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.
- Display evidence of a passionate Christian commitment to the lordship of Christ in their life and commitment to Anabaptist values (see the Confession of Faith of the MB Church);
- Desire to serve in global missions, medicine, nursing, or other ministry or other health-related fields;
- Reflect the moral and ethical standards of Fresno Pacific University;
- Have a minimum 2.9 GPA;
- Must meet NCAA Division II Regulations for scholarships if a student-athlete.