Colleges and universities rely on endowment income for an increasing proportion of their revenues. Financial resources invested on behalf of the University provide income for University leaders to take advantage of strategic opportunities, weather economic downturns, and recruit talented students and faculty. An endowment creates financial stability, allowing Vanguard University to be less dependent on unpredictable sources of revenue.
Thank you to the donors who have given generously to the endowment. The following scholarships and funds have been established for specific purposes as part of the larger endowment. If you are interested in establishing a new fund, please contact Justin McIntee by email or 714.966.5440. If you would like to make on online gift to an existing fund, please click here.
Alumni Endowed Scholarship
Established and maintained by alumni of Vanguard University to support outstanding Vanguard students.
Mark Bell Memorial Scholarship
Established by alumna Eleanor Bell and friends in memory of Mark Bell to support outstanding students.
Truda Viola Fairris Litzmann Endowed Scholarship
Established by alum Lewis Litzmann in honor of Truda Litzmann to support outstanding students.
Hopkins Family Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums John and Fern Hopkins to support outstanding Vanguard students.
Morris/Kuhl Inner-City Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums Leonard and Nevelyn Morris and friends Robert and Monique Kuhl to support students who are relocating to Vanguard from the Los Angeles inner-city with significant financial need.
Art and Betty Price Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums Art and Betty Price to support outstanding Vanguard students.
Nell Rediger Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Rediger family and friends in memory of Nell Rediger to support outstanding Vanguard students.
William J. Seymour Endowed Scholarship
Established by Drs. Elizabeth Leonard and Sherilyn Benvenuti and friends in support of increasing diversity in the Vanguard student body. Inspired by Bishop William J. Seymour, the African-American leader of the Azusa Street Revival which was characterized by a diversity of racial backgrounds.
Takashima-Campbell Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums John and Rina (Taniguchi) Campbell to support outstanding Vanguard students majoring in Business or Religion.
Doti Tamburo Endowed Scholarship
Established by Roger Tamburo and friends in memory of alumna Doti Tamburo to support outstanding Vanguard students.
Candi Thorne Endowed Scholarship
Established by alumna Candace Thorne to support outstanding Vanguard students majoring in Business or Psychology.
Flossie Way Endowed Scholarship
Established by James Way in memory of alumna Florence (Flossie) Way to support outstanding Vanguard student leaders.
Dixie Arnold Endowed Scholarship
Established by Professor Dr. Dixie Arnold to support students completing a liberal studies major.
Waymann and Charlene Carlson Memorial Scholarship
Established by family and friends in memory of Waymann and Charlene Carlson to support education students.
Jeanie Beechan-Dukette Endowed Scholarship
Established by alum James Dukette and friends in honor of alumna Jeanie Beechan-Dukette to support students pursuing elementary education teaching.
John Lackey Family Scholarship
Established by alum Roger Lackey in honor of his father Dr. John Lackey to support education students who are following God’s calling as teachers in Christian schools.
Markey-White Christian Educators Endowed Scholarship
Established by Ralph and Alberta Markey, Ray and Ruby White and friends to support education students who are following God’s calling as teachers in Christian schools.
Charlotte McNutt Memorial Scholarship
Established by Dr. Dennis McNutt and friends in memory of Charlotte McNutt who served as a teacher and supervisor in the Savanna Unified School District and an adjunct faculty member at Vanguard to support students who seek to enter the teaching profession with a multiple subject credential.
Mel and Marita McNutt Memorial Scholarship
Established by alums Mel and Marita McNutt who served as missionaries in Africa and educators in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to support students who seek to enter the teaching profession with a multiple subject or special education credential.
Myers-Haneke Endowed Scholarship
Established by John and alumna Dianne (Myers) Haneke to support students as they pursue a career in teaching.
Tom and Donna Watt Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums Tom and Donna Watt to support outstanding Graduate Education students.
Ward Williams Christian Higher Education Endowed Scholarship
Established by alumni and friends in honor of Dr. Ward Williams who served as a WWII chaplain, pastor, and faculty at Vanguard to support students who are preparing for ministry or teaching in Christian higher education.
Edwin Elliott Endowed Music Scholarship
Established by family and friends in honor of Music Professor Emeritus Edwin Williams to support outstanding music students. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated exceptional aptitude and ability in Music Theory classes.
Don and Marilyn Fontana Endowed Music Scholarship
Established by friends and family in memory of Don Fontana, a prominent Orange County church chorale conductor, to support students preparing for a career emphasizing a leadership role in music education or music ministries.
Haynes/Kraiss Endowed Music Scholarship
Established by President Emeritus Wayne and Barbara (Haynes) Kraiss in honor of Margaret Haynes to support outstanding music students.
Patricia Crouse Leggett Endowed Music Scholarship
Established by alumna Eileen Hollison in memory of alumna Patricia Crouse Leggett to support outstanding music students.
Ruby E. Merrill Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums Don Merrill and Donna (Merrill) Moon and friends in memory of Ruby Merrill, a renowned church pianist and choir director, to support music students who are committed to developing their music abilities to serve the Lord.
Linnie Olson Endowed Keyboard Scholarship
Established in honor of alumna and internationally known organist and pianist Linnie Jane Claypool Olson to support music students who have demonstrated a desire to prepare for music ministry, and are studying piano or organ.
Mark Thallander Endowed Organ Scholarship
Established by alum and renowned organist Mark Thallander to support music students who plan to use their gifts for music ministry and are studying organ.
Holly Lash Visel Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Established by Jon Visel and friends in memory of alumna Holly Lash Visel to support outstanding students majoring in music.
Norma Willson Endowed Voice Scholarship
Established in honor of alumna Norma Willson to support outstanding vocalists who are majoring in music.
Myrna LeGrand Endowed Scholarship
Established by generous donors to support outstanding students majoring in Psychology.
RELIGION AND MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIPS
Don Baldwin Endowed Scholarship
Established by the Baldwin family and friends in memory of Religion Professor Emeritus Donald Baldwin to support students majoring or minoring in religion with intent to enter vocational ministry.
Florence Blossom Beck Endowed Scholarship
Established the Blossom family and Alhambra Bethany Church in memory of alumna Rev. Florence Blossom Beck for her lifetime of service to the Lord and the Assemblies of God to support outstanding students majoring in religion.
Bogdan/Hale Endowed Scholarship
Established by alumna Anita Bogdan Hale to support students currently involved in some kind of outreach ministry and who desire to serve in the mission field.
William W. Brewer Endowed Scholarship
Established by alum William E. Brewer and Carol Godsey and Helen Reems in memory of their father Rev. William W. Brewer to support students going into ministry with the Assemblies of God.
Willyla Bushnell Endowed Scholarship
Established by students and friends in honor of Willyla Bushnell, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Religion, who served the school for 24 years and was the first woman to teach in the Religion department. Scholarship supports students making commitments to full-time Christian ministry.
George, Anna, and Cheryl Calvert Endowed Scholarship
Established by Anna Calvert to support students who intend to enter full-time ministry.
Joseph and Irma Colombo Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums Joseph and Irma Colombo to support married students pursuing ministry.
MaryBelle Sauter Cox Endowed Scholarship
Established by MaryBelle Sauter Cox to support outstanding students pursuing ministry.
James N. Cruse Memorial Scholarship
Established by alums Fred and June Cruse in memory of their son James Cruse to support outstanding students with at least two years consistent involvement with the Royal Ranger program or the Girls Ministries program in good standing with their leaders
Victor and Mona DeRouis Endowed Scholarship
Established by alum Victor DeRouis to support students preparing for work or ministry in Latin America.
Darwin and Ona Heuser Endowed Scholarship
Established by the Heuser family and friends in memory of Rev. Darwin and Ona Heuser to support students pursuing a vocational call to ministry in the Assemblies of God denomination.
D.T. Jenkins Endowed Scholarship
Established by alum Victor DeRouis in honor of classmate Rev. Don Jenkins to support students preparing for work or ministry in Latin America and/or working with Hispanic church and community leaders in other countries including the United States.
Ruby Keener Memorial Scholarship
Established by alum Harold Keener in memory of his wife, alumna Ruby Keener, to support students preparing for ministry.
Edward F. Nielsen Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums and fellow classmates Edward Nielsen and Alfred Silvera to support students who are preparing for some form of Christian ministry and are financially trying to complete their senior year.
Eli and Ruby Quenta Student Endowed Scholarship
Established by Eli and Ruby Quenta to support Filipino students who are preparing for ministry.
Robert and Marian Sauls Endowed Scholarship
Established by alums Robert and Marian Sauls to support students preparing for pulpit ministry.
John B. Scott Endowed Scholarship
Established by family and friends in memory of Dr. John B. Scott to support students who are preparing for church ministry.
William Seaberg Endowed Scholarship
Established by alumna Evelyn Seaberg and friends in memory of alum William Seaberg to support students who are preparing to serve the Lord in foreign missions.
Hyman Israel Specter Endowed Scholarship
Established by the Specter family in memory of alum Hyman Israel Specter, an Orthodox Jew who was converted to Messianic Christianity, served as a missionary with the Assemblies of God, and founded Rock of Israel Ministries. Scholarship supports students who have a goal of entering Jewish ministries.
Barbara Forrest Turner Memorial Scholarship
Established by family and friends in memory of alumna Barbara Forrest Turner, an Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries leader and fervent missions fundraiser, to support students who are preparing for full-time ministry with an emphasis on missions
William and Alma Williams Endowed Biblical Languages Scholarship
Established by Religion Professor Emeritus William Williams and alumna Alma Williams to support outstanding students in their study of biblical languages.
Doug Barnes Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Dee Barnes and friends in memory of Doug Barnes to support outstanding athletes.
Fletcher Jones Foundation Veterans Endowed Scholarship
Established by the Fletcher Jones Foundation to support the education of veteran students.
Artist in Residence
Established by Tammie Ortega and John Fowler to support the art program.
Established to provide funding for the continued maintenance and improvement of Vanguard’s physical campus.
Library Endowed Fund
Established by alumna Vonnie Franks to provide for acquisition of library materials and resources.
Bruce Howard Lindsay Endowed Library Fund
Established by Bruce Lindsay to support the O. Cope Budge Library.
Donald Lorance and Larry McHargue Science Research Fellowship
Established to support distinguished faculty and students to contribute to the advancement of the sciences through innovative research projects.
Richard Dresselhaus Chair of Pastoral Preaching
Established by First Assembly of God in San Diego in honor of long-time and beloved pastor Richard Dresselhaus. Supports a distinguished faculty member with demonstrated excellence in preaching for the purpose of preparing students for pulpit ministry.
Winthrop Stewart Chair of Missions
Established by alums Dan and Dorene Myers in memory of classmate and missionary Dr. Winthrop Stewart. Supports a distinguished faculty member with mission field ministry experience for the purpose of strengthening missions emphasis and student engagement at Vanguard.
Wayne E. Kraiss Distinguished Chapel Series
Established by Vanguard University Trustees and supporting churches in honor of retiring President Wayne Kraiss. Consistently voted favorite chapel speaker by the student body, this lectureship fund recognizes President Kraiss’ legacy.
Bill and Joanne Larson Lectureship for Ethics & Business
Established by Bill and Joanne Larson to invite partnership between Vanguard University and business leaders in the community.
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