Beth Felker Jones '98 Receives Dempster Graduate Fellowship
April 1, 2004
April 1, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Beth Felker Jones, a certified candidate in the South Indiana Annual Conference and a 1998 graduate of DePauw University, has received a Dempster Graduate Fellowship from the United Methodist Church for the 2004-05 academic year. The awards, $10,000 for single students and $11,000 for married students, are the largest offered by a Protestant denomination, according to the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville. The 50-year-old fellowships are named for John Dempster, a 19th-century Methodist preacher who helped establish three denominationally related seminaries.
The United Methodist News Service notes Jones' DePauw degree and also her graduation from Duke Divinity School. "She is in her fourth year of a doctoral program at Duke University, specializing in systematic theology," it states.
The annual fellowships have helped graduate students move toward careers in theological education for the past five decades and represent the United Methodist Church's commitment to theological education both in the United States and around the world, according to the Rev. Robert Kohler, a staff executive in the division. Selection for the Dempster award is based on intellectual competence, academic achievement, promise of usefulness in teaching careers, personal qualities, and clarity of spiritual purpose and commitment.
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