Scholarship Recipients

For over 80 years Women’s Council has dedicated itself to addressing the needs of seminary students. In the early years this included such practical projects as making drapes and pillow cases for the dorm rooms, and setting up a small kitchenette in the residence quarters. In 1964 the Council purchased and donated a Chickering piano in ebony finish delivered from the Steinway Company. 

In later decades attention focused more exclusively on the raising of scholarship funds. Between 1988-2010, exactly 3,000 individual gifts were received from Women’s Council members toward student scholarships in the amount of $194,598.
 

Rose Hausman, Scholarship Chairperson, “It has been my privilege to work with the scholarship recipients for the past two years and to encourage ways in which we, as members of the Women’s Council, and the students can get to know one another better.  As we learn about their “story” of God’s call to ministry, we can better fulfill our call to pray for them strategically and contribute to their education joyfully." 
 

 

 

2017 - 2018 Recipients
 

Emmanuel Cumplido, Master of Divinity, 2018
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Undergrad: B.A in philosophy, University of Rhode Island

Update: The Spring semester has been a long haul. On the upside, over 75 seminarians and faculty were present for the forum on “pornography and rape culture.” I was grateful for the chance to share both my story and the few things I’ve learned for how the church can respond to the severity of these issues. A very positive outcome is that we’ve started another recovery group for anyone who is struggling with sexual addiction, and that alone was worth the effort. I also shared my story with the women at the Women’s Council spring meeting. After Easter I continued my teaching at Grace Chapel with a course on the seven churches of Revelation. And I wrote two long essays, one for my reading/research course and another for my presentation at the Northeast America Academy of Religion. I loved the things I’ve learned in the research and process of writing! Please pray for continued discernment as I sort through potential programs for Ph.D. applications, whether immediately following graduation or after some years of ministry in the church. The reality of how fast the M.Div. flies has impressed me with a desire to “go deeper.” On the other side, a bad stomach illness took both Bryna and me out for two days, and with such little “margin” in my life, it was hard to catch up with all the obligations and I lost two nights of sleep during the final week of the semester.  

 

We began this summer by taking a week-long trip to Acadia National Park in Maine, and that was excellent! I am continuing to work at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and taking a course on World Missions. Please pray that I will continue to love my family (my wife Bryna and my son Conrad) well in the midst of my busy schedule and will finish this degree strong. Also I would ask that you pray for Bryna as she will be presenting her art prints in two craft fairs this summer. Without her hard work, we would be struggling to make ends meet, and I’m proud of how she has taught herself a skill and is building a small business from scratch! Thank you for all your support in words, deeds and prayers. I pray that God fills you with the joy, love, peace, patience and kindness of the Holy Spirit.
 

Bio: While pursuing full-time studies at GCTS, I have been teaching discipleship courses at Grace Chapel, including “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” and a course on Martin Luther King Jr. during the month of January. Bryna and I have also been blessed with employment! Bryna has launched a small graphic design business, and I am now conducting research for the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. I am open to whatever God may lead me to after graduation, whether it is to enter the pastorate, work the farm, or move towards doctoral work, and ask for prayers that I would have discernment and an obedient response to God’s call!

Charles Fick, Master of Divinity, 2020
Hometown: Ithaca NY
Undergrad: B.A. in Urban Education and Development, Cornell University

Bio: I married Kimberly in 2010 and we have two sons, Walter, born in December 2013 and Leonard, born in July 2016. I felt God’s call to ministry at a very early age. Severe allergies threatened my life multiple times as a child so that once I was healed and grew out of them I knew that God had a reason for keeping me alive. I’ve served in a variety of ministry roles in the local church, as an urban missionary, and as a campus staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). As an IVCF staff member I discovered my twin passions of Biblical teaching and evangelism. In the summer of 2015, God began to call us to Gordon-Conwell speaking to us in a silent retreat where Kimberly and I heard we were “better together.” In response to God’s call we are both pursuing M.Div. degrees and hope to get Ph.D's after that, seeking to teach, train and equip the church to know, obey and share God’s word leading to deeper worship and more effective evangelism.

Kimberly Fick, Master of Divinity, 2020
Hometown:
Ithaca NY
Undergrad: B.A. in Contemporary Ministry, Roberts Wesleyan College

Bio: My name is Kimberly Fick and I am currently in the M.Div. program, expecting to graduate in May 2020. My husband, who is also in the M.Div. program, and I have two energetic boys, Wally (3.5 years) and Leo (1 year). I felt a clear call to full-time ministry as a young teen, but missions work was the only context where I knew women could fully participate so that is what I pursued. I graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Ministries from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. After college, I served for several month-long missions trips in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Jerusalem. Then I returned to my hometown of Ithaca, NY, and worked as a nanny for a few years while I waited on God for the next set of instructions. It was after meeting and marrying Charles that I became a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Cornell University, working specifically with Asian and Asian-American students. In the fall of 2015 we both heard a clear call from God to pursue M.Div. degrees at Gordon-Conwell and eventually Ph.D's with the goal of teaching and equipping the body of Christ to study scripture and share the Gospel.

Esther Kim, Master of Divinity & Master of Arts (Counseling), 2018
Hometown: Staten Island, NY 
Undergrad: B.A. degrees in Anthropology & Speech Communication, State University of NY in Potsdam


Update: As I began the Spring semester, the weeks were hectic as I was trying to organize my schedule, apply for counseling internships, balance my job at the community mental health agency, get settled back into ministry at my local church and participate in research endeavors. And I was confronted by my anxiety over finishing up the final components of my counseling degree. It’s interesting how one is quick to forget the ways God is faithful, but once again God proved to be faithful and he has provided an internship site for me. I am starting the internship this summer while also taking courses. Please pray for strength and perseverance. I am praying that in the coming academic year I will be able to complete my work and graduate in May 2018 with both an M.Div. and MACO (counseling) so that I can serve the church by both teaching God’s word and also through counseling people through their suffering. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Bio: In addition to my coursework, I’m also continuing my employment as a mentor at a community mental health agency center and as part-time staff at my local church, as well as doing research work with Dr. Karen Mason and at a university laboratory in Cambridge in the area of suicide. Although it’s quite hectic to balance a school and work schedule, I’m glad to be doing both for my work is such a poignant reminder of life away from the holy hill of GCTS. Daily I’m reminded that my education and the relationships that I build at seminary are shaping me to better understand and better love the communities God has set before me. During the fall semester I became very weary, but after time away visiting my family and spending the month of January being mentored by the senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in Florida, this mini-sabbatical has been so restorative to my soul! I now feel ready to begin the Spring semester and I would ask for your prayers for an open spirit in welcoming new activities, people, things and lessons of this year and semester.

Kelly Mikkelson, Master of Arts in the Old Testament, 2018
Hometown:
Ithaca, NY
Undergrad: BA in Contemporary Ministry, Roberts Wesleyan College

Bio: I am originally from Minnesota, but in 2008 I moved to Lakeside, Montana to be on staff with YWAM, which is what I was doing up until I came to Gordon-Conwell. (My Minnesotan accent used to be much stronger, but it has definitely mellowed out over the years!) Since being with YWAM, I have had the privilege of traveling to about 15 different countries on various outreaches and teaching trips; I have so many incredible stories of God's faithfulness! I love God's Word and I love seeing how His Word transforms people's hearts! I am passionate about teaching the Bible and discipleship, both here in the States and overseas; my heart is to be a resource for those who want solid Bible teaching but may not have access to it. I desire to see other believers equipped and trained not only for their own personal growth in their relationship with God but also for them to take what they've learned and teach it to others. And...I'm also very passionate about coffee.

Corri Ogburn, Master of Arts (Religion), 2018
Hometown:
 Boulder, CO 
Undergrad: B.A. in English Literature, University of Colorado 

Update: I am finding more and more the joy of really learning the material I am studying and not just “cramming” for tests – which I imagine is good and necessary if I actually want to help others with this important information! I am so grateful for my professors, Dr. Polischuk and Dr. Pendleton, who started the counseling program together in the 1980's. Dr. Pendleton will be retiring this year; although at 84 he’s still going strong. Everyone is pretty heartbroken to see him go; his lifelong influence and impact on so many people is evident – he’s like a mentor, dad, grandfather, pastor, friend. 

 

It was a great semester full of learning and some of my favorite subjects and ended well, and I’m happy to report straight A's. I’m especially proud of the grade for Psychopathology, which was really challenging as well as very important to grasp. One of the reasons I wanted to study counseling is that in working with students, I came upon issues I was not equipped to confront. In reconnecting with students over the summer, I see the types of trauma so many students endured at younger ages, or encounter as they move into adulthood, and I feel confirmed and even grateful for what I am doing today. I can say I would not change a thing. Thank you so much for standing by me in so many ways and for making this education possible.

Bio :  I am so grateful for you, standing by me and enabling me to study. What a gift. I got so much out of my courses during the fall semester (Counseling the Adolescent, Women in Pain, and Intro to Counseling), as well as an intensive course in Gerontology in January. The material helps me process 20 years of ministry with teens and women, as well as the stage of life my parents are entering now. I appreciate how my classes apply to my personal life and equip me for the future of helping others. I’m in such a better place to learn now than when I was in my twenties!  I’m presently in Theories of Personality, Psychopathology and Family Systems. Thank you for generously helping to equip me and care for me.

2016-2017 Recipients

  • Emmanuel Cumplido
  • Monica Kang
  • Esther Kim
  • Tiffany Lim
  • Corri Ogburn
  • Hanyu (Esther) Shi

2015-2016 Recipients

  • Anne Harrington
  • Jean Jim
  • Sarah Leong
  • Dawn Mackey
  • Abigail Miller
  • Rebekah Mongeau

2014-2015 Recipients

  • Justin Allison
  • Mollie Clark
  • Marshall Gallagher
  • Denicia Ratley
  • Laurine Voltaire
  • Peter Bridgwood