Lutheran Leadership Award


Gustavus Adolphus College was founded in 1862 to educate the sons and daughters of Lutheran immigrants and to train pastors and teachers for service to the Swedish immigrant population in Minnesota. The College has since expanded to provide education in the liberal arts and sciences to students from over forty states and twenty foreign countries. The concept of higher education within a spiritual context has grown through the years and continues today in the College’s strong relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Gustavus is supported by the Association of Congregations in the ongoing development of the College. Representatives of the Association meet annually to elect members to the Board of Trustees. In recognition of the valuable work done by the parishes of the Association and their support of Lutheran higher education, Gustavus established the Lutheran Leadership Award. These renewable scholarships, ranging in value from $250 to $2,000, are available to students who are members in good standing of an Association congregation and are recommended by their pastor or Association delegate. Awards are made on the basis of: academic qualifications, recommendation, and financial eligibility as determined by the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE or FAFSA.


An expression of the church relatedness of Gustavus Adolphus College, Christ Chapel is purposefully situated at the center of campus. The Chapel is the site of voluntary daily services featuring faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visiting clergy homilists and events such as Christmas in Christ Chapel and other concerts showcasing the College’s music program. It also serves as the forum for visiting lecturers such as Toni Morrison, Dith Pran, and Elie Wiesel. The chapel program offers students and staff alike the opportunity to worship in a campus congregation, outreach to area churches, and two college chaplains.