The ELP Foundation was created in 1980 in honor of Ernestine, the wife of the Rev. Herbert T. Penry, Jr. Ernestine provided inspiration and leadership for their family of five children while Rev. Penry completed his baccalaureate degree at High Point College and went on to seminary at Duke University.
The Penry family created the ELP scholarship because of their commitment to higher education and to helping others who have a calling to the ministry of Jesus Christ.
The Ernestine L. Penry (ELP) Scholarship Foundation provides financial assistance to deserving men and women who are called to attend seminary and share the word of Jesus Christ. In the 42 years since the foundation’s inception, ELP has provided over $950,000 to over 176 students. Recipients of the ELP scholarship have gone on to serve all over the world in a variety of positions, including as pastors, missionaries, and church leaders.