Dr. Rosa Young counseling young women who were teaching students at Alabama Luther College, 1961. Photo from lcms.org.

Dr. Rosa J. Young was an advocate for the education of rural African-American children. Her legacy is as an educator and church planter for Christ and His Church, founding and developing Lutheran elementary schools and congregations in Alabama.

Dr. Young led a life of service and enabled others to do the same. She taught more than 2,000 students, impacting their lives with her faith and belief in the importance of education. Many of her students entered into ministry or became parochial school teachers, spreading the importance of faith and education to many others with their fidelity to her vision. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia Theological Seminary in May 1961. She was both the first woman and the first African-American to be honored in this way by the Lutheran Church.

Concordia University Chicago invites you to join them in endowing The Dr. Rosa J. Young Opportunity Scholarship. This fund will support African-American students at CUC who intend to enter church vocations in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Matching funds will be available to double your gifts to CUC up to a total of $275,000. 

To learn more about the scholarship match, call the Foundation Office at 866-448-3867 or give at CUChicago.edu/GiveNow.

To learn more about Dr. Young, visit the Concordia Historical Institute online at www.lcms.org/thefirstrosa.

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