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In the Presence of the Lord - John Robertson McQuilkin

Robertson McQuilkin, former Ben Lippen headmaster, the third president of Columbia International University, and son of the school’s first president R.C. McQuilkin, passed away on June 2, 2016. He was 88 years old.

Born John Robertson McQuilkin on Sept. 7, 1927 in Columbia, South Carolina, he was educated at University High School and Ben Lippen School, Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and Fuller Seminary in California.

Upon graduating from seminary he taught for two years at Columbia Bible College, and then became headmaster of Ben Lippen School in Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, he, his wife, Muriel and their four children moved to Japan where for 12 years he planted five churches, winning people to faith in Jesus Christ. While in Japan he also served as interim president of Japan Christian College.

In 1968 he was called back to Columbia Bible College and Seminary to serve as president for 22 years. During that time enrollment doubled, radio stations WMHK in Columbia and WRCM in Charlotte, North Carolina were founded and Ben Lippen School was moved from Asheville to Columbia.

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Midlands Gives: You Made a Difference!

Midlands Gives officially ended at noon. To be honest we, as first-timers, were not exactly sure what to expect. We only knew that the Lord would bring to Ben Lippen School the blessings He foreknew.

We are humbled and overwhelmed, first with the generosity of your donations, and second with the patience and understanding you have shown in the face of some serious technical difficulties experienced by the national server.

We wish we could report the total received for Ben Lippen, but because gifts were coming in over multiple platforms, that announcement would be premature. Please know that each and every contribution is deeply appreciated and we are looking forward to sharing that information with you as soon as possible.

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Midlands Gives

Ben Lippen is participating in the third annual Midlands Gives on Tuesday, May 3! It is a 24-hour online giving event that helps to raise money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties.

As you know, Ben Lippen School is changing lives every day by assisting the family and church in equipping students spiritually, academically, socially, and physically from a biblical worldview. Your generous support on Midlands Gives Day will make a meaningful difference to student financial aid at Ben Lippen School, helping more Columbia area students to receive a world-class, Christ-centered, globally-significant education.

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Upper School Fine Arts Expo

You are invited to the Upper School Fine Arts Expo on April 21 at the St. Andrews Road campus for an evening of fun and fine arts! Come early to grab a bite to eat at The Haute Dog Lady Food Truck. Tickets for the food truck are only $7 and can be purchased in advance (see the upper school offices) or at the event.

The art show starts at 6:30 and the guitar and choir concert starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. We have a special night planned with final performances from our bluegrass band and a debut performance of the new group! We hope to see you there!



Keith Marion Board Scholarship Recipient

Each year with the help of the administration, faculty, and staff, the Ben Lippen Board of Directors awards the Keith Marion Board Scholarship to the candidate with financial need whom they believe most clearly reflects Ben Lippen’s mission—spiritually, academically, and socially under the Lordship of Christ.While GPA is taken into consideration, the Scholarship is not necessarily awarded to the student with the highest GPA.

Congratulations to Callie Philpott for being chosen as the recipient of this year’s Keith Marion Board Scholarship!She will be receiving $4,700 toward next year’s tuition.

A rising senior who has been a student at Ben Lippen since kindergarten, Callie is a member of the National Honor Society. She has challenged and pushed herself academically during all her time at Ben Lippen. She has not shied away from the difficult science, math, and history courses. Approximately half of her high school academic credits are made up of honors and advanced placement courses.

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Announcing Three National Merit Finalists

BLS 2016 National Merit Finalists

Three seniors at Ben Lippen School have been selected as National Merit Finalists. They are Rachel Bradley, Sarah Childs, and Yumi Naruke. All three Ben Lippen Finalists have attended Ben Lippen for 12 years.

The three are among South Carolina’s highest scoring individuals on the PSAT and join approximately 15,000 other high school students as Finalists in this prestigious scholarship program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization that evaluates the PSAT scores of over 1.5 million U.S. high school juniors. It is one of the most highly prized competitions in the United States.

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