2014 Recipients of Higgins Scholarship to Seminarians

$60,000 in scholarships awarded to 14 students

Submitted by Rev. Grayson Van Camp, moderator of the Higgins Scholarship Fund Committee

Background: During his lifetime, William H. Higgins gave financial assistance to many students at McCormick Theological Seminary. At the time of his death, he left a bequest to continue his support of those preparing for professional leadership in the church. This bequest is called the Higgins Scholarship Fund and has been administered by a committee accountable to the Presbytery of Chicago since 1960.

Awards of up to $5,000 (and not less than $2,000) are made on the basis of potential for ministry, ecclesiastical connection, plan of study, and financial need. Priority is given to full or half-time students under the care of the Chicago Presbytery who are in seminary or in a PhD program in a ministry related field.

The Higgins Scholarship Recipients for the 2014-2015 year are (alphabetically):

  • Kerri Allen – Garrett Theological Seminary, PhD student. Kerri is a Teaching Elder in Chicago Presbytery and serves as on call chaplain at North Shore University Hospitals.
  • Fern Brown – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Fern in under care of Chicago Presbytery and a member of the Chicago Pullman.
  • Miseon Choi – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Miseon is under care of Hanmi Presbytery and a member of New Commandment Church.
  • Joel Diaz – McCormick Theological Seminary, Masters of Theological Studies student. Joel is the pastor at Cicero Emmanuel.
  • Addison Domske – Dual degree student: McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv; University of Chicago, AM (equivalent to MSW). Addison is under care of New Wilmington Presbytery and a member of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church in New Wilmington, PA.
  • Mark Eldred – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Mark is under care of Chicago Presbytery and a member of Chicago Fourth.
  • Abigail Heimach – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Abigail is under care of Whitewater Valley Presbytery and a member of the Irvington Presbyterian Church, Irvington, IN.
  • Jennifer Hubbard – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Jenny is under care of Chicago Presbytery and serves as Co-Director of Children’s Ministry at Naperville Knox.
  • Catherine Knott – Garrett Theological Seminary, PhD student. Catherine is a Teaching Elder in Chicago Presbytery and serves part time as a pastor for children’s worship at Kenilworth Union Church.
  • Jae Hyoung Lee – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Jae Hyoung is a member of Midwest Hanmi Presbytery and a member of the Korean United Presbyterian Church.
  • Je Myoung Lee – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Je is under care of Chicago Presbytery and a member of Naperville Knox.
  • Jon M. Phillips – Chicago Theological Seminary, PhD student in the area of Theology, Ethics, and Human Resources. Jon is under care of Inland Northwest Presbytery and a member of Manito Presbyterian Church in Spokane, WA. He just was called to be pastor at Evergreen Park.
  • Benjamin Snipes – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Ben is under care of Whitewater Valley Presbytery and a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
  • Sang Young Won – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student. Sang is a member of Midwest Hanmi Presbytery and a member of Sae-Khwang United Presbyterian Church.

I know I speak for the whole committee and our invaluable consultant Garnett Foster when I say that reading the Higgins Scholarship Applications is a great privilege. It is a joy to see how God is working in the lives of these students and an encouragement to know that they plan to use their abundant gifts and talents to ‘equip the saints for ministry.’

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