The Yoder Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Honorable Ronnie A. Yoder
to advance the study of love as an appropriate center of Christian theology, life, preaching and practice, and to explore love as an ecumenical theme unifying all humankind's religions. It seeks to explore the recognition of a God of Love in Christianity and in all religions as an appropriate philosophical center for all the world’s religions and peoples.
Students currently enrolled at Virginia Theological Seminary in any master's-level degree program are eligible to apply by submitting an essay, poem and/or musical piece that explores the centrality of love in Christian doctrine, scripture, creeds, liturgy, worship, music and practice, as well as exploring these questions with respect to other world religions. An announcement is made each Fall inviting submissions. Deadline for submission is early in the Spring Semester for funding awarded in the Spring.