When Elmer and Sarah Jordan decided to share their legacy with Southern Adventist University School of Music, they had no way of knowing at the time how their generosity would impact a young musician named Ethan McGrath.
The couple had a love for music, especially the piano. They decided to leave a lasting legacy gift that would provide scholarships for music majors. The Jordans' generous gift provided funds at just the right moment for Ethan, who was making an important decision about where to pursue his musical talent and continue his education.
After high school, Ethan was not sure where to attend college so he decided to take a year off to consider his options. Ethan got a job in the School of Music and became familiar with several professors and some of the students. He discovered what it was like to be a student at Southern and he enjoyed it. During this time, he also auditioned at the University of Tennessee where he was offered an almost full scholarship to study and pursue his musical talent. But Ethan's desire was to attend Southern where he could study in a Christian environment.
Ethan's choice was especially challenging as he weighed the financial cost of attending Southern knowing that there was a university willing to pay most of his tuition.
"The Jordan Trust gift made it possible for me to receive a scholarship and attend Southern," said Ethan. "There are many other students like me who would like to attend an Adventist Christian university where they can interact with other students and faculty that share their ideals and faith. Gifts donated to Southern provide opportunities for others to attend a Christian institution," Ethan says.
To inquire about how you can share your legacy and provide life-changing opportunities for students at Southern Adventist University, call Carolyn Liers at 423.236.2818 or visit southern.edu/plannedgiving