Four $2,500 Awards Given to Seminary Students Across the Country
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 29, 2015) – The GuideOne Foundation today announced the four recipients of the GuideOne Foundation scholarship. This annual scholarship program was launched in 2014 and allows deserving religious studies or seminary students the chance to earn one of four $2,500 scholarships.
“The GuideOne Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship program that allows us to show our support for the church leaders of tomorrow,” stated Jim Wallace, president of the Foundation and chairman, president and CEO of GuideOne Insurance. “We are thrilled to be able to help these students pursue their calling and future career in ministry.”
More than 80 applications from around the country were received and extensively reviewed by a selection committee that was comprised of individuals who work in a church or faith-based educational setting. Based on a specific set of criteria, the following individuals were selected as the 2015 GuideOne Foundation Scholarship recipients: Aleese Baldwin, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; James Canevaro, of Clinton, Mississippi; Daniel Flucke, of Dubuque, Iowa; and Brett Rushing, of Brandon, Mississippi.
Aleese Baldwin is studying to receive her Masters of Divinity Degree at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She has gained several years of experience by working with different ministries and taking on varying roles within them. Examples include serving as a Summer Ministry Coordinator, Camp Counselor, Bible Study Leader and Liturgical Ensemble Coordinator. She even started a small group at Wartburg Theological Seminary that is focused on the intersection of faith, learning and how it impacts college students and their everyday lives. Not only is Aleese active within the ministry, but she also is very passionate about music. She has accompanied and directed many children and adult choirs, while also sharing her passion and talents in music by being a part of the Luther College Orchestra Symphony as a violinist and harpist, as well as the Chamber Orchestra, Central Iowa Symphony and the Iowa City Community String Orchestra. Aleese expects to graduate in May 2016.
James Canevaro is pursuing his Masters of Divinity degree from the Reformed Theological Seminary, located in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a devoted husband and father and works as an intern at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi. With this position, James has had the opportunity to teach Sunday school and preach. His involvement in the ministry doesn’t stop there; he also hosts a bi-weekly small group and preaches at small churches throughout Mississippi twice a month. James also is the recipient of the Chick-fil-A $1,000 scholarship, which required working 1,900 hours at the restaurant, along with a manager recommendation. James is expected to graduate in December 2015.
Daniel Flucke is studying to receive his Masters of Divinity degree at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Before attending Wartburg Theological Seminary, Daniel was a student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he found his calling to become a pastor. He served on the college ministries student congregation, and also was involved with both the Outreach and Teens Encounter Christ teams. Besides his involvement at Luther College, Daniel has served two years on a church council, has worked as a worship and youth group volunteer and has been on staff at Crossways Camping Ministries as a summer camp counselor. Daniel also completed a summer unit of pastoral education at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he worked as a staff Chaplin intern in the hospital. He also has been involved in mission trips traveling to places, such as Belize, Guatemala, Kentucky, St. Paul, Chicago and Milwaukee. Daniel is currently completing a year-long pastoral internship at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa, where he is engaging in pastoral ministry, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and visitation, youth and family services, and outreach ministry. Daniel plans to graduate in May 2016.
Brett Rushing attends New Orleans Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is studying to receive his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Expository Preaching. Brett found his passion to become a pastor from working with students and thoroughly exposing the Bible to them. Brett has a passion for ending Bible illiteracy in students and adults by proclaiming the truth of Scripture, even if it is difficult to understand. For the past three years, Brett has been an intern at various churches, including Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi, First Baptist Church in Brandon, Mississippi, and is currently working at the First Baptist Church in Slidell, Louisiana. Brett plans to graduate in December 2016.
Information about the 2016 scholarship program will be available on GuideOne.com early next year.
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