June 21, 2011 — Aaron J. Walton, a graduate student in theology ethics and culture in the University of Virginia's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, has been selected to receive a 2011 doctoral fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education.
Walton will receive a $20,000 stipend to fund his future plans involving religion and theology. He, along with 18 other doctoral fellowship recipients, accepted their awards at the 2011 Fund for Theological Education Leaders in the Academy conference, "Reflecting Globally, Leading Locally: Theological Scholarship in Dialogue with Diaspora," held June 3-5 at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., the fellowships provide support to underrepresented racial and ethnic doctoral students who plan to teach religion, biblical studies and theology at the university level. With a $1.5 billion annual reward, the Fund for Theological Education has provided more than 6,100 fellowships, supporting pastors and scholars of the next generation.