Two Members In Discernment (MID) Scholarships were awarded this year. The recipients were Kaeley McEvoy, a seminarian at Union Theological Seminary, and Richard Marquette, a seminarian at Yale Divinity School. MID Scholarships are awarded to individuals who are in college or seminary and are Members in Discernment at the time the application is submitted. These are people exploring the setting opportunities and the formational and educational prerequisites for a life in ministry and given the designation Member In Discernment by an association.
Two individuals received the Cynthia Wheeler Carr Scholarship for 2017. Katrina Lacombe is voice student and member of First Congregational Church of Southington. Nathan Bayreuther is the Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Madison and studying at Central CT State University. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who are furthering their music skills in some aspect of Sacred Music and have shown that their study will enhance worship services in the United Church of Christ.
The scholarships committees meet once a year to review applications and distribute funds. Rev. Elizabeth "Peggy" Allen, pastor of Milton Congregational Church, is a member of the MID and Carr committees and encourages more people to apply, specifically those who are Members In Discernment. She emphasized that applicants for the MID scholarship do not need to be in seminary, but they must begin the Members In Discernment process with an association by the time their application is submitted. Allen says the committee spends time considering the needs of all applicants, even considering the future debt that students may have when they graduate, and tries to award some funds to each one.
"It’s a very rewarding committee," said Allen. "I hope we're making a difference in the lives of these young people."
The MID and CARR committee includes Allen, the Rev. Denise Clapsaddle, interim pastor of First Congregational Church of Plymouth, and the Rev. Dr. Jamie Harrison, a retired UCC pastor.
The HAAC Scholarship committee consists of the pastors of the 6 Historic African American Churches: the Rev. Dr Keith Bolton, Liberty Christian Center International, the Rev. Stephen Camp, Faith Congregational Church, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Streets, Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church, the Rev. John Selders, Amistad UCC, the Rev. Dr. Jacob Kelly, Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ, Norwalk, and Rev. Steve Harvin, Warburton Community Church.
Applications for these scholarships are due in July of each year. Updated applications and information can be found at http://www.ctucc.org/scholarshipsandgrants.
Drew Page is the Media and Data Manager for the Southern New England Conference, and a member of the Conference's Communications Team. He writes and edits news, blogs, and devotionals, produces video, and spends a week each summer as a Dean at Silver...