Perkins School of Theology - Fellowships, Awards and Prizes
The John Hicks Fellowship
The John Hicks Fellowship was established in memory of Professor John Hicks,
former teacher of the Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology. The fellowship
is offered to support research in the broad area of biblical studies and is especially
designed to provide travel to the Bible lands to aid in that research. The fellowship
is open to any qualified student enrolled in a degree program in Perkins (M.Div.,
C.M.M., M.T.S., M.S.M., D.Min.) or the Graduate Program in Religious Studies
The deadline for applications is December 15 or six months prior to the beginning
of the project, whichever comes first. Inquiries should be addressed to any
member of the biblical faculty or the associate dean for Academic Affairs.
The John M. Moore Fellowships
In 1946, the late Bishop John M. Moore established a fellowship fund, the income
from which was to be used to give aid for postgraduate work in theology to United
Methodist graduates of the theological schools of the United Methodist Church,
with preference given to graduates of Perkins.
The fellowship is for one year with stipends ranging from $2,000 to $8,500. The
committee and the directorate base their judgments on academic accomplishments,
promise of teaching and research ability, and Christian character. Those seniors
and recent graduates who wish to be considered must submit their application by
March 1 to the associate dean for Academic Affairs at Perkins School of Theology.
Information concerning the proper way to make application should be sought in
ample time to fulfill all the requirements.
The Bínai Bírith Awards in Social Ethics
In the spring of 1953, the Harold M. Kaufman Memorial Foundation of the
George Levy Lodge of Bínai Bírith, the oldest Jewish service organization, established
two annual prizes in social ethics for seniors at Perkins. Winners are to be
determined under the supervision of the Committee on Student Development on
the basis of scholarly competence in the field and personal commitment as shown
in voluntary activity in support of worthy social causes. The establishment of the
awards by the George Levy Lodge of Dallas, led by Dr. Herman Kantor, Mrs.
Harold Kaufman and Stanley Kaufman, is only one in a series of generous acts on
the part of the Jewish community for Perkins School of Theology.
The Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Bray Award in Hebrew
Endowed by Charles Kiely Hegarty, II, in honor of the Brays, this award is made
to the student who ranks highest in Hebrew scholarship.
The W.B. DeJernett Award in Homiletics
By the will of Dr. W.B. DeJernett of Commerce, Texas, $1,000 was left to the
school, the income from which is to be given in a directed award to a senior theological
student, based on the studentís scholastic record and ability in the field of
The Charley T. and Jessie James Bible Awards
Awards are given each year to students on the basis of their grades in biblical
courses and on papers assigned, together with their general scholastic record. These
awards are provided from an endowment of $2,500 given in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs.
C.T. James of Ferris, Texas.
The Jerry W. Hobbs Award in Worship
The Jerry W. Hobbs Award in Worship is awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated academic excellence in worship combined with personal commitment to the worship life of the Perkins community during her or his time at Perkins.
The Paul W. Quillian Award in Homiletics
In 1945, Dr. and Mrs. Paul W. Quillian gave $1,000, the income from which is to provide an award to the senior student in homiletics presenting the best written sermon.
The William K. McElvaney Preaching Award
The William K. McElvaney Preaching Award is given to the student who has presented the best written sermon on a public issue, which includes a social crisis, a controversial issue or a chronic social problem.
The Charles Claude Selecman Award in New Testament Greek
A prize is awarded annually in memory of Bishop Charles C. Selecman to the student who ranks highest in New Testament Greek scholarship. This award is made only when, in the judgment of the professor, the class is large enough to evince a competitive interest.
The Albert C. Outler Award in Theology
Established by Robert A. and Barbara Field West, in honor of Professor Outler, this award is given to the student contributing the most outstanding essay in theology during the academic year.
The Glenn Flinn Senior Award
The Senior Award was established by Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Flinn in 1959 to honor that member of the graduating class each year who, in the judgment of the faculty,
best exemplifies the aims and aspirations of the school and the church for its ministry. The recipient will be one who gives promise of possessing, in unusual measure, the gifts and graces of the Christian minister. The student should possess well-rounded interests and be serious in the stewardship of talents and deeply committed to his or her calling.
The Karis Stahl Fadely Scholarship Award
This award was established by the family and friends of Karis Stahl Fadely, alumna of Perkins, who died in Liberia in April 1978 while serving as a minister of the Gospel. The award is made to students who exhibited qualities that were exemplified by Karis Fadely: commitment to Jesus Christ and the mission of her or his church, ability in a wide range of ministerial functions, a high sense of responsibility and good management of time. Preference is given to students who have served in international or intercultural internships.
The Elsa Cook Award
The Elsa Cook Award was established by students and friends to honor Elsa Cook when she retired from the Perkins staff. The recipient is chosen by the members of the senior class and is awarded each year at the annual spring banquet.
The Master of Sacred Music Award
The Master of Sacred Music Award is given to the graduating M.S.M. student who has maintained a high honors level in music studies and performance and who has contributed to the community life of Perkins School of Theology.
The W. B. J. Martin Award in Homiletics
Established with an endowment of $10,000 by the First Community Church of Dallas, this award is given each year in recognition of the outstanding student in the introductory preaching classes.
The Roger Deschner Prize in Sacred Music
The Roger Deschner Prize in Sacred Music was established by friends and family in memory of Roger Deschner, longtime professor of sacred music at Perkins. The prize is to be awarded to an M.S.M. student who has excelled in academic work, musical ability and overall achievement in the Sacred Music program.
The Robert Weatherford Prize for Internship Preaching
The Robert Weatherford Prize for Internship Preaching has been established to provide an award to a theology student for excellence in preaching during internship. The recipient shall be chosen by the intern faculty of the Perkins School of Theology and a representative from the preaching faculty.
The Bert Affleck Award
The Bert Affleck Award is given to a student for creativity in ministry during internship.
The Philip Schaff Prize in Church History
Endowed by a gift from Professor Emeritus of Church History Klaus Penzel, this annual award is given to benefit a student who has demonstrated excellence in the historical study of Christianity, while participating in courses in church history. It is named for the founder of the American Society of Church History.
The Jane Marshall Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership in Christian Worship
Funded by a gift from Jane and Elbert Marshall, this award is given to a M.Div. or M.T.S. student who has demonstrated excellence in the study and practice of Christian liturgy and worship. The recipient will have participated in courses in liturgy and music and shown exceptional leadership in worship during regular chapel services, thus demonstrating scholarly achievement in the study of worship and leadership in its discipline.