Ryan Duncan '17
Brody Scott '17
Ross Wood '17
Jacob Scott '17
The Randolph-Macon College A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial
Program is designed for students who express an interest in a Christian
vocation. Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of selected students each
year based on several criteria.
The Class of 2017 Bailey Scholars are Ryan Duncan, Brody Scott,
Ross Wood, and Jacob Scott. Under the leadership
of Margie Turbyfill, the program director, the new Bailey Scholars are settling
into the demands of college life and getting to know each other.
About the Program
“While emphasizing excellence in scholarship, the Bailey Program also puts a high
priority on peer-to-peer support and encouragement, which is one way that students
help each other discern a call to ministry,” says Turbyfill. “Weekly dinner meetings,
for example, help build relationships between the Scholars.”
Students selected for the program receive half-tuition scholarships for the first
two years and full-tuition scholarships for the next two years, says Turbyfill,
who has served as program director since 2007.
Scholars also benefit from mentorship and assistance in pursing their goals of being
in the ministry—as a pastor, youth minister, campus minister, military chaplain,
etc. In addition, Bailey Scholars complete two pre-ministerial
internships during their undergraduate years, giving them valuable hands-on
From Sterling, Virginia, Ryan Duncan ’17 is a
philosophy major and religious studies
“I chose R-MC because I feel I can form better relationships with people here than
I could at a larger school,” says Duncan. “In addition, the small class sizes mean
that I’m not just a number—I can really connect with my professors.”
Duncan, a member of the Yellow
Jacket football team and the Concert
Choir, says the Bailey Scholar Program is very important to him because
he is “constantly seeking to have a better relationship with the Lord, and my biggest
goal in life is to help those around me grow stronger in their faith.”
A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Brody Scott '17 is an
economics/business major and
football player who says R-MC’s close community was an important factor
in his decision to make Randolph-Macon his home away from home. “It’s the people
at Randolph-Macon that make a difference,” says Scott. “Especially within the football
program, everybody is like family.”
Scott says he has always wanted to work with youth ministry, and he hopes to eventually
make that his life’s work. “The opportunities the Bailey program provides—internships,
spiritual growth, being part of a caring Christian community—can’t be found anywhere
Scott’s long-range plans also include helping citizens who are living in struggling
communities. “I’d like to offer people long-term solutions to their needs,” he says.
“Really, my goal is to work wherever I can in order to positively affect the lives
A communication studies major
and religious studies minor, Ross
Wood ’17 chose R-MC after taking a campus
“R-MC is the perfect size when it comes to getting to know people,” says the Gordonsvile,
Virginia native. “Plus it is not far from home—but it’s far enough to make me feel
independent.” The Bailey Scholar Program is important to Wood for many reasons.
“It is helping me grow in my faith, and it helps pay for a lot of my tuition, which
is very helpful—I’m able to study something that I love without having to worry
about the cost.” Ultimately, Wood hopes to find a ministerial job and to perform
mission work. “I want to love what I do,” he says. “That’s very important to me.”
A Danville, Virginia native, Jacob Scott '17 chose R-MC because
the Bailey Program provides him with the opportunity to pursue his calling in a
positive and challenging environment.
“It’s great to know that I am receiving a quality education and at the same time
I have a real connection with others who feel a calling,” says the
religious studies major and psychology
minor. Scott’s short-term goals include getting involved on campus and joining some
student organizations. His long-term goals?
“I plan to become a pastor within the United Methodist Church and to pursue the
avenues that I am called to explore,” he says.
Turbyfill encourages students interested in finding out more about the Bailey Scholars
Program to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Bailey Scholars are always remarkable, and this year is no exception,” she says.
“I welcome the opportunity to talk to all students interested in this fantastic