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Congratulations to the 2012 Scholarship Winners


Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation

Announces Recipients of 2012 Scholarships 



Four top scholars are named as recipients of the Apollos Scholarships continuing the historical tradition of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at  Omaha. The Seminary opened classes in September 1891. Dr. Gary S. Eller, President of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation announced the Foundation’s awards today continuing the traditions of the early leaders.



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


The Top Four Scholarship Award Recipients 


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

Mr. Andrew D. Smothers is beginning his second year of education at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary this fall.  He is a member of the Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, Iowa, which is in the East Iowa Presbytery. 


The Silas G. Kessler Scholarship 

A member of the Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh, Ms. Charissa C. Howe is continuing her Master of Divinity degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Howe’s church is in the Pittsburgh Presbytery.

The Eugene C. Dinsmore Scholarship 

Mr. Matthew D. Bauhof is entering his first year at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago this fall.  He is a member of the Northbrook Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, Michigan, which is in the Detroit Presbytery. 


The Robert K. Adams Scholarship 

As a second year student at McCormick Theological Seminary, Ms. EunJoo “Angela” Ryo is under care of the Chicago Presbytery where she is a member of the Hahna Presbyterian Church in Des Plaines, Illinois. 


The second level of Apollos Scholarships offers recipients $3,000 annually toward their expenses while they are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree program.  Ten students are honored this year and the recipients are listed by the seminary where they are enrolled this fall: 


Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia 

Ms. Ridgley I. Beckett transferred to Columbia for her second year.  She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which is in the Foothills Presbytery.   


Also attending Columbia is Ms. Shavon C. Starling-Louis.  She is entering her senior year and will graduate next spring when she begins the search for a position as a pastor.  She is a member of the Lakeview Presbyterian Church in Saint Petersburg, Florida.  Ms. Starling-Louis is also named as the finalist for the Marilyn A. Jackson Memorial Award.  The Jackson Memorial Award is offered to a senior seminarian who is willing to relocate to the central region served by the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. 


Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky:   

A member of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland, New York, Ms. Lynn M. Hasselbarth is entering her second year at seminary.  She is under the supervision and care of Albany Presbytery.

Joanna E. Hipp will be entering her second year of seminary classes this fall.  She is a member of Cameron Presbyterian Church in Cameron, North Carolina.  The Coastal Carolina Presbytery prays for her as she studies and faces the challenges of preparation for ministry. 

A member of First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joshua Miles is under the care of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery and beginning his Senior year of seminary. 


McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois 

Molly Hall is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Racine, Wisconsin.  She is entering her second year of seminary and is under the care of Milwaukee Presbytery. 


PittsburghTheological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  

Simeon Harrar is entering his Middler year at seminary.  He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA, and his preparation for ministry is being guided by the Presbytery of Donegal. 


Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey:   

Richard Adam DeVries is beginning his Senior year at seminary.  He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville TN, and is under the supervision of Middle Tennessee Presbytery. 


Eileen LeCluyse is named an Apollos Scholar as she enters her second year in seminary.  She belongs to Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale AZ and is being guided in preparation for ministry by the Presbytery of the Grand Canyon. 


San FranciscoTheological Seminary, San Anselmo, California   

Dori Kay Hjalmarson, is entering her second year of studies at seminary.  She is a member of the congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, KY.  The Presbytery of Transylvania is guiding her journey toward ministry. 


Apollos scholarship applications are submitted by students who are members of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation, under the care of their Presbytery as an Inquirer or Candidate and either accepted or enrolled in one of the 10 theological institutions under the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Applications are accepted between January 15 and April 15.  Recipients are selected from the applications and all award recipients and their churches are notified in August. 


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.


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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