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Religious Studies Student Receives Theological Fellowship Award

Publication Date: 6/28/2010

Religious studies major Leigh DeVries ’11 has been selected to receive a Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Undergraduate Fellowship, which recognizes students who have gifts for leadership and who are interested in exploring ministry as a vocation.

Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., the awards provide funds for them to attend a conference on pastoral leadership. FTE Undergraduate Fellows are selected by a national committee of theological educators and church leaders. Students must be nominated by a professor, school administrator, pastor or campus minister; hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average; have an interest in pastoral ministry and demonstrate leadership in a church or school community.

Dr. Bernadette McNary-Zak, associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes, nominated DeVries.

“These exceptional students see ministry as a compelling path to serve others, to renew the church and to create change in the world,” said Kim Hearn, director of FTE Ministry Fellowships. “They bring intellect and compassion to community challenges of every type—spiritual, educational, social and economic.” 

For more information about the program, visit www.fteleaders.org

Tags: Honors, Students

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