Family and friends of a retired Western PA elder, the Rev. Donald Struchen have established the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. It recognizes Struchen's "outstanding ministry and significant contributions to the church and our world," according to a press release from Garrett-Evangelical.
A graduate of Garrett Biblical Institute (1948), one of the three institutions that formed Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Struchen has been in ministry for over 60 years. The Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship is intended as a resource for providing the next generation of church leaders with the highest quality and most affordable theological education possible.
At the end of World War II, Struchen traveled with shipments of livestock for families in areas ravaged by the fighting. In the summer of 1946, while a student at Garrett Biblical Institute, Struchen cared for 50 horses on a ship from Massachusetts to Trieste, Italy. Struchen and the rest of these “seagoing cowboys” are now credited with laying the foundational pieces for the creation of Heifer International, a global non-profit that works with communities to end world hunger and poverty.
In 1948, Struchen was ordained an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church and served five years at Cochranton/Mumford Chapel until his appointment to the Board of Education in 1953. In 1961, Struchen joined the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, where he served for 27 years. In retirement, Struchen accompanies his wife, Shirley Struchen, Executive Director of Religion Communicators Council (RCC), to numerous RCC conventions and events. Struchen’s interests include interfaith relations and working together on peace and mission issues.
Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.
To make a gift to the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship, go to Garrett.edu/Giving and be sure to note Struchen Scholarship in the “Restricted to” field. To give by check make your check payable to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, designate it for the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship, and send it to: Development Office, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201. Your gift is fully tax deductible.