NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College student Jason R. Schmidt, Whitewater, has been selected as a 2003 Fund for Theological (FTE) Education Undergraduate Fellow. Selected by the Atlanta-based FTE organization, Schmidt will attend the FTE Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry June 19-22 at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. He will also receive a $1,500 educational stipend and additional moneys to develop a mentoring relationship to help him in discerning his vocational call. Duane Friesen, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, recommended Schmidt for the fellowship. He noted Schmidt's academic excellence and leadership gifts as well as an interest in exploring ministry.
"Jason has the gifts needed for ministry and now has this wonderful opportunity to explore those gifts as an undergraduate fellow," Friesen says. "This past year he especially demonstrated his excellent leadership skills in the campus organization Students for Social Change."
Begun in 1954 with the goal of supporting excellence in the profession of ministry, the Fund for Theological Education has provided gifted women and men with nearly 5,000 fellowships. It has also generated innovative new programs for theological and ministerial support.