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.

2014-2015 Recipients

Justin Allison, Master of Divinity, 2014, Th.M, 2015
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
Education: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
                  Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Philosophy

"I am passionate for leading the church to think theologically from a pastoral role, relating the truths of God's word to the world in which we live. When I am not studying, landscaping, or spending time with my wife, Andrea, I like to read and roast my own coffee!"

Mollie Clark, Master of Arts in Counseling and Religion, 2015
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Education: BA in Bible and Theology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL

"I am passionate about integrating mental health awareness into the church and have been privileged of doing research with Dr. Karen Mason, on how clergy can better engage issues of suicide in their church congregations. I have been blessed by my experience at Gordon-Conwell and love building relationships with incredible students, faculty and staff."

Marshall Gallagher, Master of Divinity, 2015
Hometown: Nashville, TN 
Education: Auburn University

"I am passionate about discipleship, para-church and local church ministry. My central focus is to improve my preaching skills and develop a personal template for building a discipleship ministry in a local church context."


Denicia Ratley, Master of Arts in World Missions and Evangelism, 2015
Hometown: North Carolina
Education: Gordon College, Bachelor’s Degree, Youth Ministries and Biblical and Theological Studies

"My interest and passion in cultures has led me to pursue a degree in World Missions and Evangelism. While working with refugees in Tucson and Phoenix A.Z., my heart was moved with compassion and now see the great need in this area. My training at Gordon-Conwell continues to equip me for a lifetime of fruitful ministry.

Laurine Voltaire, Master of Divinity, 2016
Hometown: Malden, MA
Education: B.A. – Suffolk University, Psychology

"My experience in ministry drew me to seek a deeper understanding of God, the church and my role in advancing His kingdom here on earth. My focus at Gordon-Conwell is to further develop my understanding and strengthen my capacity to be effective in several aspects of ministry."

Peter Bridgwood, Master of Divinity, 2015

Peter Bridgwood is a 3rd year Master of Divinity Student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is presently serving as a Youth Director at South Congregational Church in Peabody, MA. Peter has been called since a fairly young age towards Pastoral Ministry, which first led him to the Moody Bible Institute where he met his wife of two years, April Bridgwood. Peter has been a type 1 diabetic since he was three years old, and is a level 2 black belt in Taekwondo. He enjoys skiing, football, and going on nature walks with his wife, and sees himself staying in New England upon graduation. A favorite verse is Ecclesiastes 3:11.

2013-2014 Recipients

  • Bobby Ross
  • Ivette Garcia
  • Joelinda Coichy
  • McCall Dubbelman
  • Pollyanna Soares
  • Dongsup Samuel Kim