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Moody Announces Ryrie Scholarship

12.21.2017

Dr. Charles Ryrie Scholarship honors 60-year relationship with Moody and benefits undergraduate and seminary students

Moody Bible Institute announced today the Dr. Charles Ryrie Scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from The Ryrie Foundation. The scholarship honors Moody’s 60-year relationship with the noted Bible scholar and Moody Publishers author.

“Moody is humbled by this generous gift,” said Greg Thornton, senior vice president of media and longtime friend of Dr. Ryrie. “He will always be remembered as a man of the Word. Dr. Ryrie was all about teaching, studying and living the Word of God.”

Dr. Ryrie addressed staff, students, and special guests at the 2009 inauguration of Moody president, Dr. Paul Nyquist.

Ryrie went to be with the Lord on Feb. 16, 2016, just a few days short of his 91st birthday.

The new scholarship in his honor will be awarded to undergraduate and seminary students with proven financial need, good academic standing, and plans for vocational Christian service. “Dad loved students and he loved teaching the Bible,” said Carolyn Ryrie Howard, Ryrie’s daughter. “As a professor he always thought of his students first.”

The Ryrie Foundation gave a $150,000 seed gift to begin the Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie Tuition Endowment. Each year, half of the new endowment’s investment earnings will be directed toward student scholarships, and half directed to the Chicago Undergraduate Tuition Grant that benefits all on-campus undergraduate students.

Donors are also able to contribute to the endowed fund in Ryrie’s memory.

“I hope others will contribute to the endowment now that it is established,” added Howard. “It would be a lovely tribute to our father and a great opportunity to honor his legacy.”

The Ryrie Study Bible is available in KJV, NASB and ESV.

Ryrie’s relationship with Moody began in 1956, when he submitted a slim volume on Neo-orthodoxy to Moody Publishers. Many of his major books would be published by Moody, including Dispensationalism Today (1965), Balancing the Christian Life (1969), Basic Theology (1986), and Dispensationalism (1995). The debut of The Ryrie Study Bible in 1978 led to his lasting legacy.

“During most of my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of reading and listening to the ministry of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie,” said Dr. George Sweeting, Moody’s president when the study Bible was released. Now 93 and retired from ministry, Dr. Sweeting called his relationship with Dr. Ryrie “a mutual pleasure and honor. It would be impossible to measure what The Ryrie Study Bible has done in the lives of millions.”

The new study Bible also confirmed Dr. Ryrie’s status as a best-selling author, but that label always made him feel uncomfortable. Greg Thornton described Dr. Ryrie as “unassuming, likable, unpretentious.” Thornton was a student worker in the campus bookstore when the study Bible was released—he remembers the long lines and the fame it brought his quiet friend.

Consistent with his goal to invest in students, Ryrie started The Ryrie Foundation as a way to give directly to student scholarships. Over time, all three of Ryrie’s children would help with his efforts, including Elizabeth Ryrie Anthony, Bruce Ryrie, and Carolyn Ryrie Howard.

“It’s a great opportunity for us kids to continue what he started,” Howard said. “As we got to be adults, all three of us joined the foundation board and helped perpetuate its legacy.”

Moody’s provost, Dr. Junias Venugopal, expressed appreciation for the prayers and generosity from all who support Moody’s ministry. “I well remember as a student of Dr. Ryrie how consistent and devoted he was to teaching and making the Bible simple and clear,” Venugopal said. “We are honored to help continue that legacy for the next generation.”

For those interested in Moody scholarships, please visit Moody’s Financial Aid web page. Donors interested in giving to Moody’s endowed scholarships should contact Kirsten Miller by calling (800) 801-2171 or send an email to plannedgiving@moody.edu.

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