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Congratulations to the 2011 Scholarship Winners


Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation  


Announces Recipients of 2011 Scholarships 


Dr. Gary S. Eller, President of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska, announces 14 new recipients of the Apollos Scholarships continuing the historical tradition of the original Presbyterian Seminary in Omaha established in September 1891. 


The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation offers financial aid for seminary students through its Apollos Program.  This specific financial assistance is available to seminary students seeking to become ordained leaders and pastors in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).  The first award was presented in 1954 to James H. Costen, who was a seminary student.  Through the years, the program has generated nearly $2.5 million in financial assistance and is given directly to the students. 


The Apollos Scholarship awards have two levels.  Four named scholarships honor early leaders of the Foundation who envisioned providing support for those studying to become pastors in the Presbyterian Church:  the Rev. Dr. Howard B. Dooley, the Rev. Dr. Silas G. Kessler, the late Eugene C. Dinsmore, and the late Robert K. Adams.  Each named scholarship equals $6,000 during the academic year and offers a maximum of $18,000 during the three-year program leading to a Master of Divinity degree.   


The four distinguished award recipients are enrolled in four different seminaries and include: 


The Howard B. Dooley Scholarship recipient:
(Dr. Dooley lives at Aurora, Nebraska.) 

Eric S. Vinsel is beginning his theological education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary this fall.  He is a member of the River Glen Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL. 


The Silas G. Kessler Scholarship recipient:

Paul W. Snyder is a member of the Arvilla Presbyterian Church in Arvilla, ND.  Snyder concludes his Master of Divinity degree this year at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.   


The Eugene C. Dinsmore Scholarship recipient:    

Kristin E. Riegel is entering her second year at McCormick Theological Seminary.  She is a member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church in Corfu, NY. 


The Robert K. Adams Scholarship recipient:   

Greg D. Allen-Pickett is a member of the Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, CO.  Allen-Pickett is entering his second year at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX. 


The second level of scholarships offers recipients an annual amount of $3,000 toward expenses during each year they are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program at seminary.  Ten Apollos Scholarship awards provide the next group of recipients with financial assistance this year.  Recipients are listed by the seminary where they are enrolled this fall: 


Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas

Cynthia A. Eschliman begins her first semester at seminary.  She is a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church congregation in Hutchinson, Kansas. 


Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia:   

Frank “Mike” McCracken returns to seminary for his second year.  He is a member of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. 


University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa:   

Paul G. Both is entering his second year in the Master of Divinity degree program.  He is from Sudan, Africa, and is being mentored by the First Presbyterian Church in Saint Cloud, MN.

Owar O. Ojula is originally from Ethiopia.  He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN.  He is also entering his second year this fall. 


Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky:   

Katherine E. Jasa is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE. She is entering her first year at seminary.  

Darcy L. Metcalfe will be entering her final year as a senior this fall.  She is a member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Logansport, IN. 


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  

Melanie YoonHee Kim is entering her final year at seminary.  She is a member of the Plymouth Presbyterian Church congregation in Pittsburgh, PA.   


Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey:   

Sarah R. Bird, junior, member of Glade Spring Presbyterian Church, Glade Spring, VA. 

John W. Molacek is a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Master in Omaha, NE.  He is entering his second year of theological studies at Princeton. 


Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA: 
Matthew L. Drumheller, is concluding his studies as a senior.  He is a member of the congregation at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, Blacksburg, VA. 


Apollos Scholarship applications are accepted from students who are members of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation, under the care of a Presbytery as a Candidate or Inquirer, in the upper 25 percent of their college graduating class, and either accepted or enrolled in one of the ten theological institutions under the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Applications are accepted between January 1 and April 30.  Recipients are selected from the field of completed applications and all applicants and their church officials are notified in August. 



For additional information, please contact:


President: The Rev. Dr. Gary S. Eller                    Telephone: (888) 244-6714

Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation

7101 Mercy Road, Suite 216                                 Email: opsf@opsf-omaha.org

Omaha, NE 68106-2616






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