News Release: Religion and Ethics, Student Life

Jul. 20,  2009

Candler School of Theology Students Win National Fellowships

Four Candler School of Theology students have won prestigious national fellowships from The Fund for Theological Education (FTE). Third-year master of divinity student Christina Repoley was named a 2009 FTE Ministry Fellow, incoming master of divinity students Kimberly Jenne and Jason Myers were named 2009 FTE Congregational Fellows and incoming master of divinity student Leah Lyman was named a FTE Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellow.

As a 2009 FTE Ministry Fellow, Repoley will receive $10,000 for educational expenses and to fund a self-designed project to enrich her formation as a ministerial leader. Attendance at the 2009 FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry and a leadership development program are also part of the award. Jan Love, dean of Candler School of Theology, nominated Repoley for the fellowship.

As recipients of 2009 FTE Congregational Fellowships, Jenne and Myers each will receive a $2,000–$5,000 award from FTE, which matches support from their nominating congregations for seminary tuition and living expenses. Attendance at the 2009 FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry is also part of their awards. Jenne was nominated by Grace United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Myers was nominated by Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

As a 2009 FTE Volunteers Exploring Vocation (VEV) Fellow, Lyman will receive a $2,500 stipend for first-year tuition and living expenses in addition to attendance costs for the FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry. VEV Fellowships provide financial help and mentoring support for recent college graduates who have participated in one of 11 national faith-based volunteer programs partnering with FTE, and who are entering a Master of Divinity program. Lyman's supervisor at UCC Young Adult Service Communities nominated her for the award.

FTE Fellows are chosen from a competitive pool of applicants from across the United States and Canada. Successful applicants must meet a grade-point average requirement as well as display intellectual and interpersonal gifts for pastoral ministry. The fellowships are underwritten by Lilly Endowment, Inc. to increase the number of highly capable young people exploring or preparing for ordained ministry as a profession.

The Fund for Theological Education is a leading ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship. It annually awards $1.5 million in fellowships to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds.

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