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: Over the past three months, a significant group of events has been receiving the affirmation of people participating in the adult Sunday school courses I’ve taught at Grace Chapel. Some have expressed encouraging testimonies about the impact of the classes on their discipleship, as well as encouragement to me personally. Another significant theme, not so much an event, has been God’s continual reminders to me to seek God above all things, especially as I finish up Ph.D. applications through January. It’s easy to pay lip service to that commitment, while ignoring that my schedule denies it! Nonetheless God’s been gracious and allowed me to make strides in that direction through formative times of prayer and study that I pray will stay with me long after I graduate in May. 


Bio: "My name is Emmanuel Cumplido and I am a Master of Divinity candidate here at Gordon-Conwell, slated to graduate in the Spring of  2018! I’m from the small-yet-mighty neighboring state of Rhode Island, where I attended the University of Rhode Island and earned my B.A. in philosophy. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing wife, and blessed both of us with a baby boy Conrad Jax, who was born during my very first semester here! Through stewarding the gifts of teaching, knowledge, and faith, I pray that the training I receive at Gordon-Conwell will better equip me to partner with God’s people in redeeming the academy and equipping laity for the work of the kingdom!"

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

Update: Fall Complete! On to 2018.

We made it to Christmas Break. My classes this past semester were challenging and delightful. Seminary is a lot of reading (6,981 pages so far) but the books I had to read this semester were wonderful. I love what I'm learning and it keeps getting better. I feel like the big accomplishment this semester was learning exegesis in my OT 511 Interpreting the Old Testament class. This key combination of knowledge, skills and tools will help me every time I study scripture the rest of my life, so I'm thankful to have them. I am now enrolled for the January term in Christ in the Old Testament with Prof. Gordon Hugenberger,

In the fall I had the amazing privilege of attending three days of meetings of the Society for Biblical Literature annual meeting in Boston, getting to interact with lectures and papers from the top Biblical scholars in the world. I feel so encouraged and grateful to God for giving me the opportunity to widen my perspective on the world of Biblical scholarship. Personally, we’ve fought illness in the family both in the fall and now into the winter months. Please pray for health (Wally and Kimberly), sleep (Leo),and rest for all of us as we move into the spring semester.

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
Ithaca NY
Undergrad: B.A. in Contemporary Ministry, Roberts Wesleyan College

Update: The fall semester was difficult, but I am proud of the work I was able to accomplish in my classes. I realized early in the fall that it was beyond my capacity to take three classes so I dropped Church History and chose to stick with Old Testament Interpretation and Systematic Theology 1. As a family, we experienced some difficult times in October as both Wally (age 4) and I spent some time in the ER and I missed a week of classes, which resulted in both Charles and I falling behind in our studies. We were able to finish our work on time, though, with the help of many friends and lots of childcare! After a wonderful Christmas spent here with Charles’ parents, I am taking a January class with Prof. Gwenfair Adams on The Dynamics of Spiritual Life. As I continue to discern God’s call on my life through this amazing class, the enemy is throwing everything possible at our little family to distract and discourage me. Pray for health for our family and all our babysitters as we absolutely rely on the help of our "village" so that I can accomplish the work before me. May God be glorified through it!

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

Bio: "My name is Esther Kim and I’m a third-year M.Div & MACO student at Gordon-Conwell. I’m a native New Yorker so I love everything about New York. I love thoughtful conversations, meaningful friendships, and storytelling. I hope to become a clinical trauma counselor in the future and desire to assist the church in any way I can."

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

Update: The end of the semester has arrived!!! We made it! And what a semester...I've learned so much and God has done so much in my heart, but I have never been more ready for a break in my life. :) I have been so stretched and challenged and just when I think I couldn't do anymore, God provided what I needed. As I look back on this semester, one of my favorite moments was when I was studying for my Genesis exegesis class; it hit me just how much grace and mercy there has been right from the beginning. And I also realized how much grace God has for me. I've always struggled with having grace for myself, but God has spoken in such a profound way. There were many tears, but good tears. Who knew that could happen from studying Genesis! :) I absolutely love it. I needed to be reminded that it's not about works or performance or just about getting good grades. Just as God declared Abraham righteous for his faith and showed mercy to His people; He does the same for us. He has been so faithful! And I have been so encouraged by those of you who were praying for me…thank you!

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
 Boulder, CO 
Undergrad: B.A. in English Literature, University of Colorado 

Update: 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.


Bio: "My name is Corri Charlton Ogburn and I am pursuing a degree in counseling as well as an MAR with a focus in anthropology/culture.  I expect to graduate in 2 to 3 years, depending on how many of the classes overlap, and on what life brings my way!  I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and grew up in Boulder, Colorado where I also attended the University of Colorado from 1987-1991.  I have a B.A. in English Literature and also focused on Spanish.  I further studied Spanish at language school in Costa Rica in 1992 and then lived a  year in Argentina."

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