Hope Student Named "Undergraduate Fellow"
To Explore Ministry
Posted July 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College senior Daniel Hinz of
LaGrange, Ill., has been named a 2002 "Undergraduate Fellow"
by the Fund for Theological Education (FTE).
Hinz was one of only 70 students nationwide to
receive fellowships through FTE's "Partnership for
Excellence Program." FTE awards the fellowships to college
students who demonstrate superior academic achievement and
exceptional promise for ministry, with the aims of
introducing them to theological education and encouraging
their vocational discernment.
The recognition includes a $1,500 award for
educational expenses or for a special project to explore
ministry, and the option of applying for an additional $500
stipend for a mentoring project for investigating ministry
further. In addition, all of the 2002 Fellows attended the
2002 Summer Conference on Excellence in Ministry, "The
Pastoral Imagination," held on Thursday-Sunday, June 20-23,
at St. John's University School of Theology-Seminary in
Melissa Wiginton, director of the Partnership for
Excellence Program, feels that the conference-stipend
combination provides an essential engagement with theology
and ministry for young people exploring their interest in
"This fellowship offers a gift of relationships,
time and money with which a young person can attend to and
foster the pastoral imagination she or he already
possesses," she said. "It enables him or her to be a
steward of God's mysteries, perhaps nurturing them as gifts
for ministry in God's church."
Established in 1954, the Fund for Theological
Education seeks to attract the best and brightest students
to the practices of ministry and theological teaching and
scholarship. Through the years, the fund has awarded some
Hinz is a religion major at Hope. His activities
have included the Campus Ministries Office's spring break
mission trip program, Young Life, the Cosmopolitan
Fraternity, and the traditional Pull tug-of-war between
members of the freshman and sophomore classes.
He is the son of Richard and Deborah Hinz of
LaGrange. He is a 1999 graduate of Lyons Township High
School in LaGrange.