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Check out the 2012 Fellowships and Awards at a Glance.

The Bernadine Orme Smith Fellowship

Each year the faculty nominates the graduating senior who has attained the highest excellence in the Master of Divinity program in academic success and in leadership, integrity and commitment to ministry. This fellowship was established in 1888 by Col. Dudley C. Smith of Bloomington, Illinois and provides a stipend. Each year the faculty designates an alternate recipient who will receive the fellowship if the original recipient is unable to use it. The faculty has the right to decide that, in any given year, no senior merits the award. 

The fellowship is to be used for further graduate or professional degree study. While ordinarily it will be used in the year following graduation, upon written request a one-year postponement may be arranged with the Committee on Fellowships and Awards and through the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The postponement may be renewed annually for a period not to exceed six years.

Research Proposal Fellowships

Fellowships in Old Testament Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Practical Theology, Church History, and Theology/Ethics are awarded on the basis of application and research proposal. Applications in Old Testament and New Testament also require a written examination in Hebrew and Greek, respectively, and applications in Church History also require an oral examination on the proposal. The research proposal is developed by participation in the course I-478, Seminar on Research Methods, and in consultation with an advisor from the field to which the proposal will be submitted. The faculty of the respective fields recommend the winner of each fellowship to the Committee on Fellowships and Awards.

M.Div. students who have been registered at McCormick for the two years immediately prior to graduation are eligible for these fellowships, as are M.A.T.S. students who have done the majority of their work at McCormick. To be eligible a student must have attained a grade point average of 2.25 (B+) at the beginning of the senior year. In the case of a transfer student, the record at the former school is consulted as a factor in the competition but is not included in the grade point average.

Ability to use secondary sources in modern languages other than English, while not required of candidates, ordinarily will be advantageous in the preparation of the research proposal and will be taken into account in judging its quality.

Students wishing to compete should indicate their intention in writing to the Committee on Fellowships and Awards and the appropriate field by October 1 of the year before the fellowship will be granted. Students who do not take I-478 must apply to the committee to have this requirement waived by the end of the first week of the term in which I- 478 is offered. The deadline for the submission of the research proposal is March 1 of the year the fellowship will be awarded. Students may not submit applications to more than one field and may compete only once.

All fellowships are awarded with the expectation of immediate use for further graduate or professional degree study. While ordinarily the fellowships will be used immediately after graduation, upon written request a one-year postponement may be arranged through the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Committee on Fellowships and Awards. Such postponements shall not exceed a total of six years. 

Once a fellowship is granted, a plan of study must be submitted in writing for approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Following approval of the plan of study, the stipend will be paid in equal semiannual installments, the first of these becoming available within sixty days of the recipient’s graduation from the Seminary. 

The George Tressler Scott Fellowship in Practical Theology

Through the generosity of the Reverend Dr. George Tressler Scott, McCormick ‘09, and the members of his family, the Trustees of the Seminary are able to make an annual grant to a deserving graduating senior on the basis of demonstrated ability and interest in the field of applied Christianity. The award is to be used toward further graduate study.

While ordinarily it will be used in the year following graduation, upon written request a postponement for one year may be arranged with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The postponement may be renewed annually for a period not to exceed six years.

Applicants for the fellowship should register for the course I-478, Seminar on Research Methods, to develop a detailed research article for further study, which will be submitted to the Ministry Field. The research proposal is due March 1.

The Nettie F. McCormick Fellowship in Old Testament Hebrew

Through the generosity of Mrs. Nettie F. McCormick, an annual fellowship for two years is made to the senior M.Div. or M.A.T.S. student who shows the highest attainment in a written examination on a previously specified portion of Hebrew and in a research proposal on a selected Old Testament topic approved in I-478, Seminar on Research Methods. The examination must indicate marked proficiency in the Hebrew language, and the research proposal must possess academic distinction. The research proposal and the examination must be completed by March 1.

The fellowship is to be used toward two years of graduate study. At the will of the holder, a portion of the time period for which the fellowship is tenable may be used for travel in biblical lands.

The fellowship is to be used for further graduate or professional degree study. While ordinarily it will be used in the year following graduation, upon written request a one-year postponement may be arranged with the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. The postponement may be renewed annually for a period not to exceed six years.

The T. B. Blackstone Fellowship in New Testament Greek

This fellowship, endowed by Mrs. T. B. Blackstone, provides an annual stipend for two years to the senior M.Div. or M.A.T.S. student who shows the highest attainment in a written examination on a previously specified portion of Greek and in a research proposal on a New Testament topic approved in I-478, Seminar on Research Methods. The examination must indicate marked proficiency in the Greek language, and the research proposal must possess academic distinction. The research proposal and the examination must be completed by March 1.

The award is to be used toward two years of graduate study. At the will of the holder, a portion of the time period for which the fellowship is tenable may be devoted to travel in biblical lands.

The fellowship is to be used for further graduate or professional degree study. While ordinarily it will be used in the year following graduation, upon written request a one-year postponement may be arranged with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The postponement may be renewed annually for a period not to exceed six years.

The Arthur A. Hays Fellowship in Church History

Through the generous gift of the late Arthur A. Hays, who taught Church History at McCormick from 1909 to 1945, it is possible to offer an annual fellowship for two years to the senior M.Div. or

M.A.T.S. student who shows the highest attainment in a research proposal on a topic in the church history field approved in I-478 and in an oral examination defending the proposal. The oral examination must show marked proficiency in the field, and the proposal must possess academic distinction. The award is to be used toward two years of graduate study. The research proposal and the examination must be completed by March 1.

The fellowship is to be used for further graduate or professional degree study. While ordinarily it will be used in the year following graduation, upon written request, a one-year postponement may be arranged with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The postponement may be renewed annually for a period not to exceed six years.

The John V. Farwell Fellowship in Theology and Ethics

Through the generous gift of John V. Farwell, McCormick Theological Seminary is able to offer a fellowship for graduate study in theology/ethics. The John V. Farwell Fellowship recognizes outstanding work in the field and potential for further graduate level work. It is an award for study in a graduate or professional degree program in theology or ethics. The fellowship is awarded with expectation of immediate use, but upon written request, a one year postponement may be obtained through the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Such postponements are not to exceed a total of six years. Those wishing to compete should should enroll in I-478, Seminar on Research Methods. A research proposal must be submitted by March 1 of the student’s senior year. The field faculty will make their recommendation to the Committee on Awards and Fellowships based upon the submitted research proposal and overall performance in the field. Both the proposal and performance in the field should evidence academic distinction.

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