Ed Freepons Memorial Scholarship
Take a peak at the history of our far-reaching scholarship program
Beginning the summer of 1994 we began a ministry to our college and career students that has become one of the most vital ministries in our congregation. The essence of this ministry is to support, encourage, nurture and affirm our young people during their academic and professional formation. Through financial support, prayer, ongoing communication and encouragement, we walk alongside our young adults with Christ’s love and care.
Following his death, we named this ministry in honor and memory of Ed Freepons. Ed grew up near College Place and his family has been a part of this congregation for over 50 years. After serving in the South Pacific in World War II Ed returned to Walla Walla and decided to attend Linfield College to become a teacher. While there, he met his beloved wife, Bette Zimbelman (Freepons-Fread). They both taught in the College Place School District until their retirement.
Since its inception, this ministry has been a tremendous blessing to both the recipients who have received $400,000 in scholarship funds and all of those who share in making it possible. Thanks to all of you, we look forward to serving and ever increasing number of young adults as they seek to know and respond to God’s call for their lives.
Fund raising for this ministry comes from a combination of generous donations from our congregation throughout the year, as well as our semiannual Ed Freepons Memorial Scholarship Dinner and Auction. These evenings are full of generosity by both donors of items for our live and silent auction items, and also the people who bid on and purchase those items.
We hope to see you for our summer dinner and auction planned for July 14, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.