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2012 Marilyn A. Jackson Memorial Scholarship Award Announced


The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation announces that Ms. Shavon C. Starling-Louis is the recipient of the Marilyn A. Jackson Memorial Award.  The Jackson Memorial Award provides $7,500 upon her ordination.  Ms. Starling-Louis will graduate from Columbia Theological Seminary next spring.  She is a member of the Lakeview Presbyterian Church congregation in Saint Petersburg, Florida. 

President Gary S. Eller commended Ms. Starling-Louis for her cum laude honors from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, where she majored in psychology. Dr. Eller indicated she is also a recipient of an Apollos Scholarship of $3,000 during her third and final year at Columbia. 

The Marilyn A. Jackson Memorial Award is “to provide support for pastoral leadership to persons who are or who will be serving small Presbyterian churches with a first preference for minority students in the Synods of Lakes and Prairies, Mid-America, Rocky Mountain and the Sun…”  The award is a bequest from the late Mrs. Ralph Jackson, who was a long-time member of the Center Ridge Presbyterian Church in the community near Red Oak, Iowa. 

Three alternates selected for the Jackson Memorial Award includes two students who are also working toward their Master of Divinity degrees at Columbia: Mr. Jeachul “J.C.” Kang is a member of Saint Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Texas; and Ms. Chanmi Park who is a member of Hanbit Presbyterian Church in Johns Creek, Georgia. The third student selected as an alternate, Ms. Debra Broyles Trevino, is enrolled at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Ms. Trevino is a member of Buckingham Presbyterian Church in Berlin, Maryland. 

The Apollos Program will assist 36 seminarians during the 2012-13 academic year. The value of the 17 newly announced awards is nearly $128,000. Since 1954, the Foundation has provided over $3.5 million to individuals seeking to become ordained leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Applications are received between January 15 and April 15 for the following fall semester from students attending one of the 10 Presbyterian seminaries. 


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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