Bishop Scholars

The Bishop Scholars program is a result of the efforts of Bishop Wilke which he began shortly after he became the Bishop in Residence at Southwestern College. The program began officially in the fall of 1997 when the first Bishop Scholars enrolled on campus. Because of Bishop Wilke’s global relationships with the Methodist Church, he was able to reach out and make the program known.

Basically, the program consists of:

  1. Methodist international students who have applied  and are accepted to Southwestern’s residential campus ;
  2. A letter of recommendation from the student’s home country Methodist Bishop is submitted;
  3. Upon Bishop Wilke’s review and approval, they are issued a Bishop Scholarship.


The scholarship offered by the school changes from year to year, but represents one of the college’s most generous scholarships. The scholarship award also makes the student available for additional funds from the Institute for Discipleship. These funds are in addition to the scholarship and are need based.

Two areas the Institute has invested most heavily in are Lydia Patterson graduates from Mexico and Zimbabwe.  The Institute actively seeks funds to assist all the Bishop Scholars, but especially those who qualify for the Lydia Patterson partnership and the Zimbabwe effort.

Over 50 Bishop Scholars have now graduated from SC. You can join in on their Facebook fellowship group by searching: SC Bishop Scholars and friends.

If you would like to make a gift to support need based funds for the Institute for Discipleship to assist Bishop Scholars, they are most welcome.

Send gifts to: 

          Institute for Discipleship

          100 College Street

          Winfield, KS  67156


To give a gift online, click HERE. Be sure to make note that your gift is for the IFD-Bishop Scholars

For additional information, contact Steve Wilke at


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