Awards

Awards are presented annually to students selected by the faculty on the basis of outstanding achievements in the various areas of study for which awards have been established.

General Awards

The G. R. and Jessie Klempnauer Memorial Award. This honor is chosen by the Vice President for Student Services and is presented to a graduating student in any of the schools, who shows outstanding involvement in a local church while attending seminary. The student's potential for future ministry in a local Southern Baptist church is also taken into consideration.

The James R. Leitch Memorial Award. This honor is awarded to a student who has satisfactorily completed the first year of studies toward an undergraduate degree. Selection is made by the Vice President of Business Administration from diploma students who have shown an interest in bi-vocational ministry, ministry in a pioneer area, or other like areas of ministry. The student must possess leadership abilities and display a servant spirit.

School of Church Music Awards

The President's Scholar Award for the School of Church Music is in recognition of student achievement and in affirmation of Southwestern's continuing commitment to academic excellence. Annually the School of Church Music faculty chooses a student to be recommended to the president to be the President's Scholar based on Christian commitment, personal character, and scholastic achievement.

The Lester E. Harrell Memorial Award is given to an outstanding School of Church Music degree student.

The Carolyn Lott Award in Instrumental Church Music is given to an outstanding performer in the instrumental concentration or a composition student composing and/or arranging outstanding instrumental music for the church.

The James McKinney Outstanding Performer Award is awarded to a student who is judged by the applied music faculty to be the outstanding performer in the School of Church Music.

The Edwin McNeely Music Award is presented to a Southern Baptist student with degree concentration in voice, music ministry, or conducting; based on character, personality and ability shown in leadership of congregational singing and public worship.

The Wayne (Polly) McNeely Piano Award is given to a piano student for outstanding achievement.

The Evelyn Marney Phillips Music Education Award is presented as a memorial to Evelyn Marney Phillips for outstanding achievement in music education, especially with children's choirs.

The J. D. Riddle Memorial Award is presented to a qualified music student.

School of Church and Family Ministries Awards

The President's Scholar Award for the School of Church and Family Ministries is in recognition of student achievement and in affirmation of Southwestern's continuing commitment to academic excellence. Annually, the School of Church and Family Ministries faculty chooses a student to be recommended to the president to be the President's Scholar based on Christian commitment, personal character, and scholastic achievement.

The Albert G. and Ethel Marsh Memorial Award was established by Dr. Glenn Marsh, a Kentucky physician and brother of Leon Marsh, Distinguished Professor of Foundations of Education, Emeritus, in memory of their parents. This award benefits the outstanding Doctor of Philosophy student selected by the committee for advanced studies in the School of Church and Family Ministries on the basis of scholarship, experience, and potential for leadership.

The Philip H. Briggs Student Ministry Award was established by family and friends of Dr. Philip H. Briggs as an expression of their love for Christ, Christian education and those preparing for student ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The R. Othal Feather Award in Administration is presented to the outstanding student in the School of Church and Family Ministries with the highest academic rating in administration courses.

The R. Othal Feather Award in Educational Evangelism is given to a doctor of education or doctor of ministry student doing research in educational evangelism or to a master's student who has obtained excellent ratings in educational evangelism.

The Layden and Granger Award in Childhood Education was established by David and Marcia McQuitty in the honor of their mothers Lillian Layden and Juanita Granger who faithfully taught preschoolers and children in Sunday School. It is given to a student possessing an excellent academic record, commitment and potential for effectiveness in childhood ministries.

The Joe Davis Heacock Award is presented to an outstanding first year master of educational ministries student.

The Elizabeth G. Price Memorial Award is made from a fund endowed by J. M. Price in memory of his mother to the young woman in the Church and Family Ministries graduating class in May who makes the highest average grade during her seminary experience.

The J. M. Price Award is presented to the first year student in the School of Church and Family Ministries judged by the faculty to have qualities for making an outstanding contribution in his/her field.

The J. P. Price Memorial Award is given to the young man with the highest grade average in the School of Church and Family Ministries May graduating class.

The Claudia Wingate Martin Children's Ministry Award was established by Dr. Hubert R. Martin, Jr. in honor of his wife and is given to the female graduate with the highest grade point average in the School of Church and Family Ministries who is actively involved in children's ministry.

School of Theology Awards

The President's Scholar Award for the School of Theology is in recognition of student achievement and in affirmation of Southwestern's continuing commitment to academic excellence. Annually the School of Theology faculty chooses a student to be recommended to the president to be the President's Scholar based on Christian commitment, personal character, and scholastic achievement.

The Robert A. Baker Award in Church History is presented to the outstanding student in church history studies.

The C. W. Brister Pastoral Ministry Award is given to the outstanding graduate in the School of Theology in the field of pastoral ministry.

The Janet Copeland Hebrew Language Award is given to the top first year Hebrew language student.

The Walter Thomas Conner Memorial Award is presented to a member of the graduating class whose work in the department of theology is judged exceptional.

The James Leo and Myrta Ann Garrett Award in Historical Theology is presented each year to a theology student who has demonstrated the best academic performance in courses in historical theology.

The The Marian Vaughan Award, established by Curtis and Frances Vaughan, is presented to the student having the best record in New Testament Greek.

The Albert Venting Jr. Memorial Award is presented to a deserving member of the graduating class in the School of Theology.

The M. E. and Myrtle Williamson Memorial Award is made to the doctor of ministry student who submits the most outstanding project prospectus during the year preceding the award date.

The Lindsey and Lois Ellis Award was established from the estate of Dr. E. Earle Ellis in honor of his parents Lindsey Thornton and Lois Belle McBride Ellis.  Dr. Ellis was a world-renowned New Testament scholar who served at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1985 until his death in 2010.  In addition to his notable work as a classroom teacher, scholar and author, Ellis founded the Institute for Biblical Research and the International Reference Library for Biblical Research.  The award is presented to a graduating student in the School of Theology who shows, upon recommendation of the Dean of the School of Theology, the greatest promise of contributing to the understanding and proclamation of the Holy Scriptures.

The O.S. Hawkins Outstanding Pastoral Ministry Graduate Award is given to a theology student that is making normal progress toward graduation and has demonstrated a call to pastoral ministry.  The recipient is considered to be of sound moral character, possesses an exceptional commitment to the Christian ministry, and is a member of a Southern Baptist Church.

The Al and Beverly Fasol Preaching award is awarded to a student or students enrolled in the School of Theology who is of sound moral character, possesses exceptional commitment to the Christian ministry, and is a member of a Southern Baptist Church.

Fish School of Evangelism and Missions

The President's Scholar Award for the School of Evangelism and Missions is in recognition of student achievement and in affirmation of Southwestern's continuing commitment to academic excellence. Annually the School of Evangelism and Missions faculty chooses a student to be recommended to the president to be the President's Scholar based on Christian commitment, personal character, and scholastic achievement.

The Inez Gilliam Crawford Female International Student Award is presented to the graduating Southern Baptist female international evangelism and missions student with the highest grade point average during her final year.

The W. H. and Melba Justice International Student Award is presented to a graduating international student who demonstrates high academic achievement, dedication to Jesus Christ, personal character, promise in ministry and commitment in ministry to internationals in America or abroad.

The R. S. and Pearl Hopson Missions Award is presented to an outstanding graduating student at the master's level who is preparing for foreign missions service.

The Malcolm McDow Evangelism Award is given to the graduating student in the School of Evangelism and Missions with outstanding achievement in the study and the ministry of evangelism.

The Melba McDow Evangelism Award is given to the graduating student in the School of Evangelism and Missions with outstanding achievement in missions.

The W. Fred Swank Evangelism Award is presented to a graduating student who currently is a pastor of a Southern Baptist church and whose preaching exemplifies an evangelistic style message.

The W. Oscar Thompson Jr. Memorial Award in Evangelism is given to an outstanding student in the School of Theology.

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