Theological School Awards


Theological School Awards

Honoring and celebrating the achievements of the Drew Theological School Class of 2021.

Graduate Highlight: Terry J. Washington T'21

Terry served as a facilitator for Judson Memorial Church’s meditation and prayer circle and worship planning committee, delivering a prayer during a vigil for families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 on the steps of the Cathedral of Saint Divine in New York, NY.

Annual Awards


Helen LePage and William Hale Chamberlain Prize. Established by Joan Chamberlain Engelsman G’77 and endowed in 2001 in memory of her husband, Ralph G. Engelsman. Awarded annually for the PhD dissertation that is singularly distinguished by creative thought and excellent prose style.
Nicole Hoskins

The Reverend Robert W. Edgar Prize for Social Justice. Established by Robert W. Edgar T’68 as an expression of his affection for Drew University and his deep concern for social justice. Awarded to students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Graduate Division of Religion whose work connects the academy with the religious, cultural and sociopolitical realities and challenges of the larger world, and whose dissertation is distinguished by outstanding transdisciplinary scholarship related to social justice issues.
Max Rose Thornton

Robert J. Duncan Jr. Prize. Endowed in 2006 by the Reverend Dr. Robert J. Duncan Sr. T’59,’71,’01 and Dorothy Duncan, to honor their son, the Reverend Dr. Robert J. Duncan Jr. T’83,’99, the first graduate of Drew Theological School’s Global/Online DMin concentration. Awarded to a student in the Global/Online concentration or its successor programs whose project thesis is singularly distinguished by creativity and innovative use of technology.
David K. Brawley

The Daniel P. Kidder Prize.Awarded for the best academic record in practical theology.
Elaine Ellis Thomas

Master Awards: Leadership

Bernhard Anderson Prize. Endowed by the Theological School Class of 1959 to honor the inspired leadership and teaching of the late professor of biblical theology Bernhard W. Anderson, dean of the Theological School from 1954 to 1963.
Alisyn Klock | George William Whitfield

Henry L. Lambdin Prize for Excellence in Pastoral Leadership. Endowed in 1989 by friends and colleagues to honor former faculty member Henry Lambdin T’14,’35. Awarded for excellence in pastoral leadership.
Esther D. Morales | Chinma Obiakonwa Uche

Alton Raynor Prize. Established in 1998. Awarded annually to a second-year student who shows great promise for success in town and rural ministry.
Olando Icheena Gayle

Jasper and Ann Steele Prize. Endowed by Jasper and Ann Steele in 1994. For a student who demonstrates potential for ministry in a multicultural community.
Peter Karanja

Dean Anne B. Yardley Prize for Hospitality through the Arts. Established by the Class of 2011 to celebrate Dr. Yardley’s leadership, her dedication to the arts and her commitment to fostering hospitality in the Drew community. Awarded to a Theological School student in any degree program who enriches and enhances the Theological School community by building hospitality through artistic expression.
Brendan Fox

Rev. Dr. Joyce Bailey Memorial Award for Academic Excellence and Community Participation. Established in honor of Rev. Dr. Joyce Bailey, the first Caribbean and Black scholar in Christian Education at the Theological School. Awarded to an international or U.S. student of color with a 3.4 GPA or higher who excels in both academics and community life, and who demonstrates commitment and growth in the social justice values of the Theological School.
Paola Marquez

Master Awards: Special Achievement

The Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing.This prize is named in honor of the writer, preacher and theologian Frederick Buechner, and recognizes excellence in writing. The Buechner Prize was established thanks to a gift to Drew from the Frederick Buechner Institute.
Erik L. Simon

The Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Preaching. This prize is named in honor of the writer, preacher and theologian Frederick Buechner, and recognizes excellence in preaching and public proclamation of the Gospel. The Buechner Prize was established thanks to a gift to Drew from the Frederick Buechner Institute.
Katherine Octavia Rollo

Mead Hall Study Circle Prize. Awarded to a woman student who has achieved an excellent record in her first year.
Prumeh Lee | Rutendo Mahachi

Maxine Clarke Beach Leadership Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Coursework. Awarded for academic excellence in coursework by a PhD student.
Joseph David Mechelke | Daniel Siedell

Maxine Clarke Beach Leadership Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Comprehensive Exams. Awarded to a PhD student who has completed the comprehensive exams with exceptional academic distinction.
Amiel Wayne

Maxine Clarke Beach Leadership Prize for the Outstanding Student-Teacher. Awarded to a PhD student who has demonstrated exceptional ability, dedication and promise as a teacher.
Michael Anderson

Franz Hildebrandt Prize. Established by the Class of 1956 for an outstanding student who has exemplified Dr. Hildebrandt’s qualities by combining deep faith and excellence in theological studies with effective ministry as an intern or pastor in a field education assignment leading to the MDiv degree.
Paola Marquez | Martha Frame

The Reverend Dr. Clayton Z. Miller T’59,’75 Prize. Endowed in 2013 by the Rev. Dr. Clayton Z. Miller T’59,’75. Awarded to a Theological School student who has excelled in supervised ministry and shows great promise for congregational clergy leadership.
Woo Lim Kwak | Terry Junnie Washington

Patricia Wickham Prize in Feminist Scholarship. Endowed in 1992 by family and friends in memory of Patricia Wickham T’89. Awarded for overall academic excellence and creativity in feminist/womanist scholarship to a woman student who has completed two-thirds of the MDiv or three-quarters of MA curriculum.
Brendalyn M. Henry | Hyunmin Lee

Master Awards: Biblical Studies

Clarence Tucker Craig Prize in Biblical Studies. Established by the Class of 1955 to honor the former dean and awarded to the graduating MDiv candidate who has excelled in this field.
Erik L. Simon

J. Newton Davies Greek New Testament Prize. Awarded to the first-year student who has excelled in New Testament studies. Established in honor of the late Professor of New Testament J. Newton Davies.
William Pitre-Cipolla

George R. Warren Memorial Prize. Endowed in 1985 by family in memory of George R. Warren T’28. Awarded for outstanding New Testament scholarship.
Brigid Dwyer

F.J. Yetter Prize. Awarded to a seminary student of the Old Testament.
Elizabeth Welch Broome

Lawrence E. Toombs Prize in Old Testament History. For a student who has excelled in this area.
Daniella Hobbs

Master Awards: Church History

Robert Jehu Bull Prize. Endowed in 1996 by Dr. Henry O. Thompson T’58, G’64, a dedicated alumni leader, and other alumni and friends of Drew, in honor of Dr. Robert J. Bull, professor of church history and archaeology emeritus, who brought church history to life for more than three decades of students by leading the excavation at Caesarea Maritima. Awarded annually to the graduating student with the best record in church history.
Minah Song

Master Awards: Theology

Annin Memorial Prize in Theology. Endowed in 2005 by Anne V. Annin T’00, in memory of William E. and David E. Annin. Awarded to graduating students in the MDiv program who have displayed both interest and excellence in theology.
Melissa Vander Plaats

Master Awards: Music, Preaching, and Worship

Lester Berenbroick Award in Church Music. Established in 2005 by Leary Anna Murphy in honor of Lester Berenbroick’s contributions, over many years, to the teaching of church music at Drew. Awarded to a student who has completed the second year of theological education.
Isaac Garrigues-Cortelyou | Hyemin Park

Dorr Diefendorf Award. Established in honor of Dorr Diefendorf, Theological School graduate and professor of practical theology and applied Christianity. Awarded for excellence in homiletics.
Katherine Octavia Rollo

The Reverend William L.D. Lyght T’33 Prize. Endowed in 2014 by Bishop Ernest S. Lyght T’68 in loving memory of his late father, The Rev. William L.D. Lyght T’33. Awarded to a Drew Theological School student for excellence in preaching who is in good academic standing, with a preference for African American students from the United Methodist tradition, and a secondary preference for students from the Pan Methodist tradition.
George Willian Whitfield

Fellowship Seminarian Award. Awarded to a graduating seminary student who displays outstanding leadership in music and/or worship arts.
Janice Lynne McCrostie

Alfred B. Haas Prize. Established in 2006 by the Theological School Class of 1957 to honor the teaching of Alfred B. Haas T’36, G’46, associate professor of practical theology from 1944 to 1968. Awarded to students in the MDiv program who have made a significant contribution to the worship life of the Theological School and pursued advanced coursework in the area of liturgics.
Gwiseok Lee

The Order of St. Luke-Hoyt Hickman Award. Awarded for excellence in liturgical studies.
Taeshin Kim

John Heston Willey Prize. Originated in 1920. Presented to the student who excels in pulpit oratory and manner.
Danielle Denise Baker