Eternal Spirit of Caring

“…Worship your God.  Gladden the heart of a child.  Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.  Speak your love.  Speak it again.  Speak it still again.  Speak it still once again.” 

These are part of the words of a creed hung on the wall of the home of Elisabeth Brown Jacobson.  They were words she lived by, according to everyone who knew her and to her husband, Robert Stanley Jacobson.

After his wife’s death in 1991, Mr. Jacobson made a generous gift to the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia to begin the “Elisabeth Brown Jacobson Scholarship Fund.” The Scholarship Fund makes “Scholarship Awards” to students  with special consideration given to the initiative and motivation of an applicant to obtain a vocational or professional career.  The Scholarship Fund also makes “Service Awards” to students, irrespective of grade point average, who have been active in the work of their church and community, and who demonstrate an interest in the welfare of others.  Qualifying candidates for both awards are determined by the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.

Since 1993, over $96,000 has helped over 100 students further their education—86 having received the Scholarship Award and 21 having received the Service Award.  Both the Scholarship Award and Service award directly articulate that academic excellence is not the primary consideration; there are plenty of academic scholarships available for the top students in each graduating class.  These awards are an opportunity for the Church to lift up someone who might have been overlooked by a committee for some academic scholarship.

Because of the skyrocketing costs of post-secondary education, students must rely on a variety of funding.  Awards from the Elisabeth Brown Jacobson Scholarship Fund not only provide some much-needed financial assistance, but also serve as a reminder to students of the love and support of the body of Christ.  The spirit of caring demonstrated in the life of Elisabeth Brown Jacobson lives on eternally in the assistance these awards provide.

Consider the words of two recent recipients.  Steven Fuir, a student of Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia, writes, “Thanks to the Elisabeth Brown Jacobson Scholarship, this year I have been able to continue to develop intellectually, spiritually, and socially.”  Cherish Hall, attending Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, says, “I am very grateful and blessed to have been selected in receiving this scholarship.  I cannot express to you how much it has meant to me.”

We are grateful for generous persons like Robert Stanley Jacobson and Elisabeth Brown Jacobson.  Consider the possibilities of how you can leave a legacy of generosity.