Women of Color Scholars Program celebrates its 40th graduate

Nicole Burdakin
July 24, 2015

Shortly after receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. AHyun Lee’s excitement extended far beyond her personal accomplishment. Lee, the most recent graduate of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Women of Color Scholars Program, had high praise for the program.

“As I look back over the journey of my PhD program, I cannot imagine how I would have managed without the deep care, immeasurable love, faithful encouragement and confidence I found in the Women of Color mentoring program. The program has challenged me to break my past ideas of who I was, embrace who I am and become empowered. Without them, I would not have been able to succeed in my program,” said Lee.

For more than 25 years, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has provided mentors and advisors to students like Lee. More often than not, scholars themselves become advisors. Dr. Anne Joh, a 2003 graduate, served as Lee’s mentor and advisor.

“The guidance provided by our program mentors is priceless. I applaud mentors like Dr. Joh for walking alongside our scholars and making their path a bit easier,” said Allyson Collinsworth, executive director of GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships.

2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the Women of Color Scholars program, a scholarship and mentoring program administered by GBHEM, for United Methodist women of color pursuing doctoral degrees in theological and religious education. For the scholars, the mentoring sessions are the lifeblood of the project.

The Women of Color Scholars Program was established to remedy the lack of women of color on facilities at United Methodist seminaries, to increase the number of women of color who teach, lecture, write and research at the PhD level in seminaries and to heighten church-wide awareness of the need for women of color in theological education.

To support the Women of Color Scholarship endowment, please send your check to GBHEM, Scholarship Office, PO Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203, or visit our online donation site at www.gbhem.org/wocdonate.

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