This scholarship was established in 2013 by an anonymous donor in partnership with Dr. Ekk's brothers, sisters and family wishing to honor the memory of Victor Ekk and provide financial assistance to students pursuing their education at Fresno Pacific University.
Victor Ekk was a medical doctor by profession, who dedicated his life to help people in need. He was committed to providing the best and most affordable medical care to many in the cities of Sao Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil, lived a practical Anabaptist theology, and was a recognized leader and ordained minister of the gospel of Christ in the Mennonite Brethren church of Brazil. Dr. Ekk was instrumental in the planting of churches in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo and provided leadership among the churches in Curitiba, focused on developing a strong followership of Jesus. He helped to establish a Mennonite University in Curitiba, and gave strong support to ICOMB (International Community of Mennonite Brethren). Victor's heart beat for biblical leadership in the local churches, and for the growth he envisioned of the church worldwide.
Victor Ekk, son of Johannes "John" and Maria Ekk, of Colonia Nova, Bage, Brazil, and later of Reedley, California; husband of Wanda (Rogalski) Ekk, was taken from this life at the age of 65, succumbing to cancer in Curitiba, Brazil, in November of 2012. This scholarship honors his memory and intense commitment to Christ, living out a practical faith in all situations the Lord presents an individual and church community.
- Preference given to descendants of Johannes "John" and Maria Ekk (parents of Dr. Victor Ekk);
- Members of an international Mennonite Brethren church. Priority for those coming from Brazil;
- Students who desire to enter the field of world mission;
- Students who show a clear interest in pursuing a medical, nursing, or health-related field;
- Students who have exhibited academic ability in previous studies (minimum of 2.9 GPA);
- Student athletes must meet NCAA Division II Regulations for scholarships;
- Students whose personal character reflects the moral and ethical standards of Fresno Pacific University.
Students must display evidence of a passionate Christian commitment to the lordship of Christ in their life and have a commitment to Anabaptist values (see the Confession of Faith of the MB Church).
Write an essay declaring:
- 1. How has your Christian faith and commitment to Anabaptist values affected your life?
- 2. Describe your desire to pursue global missions and/or the medical field?
- 3. Describe your goals as a future servant in the church locally and worldwide.
- 4. What is your relation, if any, to John and Maria Ekk?