Rita Houston Scholarship Awarded to First Recipient

Regent College Foundation is pleased to announce that Regent College has presented the inaugural Rita Houston Scholarship to Merina Matthew. The 58 year-old single mother expresses her delight at being at Regent College: “Each day that I am in class is a day of wonder and deep appreciation. I often feel like I need to pinch myself to see if I am really at school or if I am dreaming!”

In a very special Regent College chapel held on April 11, 2011, Rita Houston was honoured. President Rod Wilson gave the morning homily on Christian hospitality and its gospel importance, highlighting Rita’s unique giftedness in that regard. Countless students over the past 40 years have experienced Rita’s hospitality, enjoying Sunday dinners around her table. In a fitting tribute, President Wilson announced that the Regent College kitchen was being named The Rita Houston Kitchen (Rita and Merina are pictured in front of its entrance). And thanks to the generosity of a handful of American friends and alumni, Regent College Foundation was pleased to make a sizeable grant to Regent College to create this new scholarship.

The Board of Regent College Foundation congratulates Merina and delights in joining with the entire Regent community in thanking God for the life and ministry of Rita Houston.

Read more about this remarkable woman in the Rita Houston Tribute written by her children.