Melanie Howard, a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament, has received the Mary Jo Small Fellowship from The Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE). The fellowship includes a one-year membership in SVHE, and covers expenses to SVHE’s annual meeting.

SVHE is a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice, and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society.

The Louisville Institute has awarded fellowships to two Ph.D. candidates.

Alyssa Evans
, a Ph.D. candidate in history and ecumenics, has received a 2013 Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship supports a two-year, nonresidential cohort of Ph.D./Th.D. students who are considering theological education as their vocation.

Jared Alcántara,
a Ph.D. candidate in practical theology and Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) scholar, is the recipient of a 2013 Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship supports the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity. Alcántara is thankful for the support and encouragement he received from the HTI program. He plans to study the preaching of Gardner C. Taylor, pastor emeritus of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, in order to discern the ways that improvisation functions in his sermons.

The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The institute’s mission is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.   

Congratulations Melanie, Alyssa, and Jared!