Advancement Team Update

By Christine Coddington, communication specialist

Students write to supporters

Abigail Cook, admissions counselor

The advancement team focuses on fundraising, donor relations, alumni engagement, marketing, and overall institutional growth…we “advance” the mission of the school!

Advancement enthusiastically welcomed Abigail Cook to our team as admissions counselor. Ms. Cook is ordained through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has completed leadership training with the Kansas Leadership Center. Her dream for EMS is that it would be a place to practice what we feel called to in Jesus, so that we spread hope and learn to be bearers of the way of peace. If you know family or friends interested in learning more about joining EMS, she welcomes your call or email! 540-236-6021,

As of January 29, 445 supporters gave 488 gifts totaling $156,022 for the Christmas Fund Drive this year. Thank you for responding when students, faculty, or staff reached out by mail, phone and personal contact! Our goal is for students to share their EMS experience, learn communications skills, and build connections with our alumni and supporters.

Endowed scholarships, tuition assistance, and discounts can make the difference for student access to our learning community. Endowed funds provide long-term sustainable support, often for specific initiatives like the Carmen Strite Miller Leadership Scholarship or the Multicultural Scholarship. The EMS Alumni Endowment Fund combines general class endowments into one fund to support financial aid.

EMS will join the GREAT COMMUNITY GIVE on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Our local Community Foundation’s celebration of philanthropy benefits dozens of nonprofits that make our community strong. Help us meet our goal to increase support for tuition assistance for students!

Mark your calendars for the annual Golf Tournament to benefit student financial aid and our athletic program: May 3, 2024 at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg. Sign up individually or grab a team of four. Details and registration at

Homecoming 2024 – Oct. 18-19
Nominate an alumnus from a class ending in 4 and 9 to recognize during Homecoming Weekend, Oct 18-19, 2024. Submit a nomination online at and help us celebrate alumni.

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