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How do I get copies of my transcripts and/or course catalogs from TLC/LBI?

PacificLutheran University in Tacoma, Washington is the custodian of theTLC/LBI-Seattle student transcripts and course catalogs (those thatwere available at the time TLC ceased instruction). Please contactthe registrar’s office at PLU directly to request transcripts(

I’ve arranged an estate gift for TLC and/or LBI in my will. What will happen to this gift?

Yourgift will still be accepted by Trinity Education Foundation. Thenwe’ll work with you to complete the necessary paperwork to changethe name of the organization in your estate documents. You can restassured that your intent for your gift will be honored through thescholarships we offer. Please contact our executive director, JennyLockwald-Stewart, via email at jennys@tef-lbi.orgor by calling 425-249-4800.Shewill contact you within 24 hours.

If I am awarded a scholarship from the foundation, which schools can I apply to?

Ifyou have not already chosen a school, [link] click here for a list ofeligible colleges/universities.

Do I have to be a Washington state resident to apply?

No.The only requirement is that you are planning to attend an accreditedChristian college/university in the Northwest or a seminary in theUnited States.

Why do you award scholarships only to students attending faith-based schools?

TrinityEducation Foundation is a faith-based organization following in thefootsteps of Trinity Lutheran College and Lutheran Bible Institute.We believe in building up the body of Christ and preparing the nextgeneration to advance the faith, as Paul instructed Timothy: “Letno one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct,love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those whobelieve” (1 Timothy 4:12 NASB). This is why we’re committed toinvesting in students attending faith-based colleges/universities.

What is the assessment you use and why does it matter?

Weuse PathwayU as an insightful and practical tool to help our scholarsunderstand four key aspects of themselves: their interests,values, personality,and workplacepreferences.The outcomes generated by PathwayU provide a starting point for ourcoaches to guide the scholars through a process of discerning theirunique calling. From there, PathwayU provides a place for students toexplore possible career matches, including information on degreerequirements, average salaries, required skills, etc.Asthe student progresses through their college experience, PathwayUalso provides job search links that allow the coach and the studentto work together on preparing résumés, cover letters, and interviewprep.

Are your coaches certified in any manner?

Ourcoaches are certifiedthroughthe International Coaching Federation (ICF) and adhere to thestandards and ethics required for certification. Our coaches mustalso be established in their faith journey and actively involved incontinuing faith development.

What is your approach to understanding vocation and calling?

Whilethere are many approaches to identifying vocation and calling, wedraw from the wisdom of those who have studied and researched theBible on these subjects, including such authors as Parker Palmer,Frederick Buechner, Doug Koskela, and Os Guinness. We come alongsideour scholars to help them identify their unique gifts, talents, andpassions. They can then craft a journey that will result in apositive influence in the world, service to others in their chosencareer/ministry, and joyful fulfillment of who God created them tobe.

How can I stay connected?

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And of course, keep checking in here on our website for up-to-date information.

How can I know my gift will be used effectively?

The Trinity Scholars Program uses strict criteria in selecting the students we help. Then we provide professional coaching throughout each student’s college experience, guiding them toward successful completion of their goals with regular check-ins and consistent reporting.

Seminary students are required to provide an essay at the end of each year describing the outcomes of their studies and future plans.

Trinity Education Foundation sets standards for GPA and expectations associated with behavior/character that every scholar must commit to.Lack of compliance can result in the loss of the scholarship awarded.

From an organizational perspective, we are committed to the expectations of ethical and legal compliance associated with a Christian non-profit organization. We are dedicated to transparency and subscribe to the ratings of organizations like Guidestar.

How can I make the Foundation part of my estate plan?

By including the Trinity Education Foundation in your estate plan, you can ensure that deserving students will continue to receive the help they need. You’ll be extending the great legacy of Christian education and service established by the founders of Trinity Lutheran College, Lutheran Bible Institute, and the Foundation itself.

Here are some of the ways you can designate your gift:

  1. A specific bequest of a certain amount or an asset to be distributed to the Foundation after your passing. You can designate an amount, such as $10,000 or $20,000, or the entirety of your estate.
  2. A percentage bequest granting a certain percentage of your estate to the Foundation.
  3. A residual bequest designating the remainder of your estate (or a percentage of the remainder) after you have made other requests.
  4. A contingent bequest naming the Foundation as the recipient if another beneficiary does not survive you.

Remember: Your planned giving should always be prepared with the help of a qualified professional.

Be sure to let us know you’re including the Foundation in your estate plan or if you need help putting a plan in place. Call us at 425-249-4800. Or email us at

How can I donate to Trinity Education Foundation?

The easiest way is to go to our DONATE page and click on the DONATE TODAY button. You can even designate the scholarship fund you’d  like to give to.

Of course, you can also send a check  payable to Trinity Education Foundation and mail it to:

215 W. Mukilteo Blvd., Suite 205

Everett, WA 982013

(Please Note: Checks with no specific scholarship noted will be added to the general scholarship fund.)

What are the future plans of Trinity Education Foundation?

Every year a new generation ofdeserving students arises, many of whom will need the kind of helpTrinity Education Foundation provides. The Foundation will continueits mission, offering guidance as well as scholarships in the areasof ministry andpastoral leadership, business leadership, seminary andother fields.

Questions Regarding TLC & LBI

Is my degree affected by the school’s closure?

YourTrinity Lutheran College degree is still valid and recognized as abachelor’s degree from an accredited college. With your degree, youremain eligible for graduate programs. Lutheran Bible Institutecertificates also remain unchanged.

What happened to the TLC students?

ManyTLC students transferred to other colleges. The TLC administrationworked tirelessly to find transfer opportunities for those who wouldnot graduate by the spring 2016 semester. Faculty met with eachstudent to develop individualized plans. The administration workedwith other four-year institutions to reach transfer agreements forqualifying credits.

Why did Trinity Lutheran College close?

Likemany smaller private colleges, TLC experienced declining enrollmentin recent years, making some tough decisions unavoidable. In earlyJanuary 2016, the board of directors met to review the financialstatus of the school. It became clear that the fundraising andrecruitment efforts that would be needed to sustain the college werebeyond reach. Several options were presented to the board. In theend, a vote was taken and a unanimous decision was made to ceaseinstruction on May 7, 2016. A subsequent announcement letter from theboard was sent to faculty, staff and students. These actions did notaffect the viability of Trinity Education Foundation, which continuesits mission on an expanded basis.