The scholarship is annually given to a full-time seminary student who has a special interest in writing of all genres. In addition to a cash award, Guild members will mentor Eldred.
Eldred said, “I am humbled and honored to receive a writing scholarship through the Presbyterian Writer's Guild. As a hobby, I have been working on several writing projects for many years. It is a blessing to be provided professional mentoring and guidance through the Guild. Having recently completed a bachelor's degree in English Literature at Northeastern Illinois University, a higher education process that spanned several universities and more than twenty years of my life, it is both gratifying and reaffirming to be honored for my writing work. I look forward to sharing the process and progress of my Presbyterian Writer's Guild mentoring work with MTS students and faculty over the next year.”
The Guild supports and enhances the art and craft of writing and publishing for Presbyterian writers. It sponsors a General Assembly luncheon biennially and issues awards for distinguished writer and first- book. At the 2012 luncheon, the Rev. John M. Buchanan was named winner of the David Steele Distinguished Writer Award, which is given to a writer who has distinguished himself or herself in journalism, literature or scholarly writings.