Scholarships for Presbyterian Students at PIASS
in Rwanda


About Our Partner

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS)

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. It is now a college called the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), 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 the Democratic Republic of Congo. Consequently, PIASS is of tremendous strategic importance to these three countries where the church is growing by leaps and bounds. Scholarships are needed for Presbyterian students. Twelve students are currently supported by U.S. congregations through The Outreach Foundation.

The Impact

Agnes Nyiraminani, pictured here with Presbytery Moderator Rev. Prince Karangwa, graduated from PIASS, was ordained in August 2019 and is now leading a congregation. Four more PIASS graduates have joined her to serve as leaders of Presbyterian congregations. Most ministers in Rwanda have been trained here, including the Anglican bishop of Shyogwe and the Free Methodist bishop of Rwanda.

The Need

The Outreach Foundation is seeking scholarships for $2,000 per year for a minimum of seven Presbyterian students at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.