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Columbia Students Receive Samuel Robinson Award


Decatur, GA—Three entering Master of Divinity students from Columbia Theological Seminary, have received the 2008 Samuel Robinson Award from the Presbyterian Church (USA). They are, Laura Neely, Emma Ouellette, and Andrew Whaley. The Samuel Robinson Award is given to students who are active members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and who are enrolled in a Presbyterian-related college and university in the spring of their junior or senior year. Students who apply for the award must recite answers to the questions of the “Westminster Shorter Catechism” and write a 2,000-word essay. The 2008 essay topic was “If you were responsible for providing opportunities on your campus to reach out to students struggling with their faith, what would you do?” Laura Neely is from Winston-Salem, NC, and has a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Queens University, Charlotte, NC. Her home church is Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. Emma Ouellette is from Allen Park, MI. She earned a B.A. in communications from Alma College, Alma, MI. She is a member of Allen Park Presbyterian Church and an inquirer under the care of Detroit Presbytery. Andrew Whaley is from Knoxville, TN, and earned a B.A. in theatre and religious studies from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and an inquirer under the care of the Presbytery of East Tennessee. The students’ essays are available online. Go to aid and scroll to “Samuel Robinson Award Winners.” The award, which is made through the Office of Financial Aid for Studies of the Presbyterian Church (USA), is funded by an endowment from Samuel Robinson, an active lay person in the church. He wanted to encourage college students to study and recite the historic “Westminster Shorter Catechism.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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