Congratulations to the
2015 Scholarship Winners
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary
THE APOLLOS PROGRAM
Dr. Gary S. Eller, President of the Omaha Presbyterian
Seminary Foundation has announced the recipients of Apollos Scholarship awards for this year, continuing the
Foundation tradition of supporting seminary students who are pursuing a Master of Divinity degree and seeking to
become ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The
Foundation has provided support to seminarians since 1954 and has awarded more than $3.9 million directly to
Awards honoring former Foundation leaders
provide the seminary students with $6,000 annually during the academic year. The 2015-16 scholars selected for special recognition are:
Ms. Benishek is beginning her Middler year
at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She is
a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities
Area oversees her preparation for ministry.
Joseph R. Chapman
Mr. Chapman will begin his studies at San
Francisco Theological Seminary in San Francisco, California, this fall. He is under the care of Detroit Presbytery and is a member of Northside
Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Colin R. Kerr
Mr. Kerr is entering his second year as a
Distance Education student at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina,
and his preparation for ministry is guided by Charleston Atlantic Presbytery.
Sharon L. Rees
Ms. Rees, just beginning her seminary
education as a Distance Education student at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, is under care of
Central Nebraska Presbytery where she is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney,
Mary E. Stephan
Ms. Stephan is a Senior (or third year
student) at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her home church is
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Jackson, New Jersey, and Monmouth Presbytery guides her preparation for
Marilyn A. Jackson Memorial
The Marilyn A. Jackson Memorial
Scholarship Award was established “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 scholarship honors the late Mrs. Jackson, who was a long-time member of
the Center Ridge Presbyterian Church near Red Oak, Iowa.
This year, Matthew W. Aldas, a Senior at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in
Austin, Texas, has been selected for the Jackson Award. He will
receive $7,500 upon graduation and ordination as a pastor in one of the 13 states in the Foundation’s catchment
area: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota,
Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Should Mr. Aldas decline the award, the alternate—Daekeun
Park, a Senior at Columia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia--would be next to be offered the
The next level of Apollos Scholarships
offers recipients $3,000 annually toward their expenses while they are enrolled in the Master of Divinity degree
program. Twenty-two students were chosen as Apollos Scholars this
year. They are listed by the seminary they attend.
Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas
Orange Park Presbyterian Church in Orange Park, Florida, and St. Augustine Presbytery.
Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, and Heartland Presbytery.
Benjamin P. Masters,
Middler, from Lake
Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Twin Cities Area Presbytery.
Edmond D. Sackett,
Middler, from St.
Cloud Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud, Florida, and Central Florida Presbytery.
ColumbiaTheological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia
Senior, from First
Presbyterian Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Presbytery of Charlotte.
the Korean Community Presbyterian Church of Duluth, Georgia, and the Presbytery of Greater
Stephanie Bishop Loftin,
Oconee Presbyterian Church of Watkinsville, Georgia, and the Presbytery of Northeast Georgia.
Senior, from the
Korean Presbyterian Church of Rossville, Georgia, and the Presbytery of East Tennessee.
Lauren M. Patrus,
Middler, from the
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Georgia, and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.
Barrett A. Payne,
Middler, from Grace
Covenant Presbyterian Church of Asheville, North Carolina, and Western North Carolina
Charles M. Pittman,
Senior, from First
Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Presbytery of South Louisiana.
Middler, from First
Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia, and the Savannah Presbytery.
Glenda C. Wickstrom,
Middler, from John
Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and Foothills Presbytery.
Universityof Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
Beau Dansizen, Distance Education
student, from Avon
Lake Presbyterian Church in Avon Lake, Ohio, and Western Reserve Presbytery.
Christine A. Dempsey, Distance Education
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Homestead Presbytery.
Rod Nash, Distance Education
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, and the Presbytery of Olympia.
Katina D. Sharp, Distance Education
Farragut Presbyterian Church in Farragut, Tennessee, and the Presbytery of East Tennessee.
Julius K. Sheppard,
Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina, and New Hope Presbytery.
LouisvillePresbyterian Theological Seminary,
Jackson First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Michigan, and Lake Michigan Presbytery.
Senior, from Chaple
Lane Presbyterian Church of Midland, Michigan, and Lake Huron Presbytery.
Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
Middler, from the
First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, Colorado, and the Presbytery of Western Colorado.
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church of Richmond, Virginia and the Presbytery of the James.
Other Apollos Scholarship recipients
(selected previously) and continuing their seminary studies include: Kathy F. Lee at Austin; Rebekah B. Carpenter, Brittany Fiscus, Karl Heimbuck, Keith Phillips,
and Lisa Schrott at Columbia; Carolyn Grice and Matthew C. Wilcox at
Dubuque; Megan C. McCarty at Louisville; Aaron Neff, Carolyn Newman, Jessica Rigel, and Zachary Wooten at
Princeton; and Sarah Chivington-Buck and Patrick Kiptum at San Francisco.
Apollos Scholarship applications are
accepted from students who are members of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation, under the care of a
Presbytery as a Candidate or Inquirer, and enrolled in one of the 10 theological institutions of the
Presbyterian Church (USA). Applications may be submitted
between January 15th and April 1st,. and those honored with an award are notified in early August.
For additional information or to obtain a copy, you may
Rev. Dr. Gary S. Eller
Telephone: (888) 244-6714
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation
7101 Mercy Road, Suite 216