Congratulations to the 2012 Scholarship
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
Announces Recipients of 2012
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
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.
Top Four Scholarship Award Recipients
The Howard B. Dooley
(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
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
The Eugene C. Dinsmore
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
The Robert K. Adams
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,
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
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
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago,
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,
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
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.
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
For additional information, please
President: The Rev. Dr. Gary S. Eller
Telephone: (888) 244-6714
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
7101 Mercy Road, Suite 216
Omaha, NE 68106-2616