Candler School of Theology students win national fellowships

Communion Three 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 and incoming Master of Divinity students Kimberly Jenne and Jason Myers were named 2009 FTE Congregational Fellows.

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, St. Louis, Mo. Myers was nominated by Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.

Both FTE Ministry and Congregational 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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About Candler School of Theology

Candler School of Theology, Emory University, is an intellectually vital, internationally distinguished, and intentionally diverse university-based school of theology. Candler is committed to educating ministers, scholars of religion, and other leaders. Candler is dedicated to expanding knowledge of religion and theology, deepening spiritual life, strengthening the public witness of the churches, and building upon the breadth of Christian traditions, particularly the Wesleyan heritage, for the positive transformation of church and world. It is one of 13 United Methodist Church seminaries, and its enrollment includes more than 500 students from more than 50 denominations.