Ircel Harrison Theological Scholarship

Ircel Harrison served as Tennessee CBF Coordinator from 1998 to 2008. After his retirement, the staff and Coordinating Council of TCBF decided to rename the TCBF Theological Scholarship in his honor. Ircel has been a strong supporter of theological education in Tennessee CBF life. He was instrumental in establishing the Murfreesboro, Tennessee teaching site of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, Ircel has supported women in ministry and encouraged opportunities for their theological education.

An endowment fund for granting theological scholarships was established with the CBF Foundation in 2000. The fund started with an initial investment of $30,000. Tennessee CBF grants at least one $1,000 theological scholarship each year from the interest earned on this fund. As additional funds continue to be placed in the endowment fund, TCBF will be able to offer additional scholarships or increase the amount of the scholarships.

Eligibility

The applicant must:

  • Have Tennessee connections through birth, residence, college education, or a desire to serve in the state
  • Be a member of a CBF affiliated congregation or demonstrate support to state and/or national CBF programs, ministries, or missions
  • Be entering or currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program
  • The scholarship will be awarded upon the applicant’s acceptance at an ATS- approved theological school where tuition is not supplemented by the Cooperative Program.

How to Apply:

Please enclose a resume and cover letter sharing:

  • Biographical information
  • Your call to faith in Christ
  • Your sense of vocational calling
  • Your core Baptist beliefs
  • Your relationship to CBF
  • Your desire for this scholarship
  • References:

Please provide a reference from your minister and 2 additional references selected from the following:

  • Professor
  • Religious leader
  • Former employer
  • Supervisor of your volunteer work

Letters of reference should address the following aspects of the applicant:

  • Christian commitment
  • Potential for church ministry leadership
  • Emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Interpersonal relationship skills.

Deadline:

The above information must be postmarked no later than MARCH 15.

Send materials to:                       
Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
6300 Deane Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919                  

Other Details:

The scholarship is awarded annually. Applicants may apply each academic year. Upon approval by the Coordinating Council, the scholarship will be awarded to an individual pending confirmation of the student’s enrollment. The scholarship recipient will be notified prior to the TCBF General Assembly where the scholarship is presented.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

Chandler Vinson, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, IL
2016 Scholarship Recipient

Luke Moody, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Chandler Vinson, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, IL
2015 Scholarship Recipient

Luke Moody, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Megan Hurst-Carter, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA                                                   Ryan Hurst-Carter, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
2014 Scholarship Recipient

Brack Ballard, Divinity School at Gardner-Webb University
Megan Hurst, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
2013 Scholarship Recipient

Jacob Drake, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
Megan Turner, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
2012 Scholarship Recipient

Jacob Drake, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
Megan Turner, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
2011 Scholarship Recipient

Elizabeth Noelle Spears Owen, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
2010 Scholarship Recipient

Rebecca Mathis, The University of the South Divinity School, Sewanee, TN
2009 Scholarship Recipients

Leah Knox, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN
Rebecca Mathis, The University of the South Divinity School, Sewanee, TN
2008 Scholarship Recipients

Kara Blankenship, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
LuAnne Prevost, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Murfreesboro, TN
2007 Scholarship Recipients

Kara Blankenship, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
LuAnne Prevost, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Murfreesboro, TN
2006 Scholarship Recipients

Adam Garner, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Julie Keys, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Danielle Smith, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA
2005 Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Carver, Wake Forest University Divinity School, Winston-Salem, NC
Rusty Edwards, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
Danielle Smith, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA
2004 Scholarship Recipients

John Ryan Dix, Wake Forest University Divinity School, Winston-Salem, NC
Elizabeth E. Evans, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
2003 Scholarship Recipients

Drew Prince, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Rodney S. Walls, Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC
2002 Scholarship Recipient

Melody Maxwell, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL