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McAllen Scholarship Continues to Support Seminarians

October 6, 2016

A stronger church means recruiting and educating a new generation of priests as well as developing programs for laity that lead to lay leadership. The Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign is building resources for both of these efforts. Highlights are new financial aid resources, funding for new programs of the Beecken Programs Center, and an ambitious capital project, moving the seminary back to its historic home on Georgia Avenue.


The current recipient of the McAllen Scholarship, which covers the three-year residency, is Mark Ohlemeier, T'17, who hails from the Diocese of Kansas. Says Ohlemeier, “I am so very grateful for the support I receive through the McAllen Scholarship, which is allowing me to pursue my education and will lead to a life of faithful and grace-filled service to God.”

Dr. McAllen established the Robert Ashley McAllen Scholarship Fund in honor of his father, a priest of The Episcopal Church with strong family ties to the University of the South. The value of the fund prior to this most recent gift was $100,000 and generated an annual scholarship of approximately $5,000. With this additional gift, the seminary will be able to increase the award two-fold. The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, when told of Robert McAllen’s gift, said, “There is no better news than to hear of this additional gift from the McAllen family, supporting Sewanee’s mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church to educate tomorrow's church leaders.”

Dr. McAllen’s stated intent has been to grow the fund to the level at which the spendable interest will provide a full scholarship for a master of divinity student. Funds from the scholarship help the School of Theology offer a more attractive financial package to applicants that are considered by the School to possess attributes particularly needed in the Church, now and in the future.

If you are interested in a gift that goes beyond current-use dollars, named endowed internship funds begin at the $100,000 level. Named endowed scholarship funds begin at the $150,000 level for the College and $75,000 for the School of Theology.