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News from the Hill July 02, 2013 | back to index

Scholarship fund for Chinese & East Asian students


Andover Newton Theological School has announced the creation of the Dr. Moses Hsu and Dr. Charlotte Tan Scholarship Fund, which honors the lives and ministries of a couple who offered a significant Christian witness in their respective fields of biblical scholarship and pediatric medicine. The fund will enable students and scholars from the countries of East Asia, particularly but not limited to China (including Hong Kong) and Taiwan, to come to Andover Newton to study and expand their skills for ministry, and to enable students of Chinese descent to study at Andover Newton.

Suitable applicants are ministers, scholars, theological students, medical students interested in spirituality, and lay leaders from East Asia or of Chinese heritage regardless of citizenship. Students who wish to earn a certificate in Spiritual & Pastoral Care or Ethics & Social Justice as a special (non-degree-seeking) student could do so in one semester and a summer or winter intensive, with the Hsu-Tan Scholarship covering 90 percent of the costs of the short course of study. Degree-track students are also eligible for the partial-tuition scholarship, including Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Ministry candidates.

Dr. Moses Hsu was a respected scholar, editor, and a Chinese writer who, among many accomplishments, translated the Good News Bible into Chinese with Dr. I. Jin Loh and others for the American Bible Society. Dr. Charlotte Tan was one of the country’s leading pediatric oncologists, who helped discover new treatments for Hodgkin’s disease during her four decades of work at Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center. Moses and Charlotte each immigrated to the United States from China and met at the Chinese Christian Fellowship in New York, which was cofounded by Moses. Both were known for their deep faith, their Christian witness, and their abiding devotion to bring the Good News to Chinese people everywhere.

Funding for the Dr. Moses Hsu and Dr. Charlotte Tan Scholarship is made possible through a generous gift from the couple’s daughter, Ms. Alicia Hsu, and her husband, Mr. Phil Chernin. The couple resides in Brookline, Mass.

Andover Newton Theological School, founded in 1807, is the first graduate school of any kind in America. Always an innovator in religious education, Andover Newton is internationally recognized as a leader in interfaith learning.