Leaving a Legacy

Scholarship recipient David Scheirer shares his powerful story at the 2009 Legacy Luncheon held at TWU.

Had someone told David Scheirer fifteen years ago that he would one day attend Trinity Western University with the goal of continuing to seminary school, he would not have believed it. As a teenager and young adult, Scheirer struggled with drug abuse, went to rehab after high school, and was kicked out of his first year of Bible school.

“I shoveled anything I could find into the hole in my life, any drug I could find that could numb the pain of my existence,” Scheirer remembers.

His life style escalated, becoming more dangerous as he got into dealing drugs—until the death of a close friend started him on a long spiritual journey. “After that, I got a real job, and slowly began to live a new life, but I still struggled with addiction and guilt from my friend’s death.”

After a long process of personal and spiritual discovery, Scheirer began to see a new direction to his life. He married, and with his wife Angelique, moved to Japan to teach English. They had been there for two years when together they began to think about the next step.  

The couple decided to return to their native British Columbia and further their education, Scheirer explained as he shared his story at Trinity Western University’s annual Legacy Reception & Brunch. “We wanted to be better equipped.” Scheirer says. “I had also been preaching in our church and felt the need to learn more in order address the questions being asked. And so we made the difficult decision to come home for more training. ”   

Scheirer continues, “We knew the quality of education and teaching at TWU, and felt like it would be the best place for our next step in life.”  

However, Scheirer made it clear at the Legacy Reception, which is held to honor the University’s Scholarship Patrons and Heritage Legacy-2 (2)Members, that this opportunity is largely a gift from the individuals who have donated to Trinity Western Scholarship funds and provided him with the financial means to pursue further education. “I would not be here if it were not for the generosity of the donors who have established the scholarships I have been granted. I am thankful for the confirmation that I am pursuing the right path, and that people have the faith to invest in my future.”

Inga Warnock, TWU’s Executive Director of planned giving, says the Legacy Reception provides an opportunity for the University—and for students such as Scheirer—to thank the individuals who have a vested interest in TWU. “Donors are able to meet the students who have received their scholarships, and they can see how much their gift changes students’ lives.”

“Every scholarship has a story attached to it,” Warnock continues, “and that for me is the legacy. It provides young people with the opportunity of an educated future because someone established a scholarship.”

Scheirer plans to graduate in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Religious Studies. “I cannot express how much receiving a scholarship means to me,” he says. “It makes me even more determined to ensure that I make the most of my education.” 

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

Last Updated: 2009-11-10
Author: Elisabeth Fallon