Wake Forest Divinity School awards Wait Fellowships

By Jacob McConnico
Sept. 15, 2005

Two students have been awarded Samuel and Sarah Wait Graduate Fellowships in Theology and Ministry, the most prestigious merit-based scholarships offered by Wake Forest University Divinity School.

The 2005-2006 recipients of the Wait Fellowships include Laura Barclay of Richmond, Ky., and Vince Webb of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Barclay graduated with honors from the University of Louisville in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Her studies have taken her to Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Hong Kong and China. She is interested in the political, religious and historical influences of Islam as well as the results of American foreign policy in China. Barclay is a member of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.

Webb graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration and a master's in banking and finance. He has served as a volunteer missionary to Indonesia, Mexico and Peru. He is a member of Grace Baptist Church in Oxford, Ala.

Established in 1999, the Divinity School's inaugural year, the Samuel and Sarah Wait Graduate Fellowships in Theology and Ministry are named in honor of the first president of Wake Forest and his wife.

The fellowships cover the entire cost of tuition and fees for study at the Divinity School and include a living stipend. They are renewable for up to three years, which is the length of the full-time master of divinity program. The school's faculty selects recipients from a field of students nominated for their academic excellence and exceptional promise for Christian ministry.

The two fellowship recipients are members of this year's entering Divinity School class, a group comprised of 41 students from a variety of denominational backgrounds.

The school's mission is to educate students for Christian ministry by preparing them for parish ministry and vocations in related fields. The school is Christian by tradition, ecumenical in outlook and Baptist in heritage.

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