Eastern Seminary now Palmer Seminary

More scholarship aid
After receiving a $5 million gift from the family of its longest-serving president, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary will dramatically cut tuition costs and be renamed Palmer Theological Seminary on July 1.

Gordon Palmer, president of the Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, school near Philadelphia from the 1930s to the 1940s, was known for creating funds for those in need—a current concern for many of its students. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, Eastern is one of ten seminaries affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA.

“Our hope is to offer a significant improvement in scholarship aid, so that as many as one-third to one-half of our students may be able to matriculate full-time,” said Wallace Charles Smith, Eastern’s president and a former student.


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