Michael Moore, chair of the Division of Music At BJU, Dan Turner, president of Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund, John Matthews, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations (Rebekah Miniger, photo)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 2, 2023) – The board of the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund recently announced plans to transfer the administration of the independent music scholarship to Bob Jones University. Concurrent with this transfer, the fund announced a gift of $9,000 to the newly established Gingery-Mack Annual Music Scholarship under the management of the Division of Music at BJU.
Since its inception in 2014, the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund has been administered by an independently operating board. BJU alumni Dan Turner and Scott Hoster founded the board and fund to encourage and support students coming to major in music at BJU. The fund is named in honor of three former music professors, Gail and Alice Gingery and Warren Mack.
“We have now arrived at a point in time where the mission and values of the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund are duplicated by the BJU Patron of the Arts Annual Music Scholarship Fund,” said Turner, president of the Gingery-Mack fund. “The existence of two funds with the same mission and goals, supporting the same institution, and seeking to serve the same students, began to create confusion in the minds of donors and applicants to both funds.”
The BJU Patron of the Arts Annual Music Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship established in 2019 by BJU, which will now become the new Gingery-Mack Annual Music Scholarship. Gifts to the fund are tax-deductible and will be allocated for annual scholarships to BJU students pursuing degrees in music, church music, composition, music education, pedagogy, and performance.
Michael Moore, chair of the Division of Music at BJU, expressed gratitude to the Gingery-Mack board of directors for their labor of love on behalf of students studying music at BJU.
“We’re so thankful for the pioneering efforts of the Gingery-Mack board and their desire to promote the excellent education we offer here,” said Moore. “We are committed to continuing the stewardship of this fund in accordance with its original intent – to make it possible for more music students to study music here who demonstrate through achievement, aptitude, and attitude a strong potential and desire to develop their musical talents for the glory of God and the good of others.”
Members of the Gingery and Mack families have expressed enthusiastic support for the name transfer. Christa Habegger, daughter of Gail and Alice Gingery, said “I’m grateful for the work the Gingery-Mack scholarship committee has done over the years and for the results in the lives of scholarship recipients. I’m glad there’s a broader umbrella now under which funds will be available for worthy music students.”
Phillip Gingery added, “[This] would please [my father], since he lived his entire professional life to promote the ministry goals of the music department… I pray Dad’s legacy and your hard work and shared vision live on for another generation, as the Lord permits.”
Gary Mack, son of Warren Mack, also approved of the transfer saying, “We feel that using Dad’s name on the rebranded scholarship will continue to honor his commitment to training young musicians to develop their talents for the Lord.”
About the BJU Division of Music
The Division of Music at BJU is a community of students, faculty, and staff committed to pursuing and sharing the beauty of God through musical excellence and redemptive artistry. The division, housed in the School of Fine Arts and Communication, offers 10 residential undergraduate degrees, a Master of Music Education degree online, and a wide variety of choral, band, and orchestral ensembles.