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.

2013-2014 Recipients

Bobby Ross, Master of Divinity, 2015
Hometown: Washington, DC Metro area
Education: James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
                  Bachelors of Science in Psychology

"Our goal is to end up in some sort of pastoral ministry ideally within the church. We don’t know where but we’re praying God guides us in the coming years."


Ivette Garcia, Master of Divinity, 2015
Hometown: Orange, CA
Education: Vanguard University of Southern California
                  Religion: Leadership & Ministry

“Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell I worked on staff at Templo Calvario, a primarily Hispanic bilingual and bicultural church in Santa Ana, CA under the leadership of Pastor Daniel de León. For eight years, I had the opportunity to be directly involved in the development of the main discipleship and leadership training ministry of my church in the office of Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development. My passion is to see individuals come to Christ, be successfully discipled, trained and commissioned for service in the Body of Christ.”

Joelinda Coichy, Master of Divinity, 2016
Hometown: Savannah, GA and Medford, MA
Education: Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Bowdoin College

"Joelinda moved back to Massachusetts in the fall of 2012 after working in social media marketing. Her decision to attend seminary was shaped by her involvement with InterVarsity as well as her service as a youth leader in Maine and Atlanta. She currently serves as the Youth Ministries Director at Grace Chapel’s Watertown campus. She is a lover of all things beautiful including theater, fall days in New England and the mountains. She counts bargain hunting as her "sport" and she enjoys singing loudly while driving. Above all, Joelinda’s passion is to build relationships that help others understand the transformative power of the Gospel."

McCall Dubbelman, Master of Arts in Church History & Spiritual Formation, 2014
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Education: YWAM School of Biblical Studies

"I am currently in the midst of my second semester at Gordon-Conwell. I am originally from California, the youngest of five siblings and the child of amazing, godly parents. During my second year of college, I felt called into missions and joined Youth With A Mission in Kona, Hawaii. YWAM provided me the opportunity to grow in my relationship with the Lord, to travel and do ministry all around the South Pacific including Fiji, New Zealand and Tonga. My husband and I are now both MA students pursuing dual degrees in Church History and Spiritual Formation. We feel called to do ministry together in teaching and training ministers/ missionaries in the faith and have already experienced how our time here at Gordon-Conwell is preparing us for teaching in the future."

Pollyanna Soares, Master of Divinity, 2015
Hometown: Boston, MA
Education: Gordon College, Bachelor’s Degree, Youth Ministries and Biblical and Theological Studies

"I wear a lot of hats, and I consider myself blessed to work hard for the Kingdom. This year, I am a full-time student at Gordon Conwell, working hard on my first Greek exegesis class and learning Hebrew. At the same time, I’m the Student Ministries Assistant at Trinitarian Congregational Church, and a Resident Director at Gordon College. With all that on my plate, I also have a fourth big project this year – I have a wedding to plan! It’s a year of big transitions, and I couldn’t be happier to be involved in all of them. I’m learning about the Scriptures and then putting it into practice at work. God is working and equipping me every day!"

Dongsup Samuel Kim, Master of Divinity, 2015
Hometown: Topsfield, MA
Education: B.A. – University of Kansas, J.D. – Cornell Law School

"Sam is currently a board member of the Emmanuel Gospel Center and until recently served as its Director of Consulting and Youth Violence Systems Project. After serving as an officer in the Navy during the first Persian Gulf conflict, Sam attended Cornell Law School and earned a J.D. in 1996. He practiced corporate law for 13 years and was a partner with the law firm of Gesmer Updegrove LLP. Sam was the past president and chairman of the board of the National Association of Asian American Professionals—Boston; and the executive vice president and board member of Boston’s Asian Community Development Corporation. He and his wife, Sejung, live with their children Song and Caleb in Topsfield, MA and worship and serve at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield."

2012-2013 Recipients

  • Manuel Anchondo II
  • Michael P. Elmer Jr.
  • Ricky Graf
  • Eric Yoo
  • Kenneth Michael Young