The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students was established to support the seminary education of members of the United Church of Christ who are from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in our church. Grants are also made to support doctoral study at accredited graduate schools for those seeking to pursue a scholarly teaching vocation in the field of religion.
Rooks Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, educational fees charged by the educational institution, books, room and board and basic living expenses (housing, food). Payment will be made to the seminary or theological school. Rooks Scholars may request funds from the institution for basic living expenses.
Member of a local church congregation of the United Church of Christ;
From an underrepresented ethnic group (such as African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American Indian, or Pacific Islander);
Applicants are expected to have begun the Member in Discernment process with an Association of the United Church of Christ by the time of application;
Enrolled in a Master of Divinity program at a theological school which is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and which includes in its curriculum provision for adequate instruction in the history and polity of the United Church of Christ;
At least a B grade point average in all post high school academic studies;
Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership through a history of service to the church and scholarship through exceptional academic performance and who intend to become pastors and teachers within local churches of the United Church of Christ.
Applicants must demonstrate, through written narrative, the ability to express ideas in sequence using appropriate, standard language;
Both full-time and part-time students are encouraged to apply.
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