Started in 1986, Providence Christian Nursery School was founded as a ministry under the nonprofit organization, Providence Ministries, Inc. The nonprofit was established by Ronald and Barbara Christman who worked with the board and operated the preschool for 22 years. However, in 2008, when Ron and Barb decided to step away from the school, the church wanted to keep the ministry active and the preschool became a ministry of Shepherd of the Hill Church.

Peg Merkley was the lead person during this transition. During this time, she was on the board and was instrumental in interim. When she died the family requested donations for a scholarship related to the preschool, this money was the startup for the Peg Merkley Scholarship. It was their vision to support former members of the preschool as they sought to continue their education.

Peg and her husband were long time members of the church and we are forever grateful for the work they did helping to establish our church’s preschool. Along with the Peg Merkley Scholarship we also support their daughter Lauren as one of our missionaries.

Peg Merkley and her Husband

Scholarship Details


There will be one $500 scholarship given.


The scholarship shall be awarded to a student whose ability indicates success in higher education; who has been accepted by a school for post high school study; who has demonstrated responsibility of citizenship and character by participation in extra-curricular and community activities; and who possesses an acceptable scholastic record. This student must also have completed the Pre K class at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Preschool, or Providence Christian Nursery School, located at 527 Hoffmansville Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505.


Applicants must complete and submit following application by April 15th. The award will be given annually to a graduating senior; unless the scholarship is withdrawn by Shepherd of the Hills Preschool Board. The selection will be made by the Shepherd of the Hills School Board during the spring semester, and be awarded in June.

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