Montreat College announced today the establishment of the Finley-Anderson Honors Scholarship, which will be used to support students who are admitted to the college’s Honors Program. The scholarship was established by a $1.5 million estate gift from longtime Montreat College supporter Margaret Ferrell Finley. The estate gift will be held in the Generosity Trust Fund of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The scholarship is named in honor of Ms. Finley and her daughter Cynthia Anderson. Cynthia and her husband, Steve, have also long been supporters of the college, with Cynthia serving as a member of the Montreat College Board of Trustees from 1987-2000 and 2001-2014.

“We are grateful to the members of the Finley and Anderson families for their continuing support of the college,” said Montreat College President Paul Maurer. “This generous gift will provide key support for our honors students and will allow us to strengthen and grow the college’s Honors Program.”

The Montreat College Honors Program is based on a Great Books and Big Questions model in which students engage with classic works by authors from Plato and Augustine to Frederick Douglass and Flannery O’Connor in order to address fundamental questions of humanity, preparing graduates to live intelligently and compassionately for the good of others and love of God. Honors classes emphasize discussion and engagement in order to develop student confidence and critical thinking. And honors students take part in co-curricular outings, retreats, and service projects in order to deepen the sense of community between participants.

“Fostering intellectual inquiry is central to Montreat College’s mission,” said Montreat College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Greg Kerr. “And our focus on the growth and development of the Honors Program is a key part of this larger mission.”

The annual distribution of the Finley-Anderson Honors Scholarship is estimated to be $75,000, which will fund renewable scholarships for up to 12 new Honors Program students each year beginning in the fall of 2017.

“Margaret Finley and her family have been generous benefactors of Montreat College for many years,” said Montreat College Counselor to the President Joe Kirkland. “We are grateful for their continued support of the kind of Christ-centered education that Montreat College provides for its students.”