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.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.