|Five students receive campus ministry scholarships|
March 22, 2007 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
Five people working in campus ministry are the 2007-08 recipients of an
annual scholarship offered by the United Methodist Board of Higher
Education and Ministry.
The agency is providing $21,000 in assistance through the Bishop
James C. Baker Graduate Awards, given through the agency's Office of
Loans and Scholarships to students interested in improving their skills
as a campus minister in higher education through advanced study, and who
are expected to remain in campus ministry.
"Campus ministers and chaplains play a critical role in the
development of future leaders for the church and the world," said
Angella Current-Felder, executive director of the Office of Loans and
"Often, a campus minister is the sole connection to church for a
young adult who is away at college. These awards offer an opportunity
for advanced training and study to those campus ministers and chaplains
who plan to continue working on campuses."
Newly announced recipients are:
- Jennifer Copeland, a renewal Baker Award recipient, is nearing
completion of a doctorate degree in hermeneutics at United
Methodist-related Duke University in Durham, N.C. She has served as the
Duke University Wesley Fellowship campus minister since 1999.
- William Finnin, a three-time Baker Award recipient, has served for
27 years as senior chaplain and minister to Southern Methodist
University in Dallas. He is pursuing a doctorate in practical
theological and ethical issues related to Christian inclusivism within a
campus setting at Southern Methodist University.
- Robert Hicks, director of the Wesley Foundation at Washington State
University, is pursuing his doctorate in leadership studies at Gonzaga
University, Spokane, Wash.
- Jeanne Koughna, a three-time recipient of the Baker Award, is
director of the Wesley Foundation at Ferris State University. She is
pursuing a doctorate in psychology at Walden University, Naples, Fla.
- Jane Nickell, chaplain at United Methodist-related Allegheny College
in Meadville, Pa., is pursuing a doctorate in sociology of religion at
Drew University in Madison, N.J.
The awards, named for the late James C. Baker, are given to campus
ministers or chaplains who are continuing their education through a
full-time degree program, certified non-degree program or independent
“Campus ministers and chaplains play a critical role in the development of future leaders for the church and the world.”–Angella Current-Felder
Baker began a campus ministry in 1913 for college students attending
the University of Illinois and named it the "Wesley Foundation." The
ministry later became the model for denominational ministry at public
universities across the United States.
Information about educational scholarships and loans in The United Methodist Church can be found at www.gbhem.org/gbhem/loans2.html,
by contacting the Office of Loans and Scholarships, P.O. Box 340007,
Nashville, TN 37203-0007, or calling (615) 340-7344 about scholarships
and (615) 340-7346 about loans.
News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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