is to provide Rwandan society and churches with well-trained personnel 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 and pluralistic world. Enrollment is over 200 students. Members of Protestant denominations from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo also attend PUR. Consequently, PUR is of tremendous strategic importance to these three countries where the church is growing by leaps and bounds. The scholarships are needed to establish solid funding for Presbyterian students. So far, four students are supported by U.S. congregations through The Outreach Foundation. We hope to add three more students in the coming year.
Agnes Nyriaminani just graduated from PIASS (PUR) and will soon take up the leadership of a Presbyterian congregation. Most Presbyterians and other 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.