Awards and Prizes
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Applications will be available February 1. Here's the 2017 Fellowships and Awards Application.
Awards are given annually to stimulate scholarly study and ministerial development and to recognize excellence of achievement. A student must be in good academic standing at the time he or she applies for or is nominated for an award. The faculty reserves the right in any year not to grant one or more of the awards. Recommendations regarding the recipients in each case are made by the faculty of the respective fields.
All application materials should be sent to Alicia Rhine by the last Monday in March of the year the fellowship, award, or prize will be granted. Inquirers should contact Alicia with questions on eligibility or the application process.
The information on awards and prizes is organized by subject area and by method of competition as follows:
Competitions in Preaching
Candidates may apply or be nominated for the following awards. All application materials should be submitted to the Convenor of the Ministry Field by March 1. The sermons should be submitted with the liturgy of the service and should be integrated with the liturgy, faithful to its scriptural text, sensitive to its audience and persuasive in expression. Sermon manuscripts submitted (one per contestant) must include a cover page stating a description of the preaching situation, the particular need of the congregation that the sermon addresses, the theme or purpose of the sermon, a bulletin of the service, and an audio cassette of the scripture reading and sermon.
The Ellen and James Taylor Awards in Preaching
First and second prizes with appropriate monetary stipends are given for the best sermons submitted.
The Jesse Halsey Award for Imagination in Preaching
A prize, with monetary award, is made annually to the student who has demonstrated a gift for imagination in preaching. Any student in the M.Div. program is eligible.
The Martin D. Kneeland Award for Sermon Delivery
A prize, with monetary award, is given annually to the student who has demonstrated particular gifts in sermon delivery. Any student in the M.Div. program is eligible.
The James W. Angell Award for Preaching with the Congregation
A prize, with monetary award, is offered to the student who has best demonstrated an understanding of the corporate dimensions of preaching: an awareness of the dynamics of the congregation’s life, its needs, its hopes, and the means of realizing its corporate calling.
Competitions by Essay
Candidates may apply or be nominated for the following awards and prizes.
- The Nettie F. McCormick Award in Old Testament
- The Isabella Blackstone Award in New Testament
- The Isabella Blackstone Award in Church History
- The Henry P. Crowell Award in Systematic Theology
These four awards, with monetary stipends, are offered for the best essays in the respective fields of study. Candidates for these awards should consult with a professor from the field to which the essay will be submitted. Recommendations for the recipient of each award will be made by the faculty of each field. Seniors in the M.A.T.S. program, and middlers and seniors in the M.Div. program are eligible.
The Henry W. Andersen Award in Pastoral Ministry
This award, with monetary stipend, is offered through the generosity of the First Presbyterian Church, La Grange, Illinois, in honor of their beloved pastor, to the graduating senior in the M.Div. program who composes the best essay on the parish ministry and on his or her reasons for entering it. The essay is normally written for a course in the field of ministry. The candidate for the award is recommended to the faculty by professors in the field.
The Floyd V. Filson Prize
This award was established to honor the memory of Floyd V. Filson, longtime McCormick professor of New Testament, and Faculty Dean. Two prizes may be awarded annually for the best essays in the field of New Testament by students completing their junior year.
Competitions by Examination
The Hugh McBirney Awards in English Bible
First and second awards, with monetary stipends, are given to the students who have earned the highest and second highest scores on the PC(USA) Bible Content Examination.
The Samuel Robinson Awards
Through the generous provision of Mr. Samuel Robinson, 10 monetary awards can be given each year to the 10 members of the student body who are candidates for the ministry and who best pass the memory examination on the Shorter Catechism of The Westminster Confession of Faith. Interested students should contact the Convenor of the Theology/Ethics Field.
Awards by Nomination
The Arthur R. McKay Prize in Theology
This award, established by the family in honor of the president of the Seminary (1957-70), may be awarded annually, with a monetary stipend, to a senior in the M.Div. program who has demonstrated outstanding theological ability. A nominee for the prize is recommended by the faculty in the field of theology. The prize is awarded solely on the basis of a judgment concerning theological ability.
The Marshall Scott Urban / Labor Ministry Award
This award was established by the alumni/ae of the Presbyterian Institute on Industrial Relations (PIIR) in honor of PIIR’s director. The award may be granted annually, with monetary stipend, to a senior in the masters program who has demonstrated excellence, commitment, and promise to urban and/or labor ministry. Nominated students will have a strong academic record (especially as demonstrated in research or analysis in urban ministry courses), give evidence of outstanding work in a ministry site related to urban and/or labor ministry, and provide a brief paper on her/his vision for urban and/or labor ministry.