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Three LSTC students receive prestigious national fellowship

Posted Aug 31, 2010

Meredith F. Coleman-Tobias, Meredith E. Harber, and Zachary D. Wagner, begin their studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with fellowships from the Fund for Theological Education (FTE). Coleman-Tobias has been selected as a doctoral fellow and will receive a stipend of $17,040 for tuition and expenses. Harber and Wagner, both master of divinity students, will each receive a $1,000 to $5,000 for tuition and expenses from FTE and matching support from their nominating congregations.

Supporting the next generation of leaders

Harber and Wagner were selected as FTE Congregational Fellows from a pool of applicants from across the U.S. and Canada. Students must be nominated by a congregation, be preparing for congregational parish ministry, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have the intellectual and interpersonal gifts for pastoral leadership. Harber was nominated by the Rev. Brian C. Miller, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Indiana, Penn. Wagner was nominated by the Rev. Christine A. Schrey, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill. Congregational Fellows attended the FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference held in June at the Boston University School of Theology.

Coleman-Tobias was selected as a Doctoral Fellow from a pool of applicants from across the U.S. The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of African American students pursuing graduate degrees in religious, theological or biblical studies. African Americans are traditionally underrepresented in theological education and on the faculties of the nation's theological schools. Doctoral Fellows attended the 2010 FTE Leaders in the Academy Conference, “Theological Education and African American Religious Leadership: New Paradigms, Perspectives and Paradoxes,” held in June at Chicago Theological Seminary and Catholic Theological Union.

About Fund for Theological Education Fellowships

FTE supports the next generation of leaders among pastors and scholars, annually awarding $1.5 million in fellowships and support to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Since 1954, FTE has awarded more than 6,000 fellowships. Its alumni serve congregations, schools and communities around the world. FTE fellowships and awards are funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Henry Luce Foundation. For more information, visit


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The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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