Graduate Student Receives Scholarship to Summer Institute

BETHANY, Okla. (April 10, 2012) – SNU Master of Arts in Theology student Jonathan Bland has been selected to receive scholarship and stipend exceeding $10,000 to LOGOS at Baylor University, a Summer Institute for students interested in Biblical textual scholarship and Christian apologetics.  

Participation for this event grew out of selective engagement connected through SNU’s established connection with the Green Scholars Initiative.  Only twenty internationally selected graduate students are given hands-on access to early Christian texts in the context of mentored relationships with professors that help emerging scholars train for issues unique to Christian vocation in academic life.  Bland’s letter of acceptance states, “The standard of applications for this program was very high and we had many more applications than we were able to accept, congratulations on your success!”

Dr. Hal Cauthron, Chair of the School of Theology and Ministry notes, “This is an example of the scholarly research we hope develops for all interested students. We are very pleased to be a participating institution in the Green Scholars Initiative, and we appreciate the generosity the Green Family has shown toward Christian higher education and scholarship.”

This opportunity emerges uniquely for Jonathan as part of his mentored relationship with SNU Professor Marty Alan Michelson, Ph.D. who is SNU’s contact to the Green Scholars Initiative.  Bland & Michelson will be on the campus of Baylor University in June of 2012 working alongside world renowned scholars in Textual Studies, Biblical Studies, Classics, Christian Philosophy and Apologetics.  Engagement, collaboration and instruction will include professors from Gordon Conwell Seminary, Trinity Western University, Notre Dame University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and the University of London in addition to hosting faculty at Baylor University.

“I am thrilled about this scholarship and generous stipend!” said Dr. Michelson.  “Jonathan makes us proud at SNU and extends the work of his undergraduate alma-mater, Southwestern Christian University (SWCU).  Jonathan is a great example of the kind of ecumenical and spirited students that populate our School of Theology and Ministry at Southern Nazarene University.”

Dr. Reggies Wenyika, Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs at SWCU has described Jonathan as “one of the best young scholars emerging from our heritage.”

“The Green Family are sharing and stewarding resources both with the valued texts in the Green Collection and as they graciously underwrite the expenses and stipends associated with this program of engagement for Jonathan & me this summer” said Michelson.  “We are thankful for their commitment and their generosity.”

To read more about the program, follow this link to Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion Website:

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