2017 Higgins Scholarships Awarded

The Higgins Scholarship Committee met on May 25th and awarded $19,000 in scholarships to five students from the $19,640.77 that was available for scholarships as of 12/31/2016.

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. An awardee must be a half-time or full-time seminary or doctoral level student. Priority is given to full or half-time students under the care of the Chicago Presbytery who are in seminary or in a doctoral program in a ministry related field.

The Higgins Scholarship Recipients for the 2017-2018 year are:

  • Woonjo Park – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student, Chicago Presbytery.
  • Samuel Akhtar – Catholic Theological Union,  Ecumenical DMin student, Teaching Elder, Chicago Presbytery
  • Theola Jones – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, DMin. Theola is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of Chicago.
  • LSTC – A student who for personal reasons has asked to remain anonymous
  • Nathan Achterhof – McCormick Theological Seminary, MDiv student, under care of Lackawana Presbytery.

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