Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2001

Whitworth Student Awarded Undergraduate Fellowship

Troy Schneringer, a sophomore at Whitworth College, was recently named an Undergraduate Fellow by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as part of its Partnership for Excellence Program. Schneringer will receive a $1,500 stipend to be used for educational expenses or for a special project to explore ministry.

Along with receipt of the stipend, Schneringer will attend the Partnership for Excellence 2001 Summer Conference at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn. During the conference keynote speakers will aid students in exploring issues of vocation, theology, and ministry. Schneringer will also participate with other fellows in a variety of worship experiences, roundtable discussions with practicing clergy, workshops with theological educators, and excursions into the city coupled with theological reflection.

Schneringer, a computer science major from Murrieta, Calif., was one of 70 students nationwide who were awarded fellowships by the FTE. The FTE awards fellowships to college students who demonstrate superior academic achievement and exceptional promise for ministry, with the goals of introducing them to theological education and encouraging their vocational discernment.

According to Partnership for Excellence Director Melissa Winginton, the conference and stipend provide opportunities for engagement with theology and ministry that are essential for young persons who exhibit the character traits and intellectual abilities necessary for excellent ministry, but who are yet undecided about their call.

"This fellowship offers a gift of relationships, time and money with which a young person might discover whether the longings of the heart and mind might be met in church ministry," Winginton says.

Established in 1954, the Fund for Theological Education has awarded approximately 5,000 fellowships and counts among its alumni many prominent theological educators and church leaders in North America.

Whitworth College, located in Spokane, Wash., is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Contacts:

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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