School of Divinity

Dr Lloyd John Ogilvie Scholarship Fund

The Dr Lloyd John Ogilvie Scholarship has been established to support international students undertaking postgraduate studies at the School of Divinity.

The fund will provide vital support to students from across the world who might not otherwise be able to afford to study at Edinburgh, helping to build a diverse student community.

A visiting student at New College in 1955-56, Dr Ogilvie served as minister of the 4500-member First Presbyterian Hollywood for more than twenty years. It was said that, having abandoned his early ambition to be an actor, he used his oratorical skills to preach God’s Word to movie stars, business leaders and politicians. Resisting attempts to relocate his church to a more comfortable location away from the urban problems of Los Angeles, he called on each member to become involved in one of the major crises facing their neighbourhood community. His gifts were recognised nationally by his appointment as Chaplain to the United States Senate from 1995–2003. In the year of his retirement, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Ogilvie was a preacher, broadcaster, author, and church leader of international distinction. A frequent visitor to Scotland, he maintained close links with friends at New College and was instrumental in establishing the James S. Stewart Scholarship Fund in 1996 in honour of his teacher. At the time of Lloyd’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that ‘many people sought guidance, comfort and counsel from Lloyd. And every single day, he provided it. A joyful, consistent, straightforward messenger and example of God’s love.’

We are honoured to recognise Lloyd Ogilvie’s many achievements and life-long connection to the School of Divinity at New College by establishing this scholarship in his name.

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