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The Fred McFeely Rogers Prize in Biblical Studies is awarded at the end of the recipient’s first year at Pittsburgh Seminary.
The Walter P. and Anna L. McConkey Prize in Homiletics is awarded to a rising senior.
Kendra Buckwalter Smith '11/'13 received the McConkey Prize in Homiletics.
As an undergraduate Kendra discovered the intricate relationship between theology and music. And as a Valentour Scholar, she visited five African countries to study how worship is affected by the development of indigenous worship music as opposed to the adoption of Western forms. In her research, she found that even the unchurched responded to music as a point of relation to the Church. Now her preaching acknowledges the importance of music as a tool for sharing the gospel.
Graduating Senior Awards
The Edwin Dwight McCune Award for an International Student is given to a student who will minister in his or her homeland.
The Middlesex UPC (USA) Memorial Prize in Biblical Studies
The J. Watson Prize in Greek is awarded for the best grammatical and exegetical treatment of a portion of the Greek New Testament.
The William B. Watson Prize in Hebrew is awarded for the best grammatical and exegetical treatment of a portion of the Hebrew Old Testament.
The Robert A. Lee Church History Prize
The Robert M. Ezzell Homiletical Prize is awarded for excellence in applying the insights of popular culture to theology.
Mouris Yousef '07 received the McCune Award for an International Student.
Mouris Yousef grew up south of Cairo. In a 10 percent religious minority, he went straight from high school to the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, and straight from ordination in the Egyptian Presbyterian Church to a pastoral call. But an underlying interest remained: Christian ethics. In the D.Min. Science & Theology track, Mouris focuses on medical ethics. As the first Egyptian Presbyterian pastor to specialize in ethics, Mouris wants to provide Cairo’s seminarians with courses in this area.
Paula Cooper '10/'13 received the Robert Ezzell Homiletical Prize.
As a native Philadelphian, Paula Cooper knows that urban community-building is an important focus of the Church. Congregations of Christians imitating Christ, who came “not to be served but to serve,” cultivate through hope-inspired service in their communities the experience of God's abundant life. “Names, ethnicities, and politics differ, but our challenges are the same, and Christian community-builders are the best hope for our urban downtrodden.”