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Ten women receive seminary scholarships

6/5/2003 News media contact: Linda Green (615) 742-5470 Nashville, Tenn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Ten seminarians are recipients of an annual scholarship given to women over 35 who are preparing for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church as a second career.

The women each have been awarded a $5,000 Georgia Harkness Merit Scholarship for the 2003-04 academic year. Recipients of the award must be enrolled as full-time students in a master of divinity degree program at a University Senate-approved theological school and certified candidates for ordination. The senate is a United Methodist organization that certifies schools for affiliation with the church.

The recipients, their schools and annual conferences are:
· Constance N. Barnes, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.; South Carolina Annual Conference.
· Catherine N. Davis, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, N.C.; Western North Carolina Conference.
· Joanne Marie Davis, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas; Missouri Annual Conference.
· Johnna Jalene Galloway, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Okla.; Arkansas Annual Conference.
· Stephanie M. Harmon, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa; Oklahoma Annual Conference.
· Jodi Sellars Smith, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas; North Texas Annual Conference.
· Karen Jean Sorden, Iliff School of Theology, Denver; West Michigan Annual Conference.
· Gay Lynn Tonelli, Union Theological Seminary, New York; Virginia Annual Conference.
· Linda A. Warehime, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington; Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.
· Sandi S. Whelan, Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, N.J.; Wyoming Annual Conference.

Since 1983, the Harkness awards have been given in memory of the life and service of teacher and theologian Georgia Harkness, who died in 1974. She was instrumental in the decision by the 1956 General Conference to give women full clergy rights in the former Methodist Church.

Award recipients must demonstrate leadership traits that she embodied: scholarship, spiritual leadership and social justice leadership.

For more information, contact the Division of Ordained Ministry at P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007 or (615) 340-7409, or visit online.
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This report was adapted from a press release by Pamela Crosby, a staff member of the Office of Interpretation at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tenn.

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