The Katherine Schutze scholarship was named in honor of a native of Marfa, Texas, who was ordained at 30. Katherine’s early career included teaching Hispanic children in that community for several years. Later, she became a missionary to China, and later, in what is now the Yakama Christian Mission. Schutze also taught at Drake University in Iowa, and at Lexington (Ky.) Theological Seminary. She especially maintained a passion for women in ministry in the Disciples of Christ. In her last years with the United Christian Missionary Society (UCMS), Schutze devoted energy to locating other ordained women and establishing the first programs for support of Disciple clergy women. Upon her death in 1980, the Katherine Schutze Scholarship was founded to encourage future generations of women as they prepare for ordained ministry.