Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-06-05

Samford University senior Jeremiah Chester has received a prestigious fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education (FTE).

As an FTE Undergraduate Fellow, Chester will receive $2,000 for tuition, other educational expenses or a self-designed experience related to the exploration of ministry.

He will also attend the 2009 FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry, "Becoming Rich toward God: Pastoral Leadership and Economic Justice," June 17-21 at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.

FTE undergraduate fellowships recognize students who have gifts for leadership and are exploring the possibility of ministry as a vocation. Chester is a philosophy and religion major from West Palm Beach, Fla.

The fellowship award is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The 2009 FTE undergraduate fellows were chosen by a national committee of theological educators and church leaders on the basis of academic achievement, an interest in exploring ministry as a vocation, and demonstrated leadership in a church or school committee. Fellows were selected from a pool of applicants from across the U.S. and Canada.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.