Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago students Elonda Clay and Zachary Parris each received fellowships from the Fund for Theological Education (FTE) to support their studies. Clay, a Th.M./Ph.D. student pursuing a degree in science and religion, is one of 19 students across the country to receive the FTE Doctoral Fellowship for rising African-American scholars. Parris is one of 40 students from across the country named a Congregational Fellow, which required that he have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate leadership skills for ministry.
Clay is studying the use of technology in social activism and in the church. She came to LSTC because of the Zygon Center of Religion and Science. Antje Jackelen, the director of the Zygon Center is her advisor.
Parris began his studies in the master of divinity program in early September. He is from South Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Clemson University. Encouraged by his campus pastor to attend seminary and apply for the FTE Fellowship, Parris decided to come to LSTC to expand his experience of the church. He intends to enter parish ministry.