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Awards & Scholarships
New York Theological Seminary has been the beneficiary of generous gifts from a number of alumni/ae and friends over the years who have established a living legacy in the form of a permanent endowment to support current students with scholarship assistance. Scholarships are drawn from the interest of these funds and areawarded annually following the description for each award. For more information on how you can provide a permanent scholarship fUnd at NYTS, contact the Office of Development.
The Mary Angevine Memorial Scholarship was established by former students and friends of Mary Angevine “as a living memorial in her honor.” Mary Angevine served as Director of the Extension Department of The Biblical Seminary in New York for more than 30 years.
The Ellen Blodgett Memorial Scholarship was established in her memory by the Rev. Agnes C. Saffoury, class of 2005, to help students from under-represented communities in the Seminary.
The William L. Bradley Memorial Scholarship was established in his memory by the family and friends of Dr. William L. Bradley, including Paul W. Bradley, class of 2007, to provide scholarship support for a deserving student from Southeast Asia, Indonesia, or the Phillippines.
The Herbert Owen and Emily Justine Burden Scholarship provides assistance for clergy and lay persons pursuing graduate degree programs.
The Magda Bratland Scholarship was established by Magda Bratland to provide scholarship support to help students of any denomination.
The Elsie Reimer Burkhard Memorial Scholarship was established through the will of Elsie R. Burkhard, a Lutheran layperson, to provide scholarship support to help students of any denomination.
The Esther Cummings Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of Esther Cummings to commemorate her life and ministry. Esther Cummings served as Professor of Missionary Linguistics and Public Speaking at The Biblical Seminary in New York.
The Iva Shafer Diehl Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. George W. Diehl in memory of his wife to provide aid for a deserving student.
The Jane E. Doolittle Scholarship assists financially needy students studying for the ministry.
The Margaret Eddy Scholarship provides support for a graduate student in the Master of Divinity Program. Margaret Eddy was a graduate of the Seminary and a member of the Board of Trustees.
The Charles Fama Scholarship was established through the will of Henrietta Fama in memory of her husband, a student in the Italian Department of The Biblical Seminary in New York.
The Ethel Mae Gaston Memorial Scholarship was established by Ethel Mae Gaston’s family and friends to honor her dedication and commitment to the increase of ministry within the church. This scholarship is awarded to Baptist students.
The Emily V. Gibbes Scholarship was established by friends of Emily Gibbes to honor Dr. Gibbes’ courageous leadership and role-modeling for Black Christian women. The award is given annually to Black female students who demonstrate unusual leadership potential.
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship was established in the name of publisher William Randolph Hearst to promote excellence in ministry and to assist those who are financially challenged in obtaining quality accredited theological education.
The Melvyn F. Hester Scholarship was established by Dr. Laura J. Pires-Hester in memory of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Melvyn F. Hester, to support students in the Masters Program, preferably employed in public service.
The George and Alice K. Hewitt Scholarship was established by Alice K. Hewitt to provide scholarship support for needy students.
The Barbara J. and M. William Howard Jr. Scholarship was established to honor the work and ministry of the Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Jr., president of NYTS from 1992-2000, and his wife, Barbara. This scholarship is awarded to students with strong denominational identity, deeply involved in a local congregation, and with a discernible ecumenical commitment. Recipients must demonstrate a call to a ministry of social justice and social transformation.
The Sang Ok Hur Scholarship was established by the Rev. Dr. Young S. Kim, class of 1994, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Sang Ok Hur, to assist women enrolled at New York Theological Seminary who are called to ministry.
The Gudrun Kartevold Scholarship was established by Gudrun Kartevold, class of 1931, in gratitude for the spiritual blessings that have ﬂowed from her student days at The Biblical Seminary in New York.
The Else and Gerhard Knorr Scholarship was established by Else and Gerhard Knorr to provide scholarship support to worthy students at the Seminary.
The Margaret Smith Maase Scholarship was established in 2001 to honor the life and missionary zeal of Margaret Smith Maase, ’48. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student of New York Theological Seminary , preferably affiliated with the Baptist tradition, who either comes from Southeast Asia, or is planning to do missionary work, or is planning to enter the ordained ministry, and exhibits financial need.
The Rev. Richard S. McCarroll and Mrs. E. Allison McCarroll Scholarship was established on the 50th anniversary of Reverend McCarroll’s graduation (class of 1929) from The Biblical Seminary in New York, to assist in the education of Master Divinity students.
The Ella and Harold Midtbo Scholarship was established by Dr. Harold Midtbo, Trustee Emeritus and Trustee of the Seminary from 1953 to 1990, and his wife, Mrs. Ella Midtbo, for deserving students in need.
The Margarita Mir Ecumenical Scholarship was established by Dr. Margarita Mir, former student and Trustee of New York Theological Seminary, to aid students committed to the ecumenical spirit of the Christian Church.
The Arthur and Ann Marie Moker Scholarship was established by Arthur and Ann Marie Moker to provide assistance to worthy and needy students pursuing a Seminary program.
The William Howard Morton Scholarship was established by the parents of William Howard Morton in memory of their son, whose untimely death cut short a promising career of great potential in Christian ministry. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the Master of Divinity Program.
The Mildred Neumeister Scholarship was established by Carolyn J. Neumeister to commemorate the life and ministry of her sister, Mildred Neumeister.
The Wilbur and Gladys Nordos Scholarship was established by Gladys Nordos to provide scholarship assistance to clergy enrolled in degree programs.
The John Olsen Scholarship was established by Gladys Nordos in memory of her father, John Olsen, a Methodist layman committed to the church. The award is given annually to a Methodist student in the Master of Divinity program.
The Abraham A. Oyedeji Scholarship was established by members of Christ Apostolic Church (First in the Americas ), Brooklyn, New York, in honor of their founding pastor, the Reverend Doctor Abraham A. Oyedeji, to support students of recent continental African descent, or who intend to serve in ministry within an African-Instituted Church anywhere in the world.
The Caroline L. Palmer Scholarship was established by Margaret T. Stainton and Robert L. Taylor in memory of their aunt, Caroline L. Palmer, a Professor of Biblical Studies at The Biblical Seminary in New York and a graduate of the Seminary’s first class in 1901.
The Florence W. Pert Scholarship was established in 1994 by members of Marble Collegiate Church in New York City to honor the Rev. Dr. Florence W. Pert, a New York Theological Seminary graduate and trustee, on the 20th anniversary of her ministry at Marble. The scholarship is awarded annually to a woman of outstanding promise who is studying for the Master of Divinity degree and intends to enter the ordained ministry.
The Robert S. Potter Scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees to honor the memory of Robert S. Potter, trustee and friend of New York Theological Seminary.
The Florence Virginia Preston Scholarship was established by Rosalbo V. Preston in memory of her daughter, Florence Virginia Preston. Members of the First Baptist Church of Hackensack, New Jersey are given preference in the awarding of the scholarship.
The Maria Pritchard Scholarship was established as directed from the Estate of Maria Pritchard to provide scholarship support to students of New York Theological Seminary.
The George D. Younger Scholarship was established in his memory by the family and friends of the Rev. Dr. George D. Younger to support New York Theological Seminary students who demonstrate courage, integrity and commitment to urban ministry. Preference in awarding the scholarship is given to students who are members of The Riverside Church in New York City.
Several scholarships are awarded annually to candidates for degrees at NYTS by churches or other funds directly. The following are specifically given to NYTS students.
The Cheryle Childs Isreal Scholarship is given annually by the Sisters on the Move Prayer Circle under the auspices of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Roosevelt, New York, in honor of Cheryle Childs Isreal, one of the Sisters most inspirational and supportive founding members. The proceeds of this scholarship is set aside for women who are responding to God’s call to ministry.
The Hylton L. James Scholarship is given annually by the Berean Missionary Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York, in memory of their former pastor, the Reverend Hylton L. James. Preference is given to members of Berean Missionary Baptist Church for the annual award.
The Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship was established by Mary Ida Vandross, mother of the renowned singer Luther Vandross, to provide full scholarships for members of Mariner’s Temple Baptist Church who are enrolled in a degree program at NYTS.
Several permanent funds at the Seminary have been established to support programs of the Seminary. Funds are drawn annually for special lectures, conferences, alumni/ae day events, and more.
The Vernon M. Dougherty Fund was established by New York Theological Seminary in memory of the Rev. Vernon M. Dougherty, Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, to support alumni/ae program activities in perpetuity.
The Hostetter-Habib Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to ensure the ongoing institutional commitment of NYTS to explore and innovate in cutting edge programs of faith development, youth ministry, ecumenical and multifaith understanding, and improving the vitality of mainline denominations. Kang Fund for Korean Ministries was established in the spring of 2009 by Board member Henry Kang who designated the first funds toward a future chair in Korean Ministries.
The Lowell W. Livezey Fund was established in memory of Professor Lowell W. Livezey who taught at the Seminary from 2004 until 2007 and supports the work he began that now continues in the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Ministry.
The Trefoil Fund for Liturgy and Worship was established by Father John Miles Evans, graduate of the Seminary and member of the Board of Trustees, as a permanent endowment for the study of liturgy and worship at New York Theological Seminary.
The George W. “Bill” Webber Fund for Urban Ministry was established upon the retirement of Bill Webber as President of the Seminary in 1982. In 2004 the Board of Trustees, with the support of the Webber family, formally designated these funds to support a future George W. “Bill” Webber Chair in Urban Ministry. Gifts continue to be solicited explicitly for this purpose. Wilber t Webster White Fund was established by the Board of Trustees following the sale of the Seminary’s property at 49th Street with funds from the sale set aside to support Biblical scholarship at the Seminary in honor of the Seminary’s founding president. Additional support from alumni/ae and friends designated as being in memory of W. W. White are added to this fund.
The Sower Award is New York Theological Seminary’s highest honor. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1988, it is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in excellence and faithfulness in ministry. The image of the Biblical Sower, found in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew, was the Seminary’s official logo under its founder and first President, Dr. Wilbert Webster White. The award is a mounted bronze relief modeled after the painting “The Sower” by French artist Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875). The beautiful bronze casting is prominently displayed at the entrance of the Seminary’s administrative offices. As New York Theological Seminary seeks to teach excellence in ministry, it also seeks to honor excellence in the ministry of those who “have gone out to sow.”
The Vernon M. Dougherty Distinction in Ministry Award is the highest award given by New York Theological Seminary to alumni and alumnae of New York Theological Seminary and The Biblical Seminary in New York. Candidates for the award must be nominated by another graduate of the Seminary and must be the recipient of a degree or certificate from the Seminary, have been engaged in ministry for at least fifteen years, and have distinguished themselves in either ordained or lay ministry. Recipients are selected by a special committee representing the Alumni/ae Association, faculty and administration. The award was renamed in 2008 in honor of the late Rev. Vernon M. Dougherty, Class of 2003, who served as the Seminary’s Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations from 2002 to 2008.
The Urban Angel Award is given each spring at the Seminary’s annual Gala banquet and honors a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and vitality of urban communities throughout the greater New York area, around the nation, and throughout the world. Funds that are raised through the Urban Angel Awards Gala support Seminary operations.
The Maria Kim Award was established by the Board of Trustees in 2007 and is presented occasionally in recognition of outstanding leadership on behalf of women in the world Christian community. The award is named in honor of Biblical Seminary graduate Maria Kim, class of 1932, a leader in the March 1, 1919 Independence Movement in Korea and later President of the National Organization of Korean Presbyterian Women. The award is given upon the vote of the Board of Trustees.
The President’s Award is presented annually to a graduating Master of Divinity student who has distinguished himself/herself in ministry that most embodies the spirit of New York Theological Seminary. The award recipient is selected by the President on the recommendation of the faculty.
The Bible Award is given in honor of The Biblical Seminary in New York, and is awarded by the Faculty of New York Theological Seminary to the graduating student who, in the judgment of the faculty, most embodies the commitment to excellence in biblical studies.
The Excellence in Ministry Award is presented annually to a graduating Doctor of Ministry candidate who has submitted a Demonstration Project which, in the judgment of the faculty, makes an original, relevant, and significant contribution to the theory and practice of ministry as judged by the standards of the profession.
The Academic Dean’s Award is presented annually to a graduating Certificate Program student who has distinguished himself/herself academically in the program and who, in the judgment of the faculty, demonstrates the most potential for pursuing graduate theological education. The award recipient is selected by the Academic Dean on the recommendation of the faculty.