Brite Divinity School Announces Top-Tier Award Recipients

September 1, 2015

Brite Divinity School announces three Haggard Legacy Fellowship awards and one Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Fellowship award for four students matriculating into the Master of Divinity program.

Since Fall 2012, Brite has awarded eight of these top tier awards, which include full tuition and a $10,000 annual stipend for three years of study. Due to the generosity of donors, Brite’s historic commitment to support students with generous need and merit-based financial aid results in most students receiving grants ranging from 70-100 percent of tuition.

Ben Adams, White Oak, TX. A religion major (3.9 GPA) and May 2015 graduate from Texas Christian University, Adams served as an officer of Chi Delta Mu, TCU’s professional service organization affiliated with the Department of Religion, during his senior year. Active at McKinney Bible Church and affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Adams also applied and was accepted to Harvard, University of Chicago, and Duke divinity schools.

Nathan Belyeu, Boston, MA. A communications major (3.9 GPA) and 2008 graduate from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Belyeu comes to Brite with extensive experience with The Trevor Project (New York) and The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (Boston) providing suicide prevention education and training with a special emphasis on LGBTQ youth. A member of the Episcopal Church, Belyeu will also earn his MSW through Brite and TCU’s collaborative degree program.

Tyler Heston, Memphis, TN. A religion and society major (3.9 GPA) and May 2015 graduate from University of Memphis, Heston has an ecumenical background, having spent time with the Quakers (or Religious Society of Friends) and now identifies with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). An Assistant Minister for Middle School Youth at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Worth, Heston brings a passion for social justice and inclusion to his studies at Brite.

Kevin Toth, Wake Forest, NC. A religion and history major (3.8 GPA) and May 2015 graduate of Barton College in Wilson, NC, Toth brings extensive experience in youth, campus, and summer camp ministry to Brite. Toth had long heard about Brite through his affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Dr. Jane S. Webster, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Barton. Toth also applied and was accepted to Vanderbilt Divinity School and Christian Theological Seminary.

Affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Brite Divinity School is a premier progressive graduate theological institution offering masters and doctoral degrees in an ecumenical environment. A residential faculty of internationally known scholar-teachers provides a formational experience across the myriad disciplines of faith and practice. The Divinity School community celebrates an ethos of inclusion with more than twenty-eight different denominational identities represented and a growing diversity among its faculty, staff, and student populations.