LSTC announces Advanced Studies fellowships and awards September 13, 2011

Sixteen students in Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago doctoral programs were awarded fellowships totaling more than $50,000 for the 2011-2012 year. LSTC provided financial aid scholarships totaling $146,421 for 36 students to support their coursework and continuing studies. Five international students received ELCA Global Mission Partnership Fellowships for both tuition and living expenses. This partnership between LSTC and ELCA Global Mission develops leaders for the worldwide Lutheran Church.

“We are grateful that many generous people have created fellowships and scholarships that support the next generation of theologians and teachers studying at LSTC. Through their generosity, we are able to provide assistance to almost two thirds of LSTC’s master of theology and doctor of philosophy students,” said Esther Menn, director of Advanced Studies. “These awards mean so much to students who are called to this specialized ministry of theological education. Their ministry will prepare many others, around the world, to be visionary leaders for the church.”

Fellowship and scholarship recipients

Most award recipients are nominated by the faculty. Recipients of LSTC 2011-2012 endowed fellowships and scholarships are:

Robert Marshall Graduate Fellowship (North American), designated for North American doctoral students at LSTC - Bridget Illian

William J. and Elizabeth M. Danker Fellowship (International Student/World Mission), designated for international doctoral students, especially those studying World Christianity and Mission at LSTC - Nayoung Ha, Emanuel Penumaka, Jonathan Pimentél Chacon, Yahu Vinayaraj

Eleanor and Arnold Scherer Fellowship (International Student/World Mission), designated for international students, especially those studying World Christianity and Mission at LSTC (nominated by Division) - Iskandar Bcheiry

Kathryn Sehy Endowed Fellowship (Interfaith), designated for a doctoral student in interfaith studies at LSTC - Crystal Silva-McCormick, Jonathan Wilson

International Women’s Scholarship, designated for international women doctoral students at LSTC - Mary Tororeiy

E. Theodore and Mercia B. Bachmann Fellowship, designated for doctoral students at LSTC  - Matthew Frost

Ralph W. Klein Ph.D. Fellowship in Biblical Studies, designated for a doctoral student in Biblical Studies (especially Old Testament) at LSTC - Rebecca Luft

Christian Palestine Scholarship Fund, designated for a Palestinian doctoral student at LSTC - Niveen Sarras

International Student Fellowship, designated for an international doctoral student at LSTC  - Chakravarthy Zadda, Prinstone Ben

Lutheran Visionary Leaders Ph.D. Fellowships, first awarded 2011-12
Presidential Visionary Leaders Fellowship -  Jeffrey Fitzkappes
Servant Visionary Leaders Fellowship - Carl-Eric Gentes

LSTC/ELCA Global Mission Partnership Fellowship recipients

Eva Guldanova (Slovakia), Sanchita Kisku (India), Pintor Sitanggang (Indonesia), Masresha Mengiste Chufa (Ethiopia) and Agalew Tesseme Mengesha (Ethiopia) received the LSTC/ELCA Global Mission Partnership Fellowships.

Advanced Studies at LSTC

Approximately 70 students are enrolled in the master of theology and doctor of philosophy degree programs at LSTC. International students represent a large and very important part of the program with respect to both their numbers and their contributions to theological dialogue and community life.

Faculty for advanced degree programs are scholars who are leaders in their fields of expertise. They are also experienced teachers and advisors. Students have access to the resources of the JKM Library on LSTC’s campus. It is one of the foremost theological collections in the United States. They also have access to the teaching and library resources of the 11 schools in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.


Esther Menn 
Director of Advanced Studies 

Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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