For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly McLendon at 404-727-4481
(Nov. 15, 2006) Answering a call to ministry in the United Methodist Church means more than raising oneï¿½s hand and saying, "Here am I." For those answering a call to ministry in the local church, it also means choosing a seminary, moving to a new place, and finding a way to finance theological education.
Candler School of Theology hopes to ease the transition for members of the Holston Annual Conference. Thanks to a gift from Mrs. Olive Quenelle of Johnson City, Tenn., the school is able to offer full-tuition awards to full-time United Methodist students from the Holston Annual Conference who are preparing for ordained pastoral ministry. The Quenelle Scholarships are renewable each year upon maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30.
One such scholar is Daniel Ogle, a second-year student at Candler who plans to return to Holston to enter pastoral ministry after graduating in 2008. He noted Candler's "reputation for academic excellence combined with a passion for social justice" as his reasons for coming to the school, but said it was the Quenelle Scholarship that made it possible. The scholarship allows him to focus solely on seminary without having to hold a job at the same time. "This generosity has allowed me to participate more fully in the community, in my classes, in worship, and in countless transforming friendships and conversations."
The scholarship follows in line with Mrs. Quenelle's commitment to supporting education; in addition to her generous gift to Candler, she has supported her church and three United Methodist-related colleges.
Rev. Laura Anderson Shearer 03T is a shining example of how this scholarship has benefited the Holston conference. Now in a dual appointment as the Associate Pastor of Church Street UMC in Knoxville, Tenn. and the Associate Director of the Holston Conference Pastoral Counseling Center, Shearer says she would not have been able to follow her calling at Candler without the Quenelle scholarship. "As soon as I set foot on campus, I knew Candler was the right place for me to be," she said, but she could not have met the costs of theological education without financial help. "I still have debt," she said, "but the Quenelle scholarship was the major financial contributor to my being able to go to school and follow my calling."
Candler School of Theology is 1 of 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States. Its mission is to education ï¿½ through scholarship, teaching, and service ï¿½ faithful and creative leaders for the churchï¿½s ministries in the world. Candler offers programs leading to master of divinity, master of theological studies, master of theology, and doctor of theology degrees.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate college of arts and sciences, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities. For nearly two decades Emory has been named one of the country's top 25 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
The school of theology hopes that those in the Holston conference who have heard the call to ministry in their lives will consider pursuing it at Candler. Those interested in applying for the Quenelle Scholarship should submit their applications to Candler School of Theology by March 1, 2007.
For more information, contact:
Rev. Shonda Jones
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Candler School of Theology
Atlanta, GA 30322