Scarritt College for Christian Workers

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Scarritt College for Christian Workers was a college that trained missionaries, teachers and other people dedicated to sharing Christianity. It was associated with the United Methodist Church.

The institution was formed in Kansas City, Missouri as the Scarritt Bible and Training School in 1892. At this point it had the goal of training females to serve as missionaries in the Southern United States. In 1923 it moved to Nashville, Tennessee and affiliated with the George Peabody College for Teachers. Its name was changed to the Scarritt College for Christian Workers and it became co-educational.

By the late 1930s Scarritt College was offering graduate programs. In the 1960s it began to face declining enrollment. In 1973 J. Richard Palmer, formerly of Berea College was brought in as president to increase fundraising and enrollment. From 1980 to 1988 only the graduate school operated, and in that year the entire school closed.

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