Congratulations to the 2011 Scholarship Winners
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
THE APOLLOS PROGRAM
Announces Recipients of 2011
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
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
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
(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
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,
The Eugene C. Dinsmore Scholarship
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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,
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
Omaha, NE 68106-2616